Rivalries in the Southeastern Conference always produce memorable games — just ask viewers of the 2013 Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn.
Another chapter was added Saturday (Sept. 13, 2014), when South Carolina and Georgia tangled. This annual matchup has gotten interesting in the past 10 years or so with Steve Spurrier coaching the Gamecocks.
Spurrier has brought his own intensity to this game, dating from his playing days at Florida, the Bulldogs’ fiercest rival. And with the Gamecocks’ rousing 38-35 victory Saturday, he was in typical form.
And so were other observers. Such was the interest that Florida put the game on its own stadium Jumbotron before its own game with Kentucky on Saturday.
Other memorable moments also were noted during and after the game on Twitter and news reports:
And what did Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason have to say about the call on first-and-goal at the 4, which resulted in a crucial intentional grounding call against the Bulldogs?
“We tried to run a little fake boot, felt really good about it,” Mason said in onlineathens.com. “Obviously everybody in the world knew we were probably going to give the ball to Todd (Gurley) and we got two more downs to try to punch it in. They played it really well. The D-end got in my face and I really couldn’t give it to Quayvon (Hicks) because of a wet ball. So I just threw it at his feet. I don’t really understand how it was intentional grounding. The guy was right there. I threw it at him. I don’t understand that call.”
Some historical notes that add to Spurrier’s destiny comments: Spurrier now has 201 career victories, tying former UGA coach Vince Dooley. Also, Spurrier now has beaten the Bulldogs more than any coach ever (16).
– And on it goes. What was your reaction to the game? Did you see any other interesting info online? Leave a comment below.