Steve Spurrier Now 2nd All-time In SEC Coaching Victories

Posted: Sep 15 2014, 4:00am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Steve Spurrier Now 2nd All-time in SEC Coaching Victories
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South Carolina Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier won his 201st game -- second-most all-time tied with Vince Dooley and one spot behind Paul "Bear" Bryant -- on Sept. 13 after his team beat the Georgia Bulldogs, 38-25.

South Carolina Gamecocks head football coach Steve Spurrier is now the second-winningest in SEC football history.

Spurrier achieved the feat with his 201st all-time victory afer No. 14 South Carolina beat the Georgia Bulldogs, 38-25 on Sept. 13, per the Gamecocks' official athletics website:

"The South Carolina versus Georgia football game has a long history of great moments, and Saturday's Gamecocks 38-35 victory added to the lore of the series which began in 1894. Coach Steve Spurrier picked up his 201st win as Southeastern Conference coach, tying him with Georgia legend Vince Dooley for second on the all-time list behind Paul 'Bear' Bryant. It was also Spurrier's 16th career win over the Bulldogs, the most by any head coach against Georgia.

"'Some wins are better than others,' Spurrier said in his postgame press conference. 'Sometimes all you can say is it was our turn to win.'

"The historic win pushed the Head Ball Coach ahead of Auburn legend Shug Jordan for the most career wins against the Bulldogs. Overall, Spurrier is 16-6 in his career against Georgia, including a 5-5 record as the coach of the Gamecocks. It marked the first time that South Carolina defeated Georgia in three straight home meetings, and it was also the fourth overall win in the last five meetings of the series.

"'To get five here at South Carolina (against Georgia) is pretty neat,' Spurrier said. 'I think I might be the winningest South Carolina coach over Georgia too. We've had some close ones with them, and tonight was another one as it turned out'"

Even though South Carolina has improved in each of its last three games, Spurrier knows nothing won't come easy against Vanderbilt, per's Avery Wilks (via

"No. 14 South Carolina has improved with each of its three games this season, and head coach Steve Spurrier expects the Gamecocks to have their best outing yet next week against Vanderbilt.

"USC -- especially its defense -- faced a steep learning curve against tough opponents to start the season, looking outmatched in a 24-point loss to Texas A&M before squeezing out victories against (the) ECU (Pirates) and Georgia.

"Spurrier has noted USC's improvement in all three facets of the game since the season-opening loss but hopes to see more progress when the Gamecocks travel to Nashville, Tennessee, this weekend for their first road game of the year.

"'We're looking forward to playing Vandy this week to see if we can continue improving on offense, defense, special teams,' Spurrier said during his teleconference Sunday afternoon. 'We're looking forward to that game.'

"Vanderbilt (1-2) was thought to be a program on the rise entering the season, but now looks like the closest thing (the) USC (Trojans) will have to a tune-up game in the first third of the season.

"The Commodores received a 31-7 thumping from (the) Temple (Owls) to start the season, then were blown out 41-3 by No. 10 Ole Miss (Rebels) in week two. On Saturday, Vanerbilt had to score 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to escape with a 34-31 victory over (the) Massachusetts (Minutemen).

"That contrasts sharply with the teams USC has played so far. Spurrier says that he thinks USC has opened up with the toughest three-game schedule in college football.

"'I don't think anybody has played three teams that are going to have winning records -- maybe all three of them will win 10 games or more,' Spurrier said.

"'I think we have opened up against some very good offenses, and that's maybe part of the reason defensively we struggled a bit,' he added later. 'But we did make some improvements.'"

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