You can take the Head Ball Coach out of the Fun ’n’ Gun offense in Florida, but you can’t take the Fun ’n’ Gun out of the Head Ball Coach.
USC coach Steve Spurrier was having a flashback to his Gator days at one point Thursday and admitted to doing a little scoreboard watching.
He lamented the offense couldn’t score 50 points, despite having 41 by early in the fourth quarter.
“I was thinking for the first time we might score 50, but we couldn’t quite do it,” he said. “I think we need to score 50 sometime if we can, but we couldn’t do it tonight.”
He must have forgotten that 52-7 victory against Middle Tennessee in 2006. Still, it was the most points scored by his program since the 2006 Liberty Bowl, when the Gamecocks scored 44 against Houston.
Spurrier’s star receiver, Jeffery, who caught seven passes for 106 yards, has the same mind-set.
“Our goal is to be the most explosive offense in the SEC and in the country,” Jeffery said.
Huddle? What huddle?
Spurrier liked the flow of Thursday’s game, which featured a pair of offenses that didn’t gather in a circle to discuss the next play the entire game.
“I don’t think either team huddled all night. When has that last happened at Williams-Brice Stadium? I sort of like that. It gives you extra time,” he said.
It might also require a new entry in the USC record book for fewest huddles in a game.
Ready for the SEC
Safety Akeem Auguste knows the level of competition is going to be different next week against Georgia. He stated as much when asked what Ellis Johnson, the assistant head coach for defense, said to the defensive unit after the game.
“He said, ‘We’re done playing the soccer team now. It’s time to go for the real boys,’” Auguste said.