Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Gamecocks are promising a better effort on defense and all around as they get ready to play Vanderbilt this Saturday.
USC is coming off a 41-30 loss to Georgia, a game which saw them give up 536 yards of offense, the most they've allowed since the 2011 SEC Championship Game. The points Georgia scored were also the most since the 2011 Georgia game in September of that year.
Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier isn't running from the loss; in fact, he's taking much of the blame.
"We had a bad coaching game," Spurrier said. "Starts with me. I'm responsible for everything that goes on around here. We didn't look very good...These players can play a lot better than they did the last time out.
"There's nothing embarassing about losing as long as you play smart and play with a lot of effort. We didn't do those two things."
As fans who watched the game on t.v. saw, things got so bad that assistant defensive coaches Kirk Botkin and Deke Adams got into a verbal spat on the sideline and had to be separated.
Spurrier said that's a done issue, by the way. "We hashed it out," he said. "It won't happen again."
It's not just defense, though. Spurrier also agrees with those fans that didn't like the play call when the Gamecocks were on the goal line early in the fourth quarter. Facing a fourth down, USC ran a pitch play to running back Mike Davis out of the option. Georgia stopped them, then used their running game to run out the clock for the rest of the game.
"That was a bad call on the fourth and foot line," he admitted. "We should have come up the middle on that one."
Spurrier's players are ready to prove themselves again against the Commodores.
"I think we are looking at it as a statement game," Davis said Tuesday. "Everyone's angry. We want to take it out on someone else. No one's chill. No one's laid back. No one's laughing about it. Some people even took it as an embarassment."
Spurrier wants fans to come with a "screaming and yellling attitude," and he hopes to reward them with a better product on the field.
"You have to have the ability to forget what you did last week whether it's good or bad, and move on and try to improve as the season goes. And we should. this team should improve with all the youngsters we got playing, especially on defense. They should improve. If we coach worth a flip, they'll get better and better as we go."