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Sept. 9, 2006

Recap | Final Stats | Notes

South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier

Opening comments:
“I can’t stand watching our offense line up right now. We had some problems. We had a few drives here and there, but we kept stopping ourselves. Being held to 18 points, we should be playing a lot better and we’re not. We’ll make some changes; I’ll announce them later. I just can’t watch what we’re doing now. If it means playing a bunch of freshmen, that’s fine. I’m tired of watching this. We can’t get it going. I take some of the blame. I called a lousy game, so we’ll try to get better.

“The pass protection was pretty decent. We had some penalties and some things happen. Give Georgia credit. We only had the ball 24 times in the first half. A couple of drives we got close. We had our chances, but we’re just stupid right now.”

On junior quarterback Blake Mitchell:
“Blake did some good things and some so-so things other times. Blake hurt his hand. He sprained his right thumb, so he may be out for a while, but I don’t really know.”

On the play of Georgia:
“They were good. They played about what we thought they’d play. They don’t change a lot and have good coaches. I’m just mad we stopped ourselves.”

On what he thought South Carolina’s chances were to defeat Georgia:
“I thought we had a chance to play with them. The defensive coaches are upset we didn’t stop the run. Georgia ran the ball really well.”

On the South Carolina offense:
“I didn’t call a very good one. You throw the ball down to the 10-yard line and start running. I thought the short-yardage play would work, but we’ve gotten smashed on it this year.

“We just weren’t out there that much. It didn’t work out. We’ve got to make some changes and we will. I’m blaming myself. It’s up to me as the offensive coach to make some changes. We’re not going to play like this. We’ll change the offense a little bit. Hopefully next week I’ll be able to talk more and we’ll get up and play.”

On the status of junior defensive tackle Marque Hall:
“He’s got a sprained knee, but hopefully it’s not terrible. Hopefully he’ll be better next week.”