COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- No. 13 South Carolina is facing a back-to-the-wall situation and Steve Spurrier hopes his Gamecocks respond against Vanderbilt on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) must defeat the Commodores (1-1, 0-1) or risk falling into a 0-2 hole in the East Division of the SEC a week after an eye-opening loss at Georgia, something nearly impossible to climb out of in the rugged league.
"We didn't have any swagger about us. We didn't have any intensity," said defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles about the Georgia loss. "We were out there looking like a deer in headlights. We played with no emotion, no intensity at all."
Georgia appeared on the ropes last week after its opening-game defeat at Clemson, yet the ninth-ranked Bulldogs rallied to put up 536 yards on the Gamecocks in a 41-30 victory.
Spurrier called it a "bad coaching day" at Georgia all around. Defensive assistants Kirk Botkin and Deke Adams got into a shouting match on the sidelines in the second half.
"When you get your tails beat, you're in the dumps for a day or two," said Spurrier. "It's no disgrace losing to a team like Georgia at their place, but it was a little disgraceful some of the plays we all made and some of the calls we coaches made were a little embarassing at times. But, it's history."
The Gamecocks expect to regroup after focusing this week on flushing the Georgia loss from their memory banks and correcting their mistakes as they got ready for the Commodores.