Can't Take MSU Lightly
Spurrier said the Gamecocks' ability to pull out the close wins this season -- four of their six victories have come by 10 points or less -- have covered some deficiencies on all sides of the ball. The offense is ninth in SEC scoring, while the defense has struggled to maintain large leads. On special teams, the Gamecocks are last in punting and 12th of 14 teams in punt returns.
So there's plenty of work ahead, Spurrier says, and no time to feel good about what happened last week.
"We are fired up that after eight games we are in the hunt for the Eastern Division along with three other teams," he said. "We play them one at a time, play it out and see where we finish up when the year is over."
Mississippi State is coming off last Saturday's 28-22 win over Kentucky. The Bulldogs built a 21-7 lead in the first half, but couldn't secure the game until the Wildcats' last drive fell short at Mississippi State's 29 with 21 seconds left.
Dak Prescott threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from receiver Jameon Lewis in another impressive all-around performance. It was the second time this season Lewis has had rushing, receiving and passing touchdowns in a game.
MSU has played only one SEC road game where it lost to upstart Auburn by 4 points, 24-20.
Dak Prescott threw for 213 yards and rushed for 133 with two touchdowns.
The Bulldogs were able to keep in check Auburn tailbacks Corey Grant, Tre Mason and Cameron Artis-Payne, who had been the strength of the offense.
Mississippi State twice forced turnovers in Auburn territory in the second half, but failed to produce points both times. Auburn turned the ball over three times in all and MSU had no turnovers.