Spurrier: I thought we were dead

Spurrier: I thought we were dead

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COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 26: Running back Shon Carson #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks catches a pass against safety Braylon Webb 39 of the Missouri Tigers during the first half on October 26, 2013 at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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Posted on October 27, 2013 at 12:23 AM

HEAD COACH STEVE SPURRIER

Opening Statement….

“We’re very happy of course. It was a game that I thought we were dead. About three quarters of the game anyway, but we got some points there in the fourth quarter. Connor Shaw brought us back, guys made some catches, the defense stopped them and somehow Elliot Fry made the field goal and their guy missed. We’re very fortunate and we’re very appreciative. Hopefully we can learn from it, and move on. I’m happy myself, as it’s my first overtime win as a college coach. I was 0-3 prior to this one. I thought for many seconds there I was going to be 0-4, but we hit Bruce Ellington on that corner route after getting a good call from up top. We’re very fortunate and we’re ready to move on, and get ready for Mississippi State.”

 

On putting Shaw in the game…

“I went over and asked him if he could play and he said sure. I said we had to make the move now. Dylan was just a little off here and there. I thought he had a few guys open and he zinged them out, but he threw some good balls. It just wasn’t his night and Connor gave us a little sharpness in there.”

On the defense effort tonight…

“Defense played well. We gave up a big play, including a couple of runs, but our defensive backs battled their (Mizzou) good receivers. We knocked down some jump balls that they threw, and played very well to keep us in the game.”

On the team’s outlook the rest of the season…

“We’re happy to get a win and who knows what can happen down the road. I know Missouri is a very good team. They’ve got four more conference games and we’ve got two more so who knows what can happen.”

On being bowl eligible after tonight’s win…

“You know I thought about that. We’re happy to be bowl eligible. Six wins is nothing to sneeze at. There are a lot of teams in our conference that would love to have six wins right now. Hopefully we can get on a little bit of a roll. It was really good to see our defense play so well, but offensively we’ve got to get better. But one thing about it is that we’re coming home. We’ve got a chance to win 15 straight at home next week, so we have a lot to play for. “

 

 

South Carolina Player Quotes

Freshman Kicker, Elliott Fry

On the emotion of overtime…

“It was pretty crazy. You know everybody is yelling and screaming. You have the crowd and everyone going crazy but you have to find a way to stay calm and do what you do.”

On staying calm under pressure…

“It is really just about focus. You have to just practice what you do. A big part of the kicking game is mental, and being able to focus when the time comes. You just block everybody out and focus.”

On being able to stay confident…

“That is another big thing in kicking, is moving onto the next kick. You just have to have a short memory.”

Senior Quarterback, Connor Shaw

On the emotions entering into the game with your team down 17-0…

“Just to stay calm. We are not going to win a game in one series.”

On the comfort of taking that first hit and not getting injured…

“Yes, it was. I was grateful. I wasn’t even supposed to be playing in this game. They said I was supposed to be out 2-3 weeks. I am thankful to be able to play in this game.”

Sophomore Tailback, Mike Davis

On the turnaround from the fumbles to the successful screen passes…

“It was just my teammates picking me up. They were telling me to forget about it, and to have a positive attitude.”

On a point in the game of the team possibly losing hope…

“No, I didn’t lose hope at all. I tell you what, our guys today came together and we all played for each other and we never gave up.”

On tonight’s two fumbles…

“They just stripped it out (of my hands). They were great plays by their (Mizzou) defensive players. One time on the goal line, as soon as I got the ball, I stepped forward and someone had his hand on the ball. At the end of the day, it is all on me.

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