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Gamecocks focused on LSU, not Georgia win

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012

Chalk up another challenge, said South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles. "I feel like we've got something to prove on the road," he said.

Quarles and Swearinger are among South Carolina's upperclassmen who have kept a steady hand on the team through its rise this season, Spurrier said. The pair are also close friends and former Greenwood High teammates of start LSU defensive lineman Sam Montgomery.

Quarles said the two have talked this week, wishing each other good luck and looking forward to seeing each other in person.

"We've got a brotherly bond," Quarles said. "It's going to be fun."

Spurrier's sure having a good time, despite his calm, focused talk.

This week, he recalled going 3-0 against LSU while playing quarterback for Florida in the 1960s, joked how fortunate the Gamecocks will be to have star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney for three years before he's NFL eligible — "At Kentucky (basketball), they get them only one year and they're happy," Spurrier said — and even got in a dig at state rival Clemson, which also has nicknamed its football stadium, Death Valley.

"Most of our guys have never been to Death Valley. That is the Death Valley, isn't it? Or is there another one?" Spurrier cracked. "There's two of them? That's right, there's two Death Valleys."

Spurrier said his team's fast offensive start against Georgia — the Gamecocks led 21-0 with less than nine minutes gone in the game — put the Bulldogs on their heels and gave South Carolina's defense the chance to make plays. The Gamecocks' D kept Georgia off the scoreboard until a meaningless touchdown in the game's final two minutes.

"When one team gets hot, scores on the first two or three possessions, you got an excellent defense, it can happen," he said. "But you don't ever plan for it. You plan for a down to the wire game being won in the fourth quarter."

That's what Spurrier's expecting against LSU. He's working this week to make sure his team's prepared for that, too.

"We're just trying to guard against going south and that we're totally ready to play this week," Spurrier said.