South Carolina’s Spurrier hopes for strong finish

South Carolina's Spurrier hopes for strong finish (Image 1)

COLUMBIA (AP) – Steve Spurrier was happy to see South Carolina again play like he expected when the year began.

For the 10th-year coach, the schedule’s been largely a series of disastrous losses and unmet expectations. The Gamecocks (5-5) turned that around for at least one week with a miraculous finish to defeat Florida 23-20 in overtime last Saturday.

Spurrier was proud of how his players persevered when they could’ve shut down when faced with what looked like another Southeastern Conference loss. Instead, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal and a punt, the latter leading to a tying touchdown at the end of regulation.

South Carolina capped the comeback with Dylan Thompson’s 4-yard TD run in overtime.

Spurrier said it was the happiest his locker room had been in some time.

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