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UK’s Phillips Not Bothered By Last-Second Carolina TD; What Was Spurrier’s Motivation?

“Nah, that’s what they do,” Joker Phillips said when asked if he were angry about South Carolina’s last-second touchdown in Kentucky’s 54-3 loss on Saturday.  “That’s their offense.  Why should our problem become their problem?”

Here’s a quick breakdown of the Gamecocks’ final controversial series from Mark Story of The Lexington Herald-Leader:


“South Carolina was leading Kentucky 47-3 Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium when the Gamecocks took over the ball at their own 24 with 3:38 left in the game.

On the ensuing drive, South Carolina completed three passes in what became a 10-play drive.  With a chance to let the game clock run out without scoring, the Gamecocks instead rushed to the line of scrimmage to run one more play.

It became a Dylan Thompson 8-yard touchdown run with eight seconds left in what became a 54-3 victory.”

Poor sportsmanship?  Not according to UK linebacker Danny Trevathan.  “I know (Steve Spurrier) had the lead, but that’s his style of coaching.  We needed to stop them.”

Indeed, Spurrier has never been one to call of the dogs.  The case could be made that as a good general schooled in the Sun-Tzu’s “The Art of War,” the Ol’ Ball Coach is simply inflicting as much damage as possible on his enemy.  Rather than taking a shortsighted view of Saturday’s game, he might have realized that beating down UK (and Phillips) could lead to further unrest in the Wildcat program and hurt them in recruiting.  Since Carolina is traditionally lumped in with the Cats and Vanderbilt in the bottom half of the East, a blowout win might also further send the message that USC has arrived for good in that division’s upper echelon.

Sure, that could be the case.

But dollars-to-doughnuts I’ll betcha Spurrier — who often acts like an overgrown kid — just likes to run it up on people… and long-term prospects played little role in his go-for-the-jugular mentality on Saturday.

 


12 comments
Gamecock87
Gamecock87

Dude, it was the 4th string QB. If the 4th string QB is slinging it around the field completing passes to a 2nd or 3rd string WR/RB, then at what point do you say...maybe it's the defense's problem that they cannot stop the 4th string QB? The RB was also moving the ball, do you tell him to trip himself in space or take a knee?

Some Yahoo
Some Yahoo

...and the 4th string scored the TD.

FourThinInches
FourThinInches

8s in the 4th quarter. Classless. Spurrier is still mad @ Kentucky beating him last year.

gibwud
gibwud

I seem to recall Urban Meyer having quite a lot of run-up scores during his days at Florida. Did that bring out similar "Honest Opinions"? Just curious.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

gibwud...

On this site, we give our opinions. It is our opinion that Spurrier enjoys turning the screws on his opponents whenever he can. End of story. I think that's kind of obvious to anyone who's watched him over 20 years. We also put forth some other explanations as to why he might run it up on folks -- explanations I haven't seen written elsewhere -- but in the end we believe Spurrier just likes to romp over other coaches.

As for Urban Meyer -- which has nothing to do with this, but we'll play along -- I don't recall him racing down the field for a last-second score when leading 47-3. If he did pass his way down the field in the final minutes of a 47-3 game, I'll bet we did indeed comment on it.

Thanks for reading, though I'm not sure what you took offense to.

John

gibwud
gibwud

John, No offense taken. I see run-up scores every week in college football (SEC included) but don't see many comments about them unless it is Spurrier doing it. Also, I'm not saying Surrier doesn't enjoy the run-up, but with the frequency that it occurs in the college game, apparently many other coaches enjoy too.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

gibwud...

That's an automatic function that goes with administrator status. Has nothing to do with me and to be perfectly honest I don't even know what it means.

John

gibwud
gibwud

BTW, Are you cheating to increase your commenter score by thumbs-upping your own comments? Tell the truth.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

gibwud...

Ah. Fair enough. But when someone scores 50 it's one thing... when that someone scores 50 by passing down the field and going in with 8 seconds to go, that's more likely to draw headlines.

I don't think the issue in Lexington was Carolina's 54 points... it was the fact that Spurrier clearly wanted those 54 points even though the game was out of reach an in the final minutes/seconds.

Hardly a big deal. Spurrier's done that for years. But personally, I find it amusing that he'll run it up on people when he can... and yet he gets bitter and snippy when he loses. He really does seem to be a teenager in a 60-year-old's body at times.

Again, thanks for reading,
John

gibwud
gibwud

John, Why is it that when Spurrier's offenses score big, he is running up the score? I don't see others receiving similar criticisms. The final two TD's involved backup QB's and other positional backups. ORE43-Cal 15, Boise St57-Fresno7, LSU41-Florida11, Ala34-Vandy0, Okla55-Texas17, OklaSt70-Kansas28. LSU should have stopped scoring after the 3rd quarter? Alabama should have taken a knee during the entire 4th quarter? Oklahoma St.'s two 2nd half touchdowns weren't over the top? Is it the first team to 30 wins? Or is it 35? Maybe 40?

GAPITCREW
GAPITCREW

Everybody knows that Spurriers magic number is 50. He has said many times that he wants to score 50 on a visit to another stadium.

It is just what he does.

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