Upset Spurrier expects improved rushing offense

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—Steve Spurrier hasn’t gotten over the way last season ended and vows to improve in all areas this year, including South Carolina’s last-place running game.

The Gamecocks have been at the bottom in Southeastern Conference in rushing the past three years, although Spurrier says it’s unfair to tag that failure all on his runners. South Carolina, Spurrier points out, is also an average killing 11th out of 12 in preventing sacks. Both those problem areas were exposed last January in the Gamecocks’ 20-7 loss to Connecticut in the Bowl, a defeat Spurrier has yet to shake.