Here’s what South Carolina coach Shane Beamer had to say after the Gamecocks defeated the No. 8 Tigers 31-30.
On what he was thinking after the last play of the game: “I’m about 60 today. … How proud and grateful I am to be the head football coach here. I know what this rivalry means to the people of South Carolina and Gamecocks everywhere. And I’m really happy for them. I’m really happy for our seniors. There’s a lot of emotion, There really is. And it still didn’t shock me. But pretty amazing.”
When holding mentally after beating No. 5 Tennessee last week: “We were the feel-good story in college football last week. But no one thought we were good enough to win this game. We were the team that caught lightning in a bottle last week,” and there’s no way they can go back and do it again. One of the commentators on ABC last night talking about Clemson needing a really big win today. And they needed “style points” in the playoff. Like, Clemson needed a win. And the group that we’ve got here is so confident.
“After we overindulged in Gainesville two weeks ago, I told them in the locker room after the game, ‘You have an opportunity in the next two weeks to completely change everything with this program, the whole trajectory of this program and the outside narrative. “
In a postgame conversation with Dabo Swinney: “All class, it’s great. He just said, ‘Great game, happy for you.’ And I told him he got the best of us because they make you play your best. They know how to win football games. No matter how bad things get No matter how hard they look or the adversity they face during the match, they always expect to win the football match. This is a sign of a championship program and a championship team.”
About performing Satterfield play calls: “What a fighter he is. He’ll be the first to tell you we didn’t coach well enough in the Florida game, we didn’t coach well enough in the Missouri game. We knew what issues were coming today. That’s a great defense we just played. The front seven is as good as we’ve played all along.” The year. Not all of these guys are going to be draft picks, they’re going to be high-recruiting picks. So we knew it was going to be a tough skate and it was going to be ugly sometimes. We said we couldn’t let the seven forwards take over the game. And they didn’t. We got better as the game went on. And Sat did Great job, as did Clayton (White) and so did Pete (Limbaugh) and all our coaches.”
On the case of Josh Phan: “He’s fine, it was obviously a knee injury. It looked really bad. It’s not the AFC Champions League, so we’ll see.”
Gambling coverage: “We’ve told our players all week that they have some issues with protecting the football and turning the ball over. And our guys on special teams have told us that, not just the defense, but the players we have on kick cover and ballistics cover, there will be opportunities to get out there and hit the ball against the kick returner. The start and against the kickoff return. Great job by them straining to get on the field and causing two to turn around on special teams. That was huge.”
On Spencer Ruttler’s recent performance: “Wonderful Spencer. He’s playing his ass in the month of November. Really happy for him. Do you want to talk about taking a lot of shit sat? He took a lot of shit. And he just comes to work every day, blocking out the noise. I told him, I called him in my office before the Tennessee game. Spencer recalled, “I’m built for this. There’s no other quarterback I’d rather have, and you can solidify your legacy here in South Carolina with what you’ll be doing here in the next couple of weeks. Hopefully, I’ll be back next year and do it again, too.”
This story was originally published Nov 26, 2022 6:19 PM.