COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp met with reporters after Saturday night’s 23-13 loss to Kentucky at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Here’s what the Gamecocks second-year head coach had to say:
- “Extremely disappointed with that performance.” Muschamp said the fans created a nice environment for them to play, but they didn’t match their effort.
- “Hate it for our fans. … We certainly didn’t follow up. Had our opportunities early. Give Kentucky credit.”
- Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is done for the season with a broken leg.
- “Offensively, we couldn’t get anything done. … Couldn’t get off the field (on defense) in the first half.”
- “They were bleeding us out,” Muschamp said of the Kentucky run game.
- “I don’t know that the run game was killing us. … Third-down killed us in the first half. Couldn’t get off the field, couldn’t get the offense on the field.”
- Muschamp said Kentucky “whipped us up front,” when asked why the South Carolina run game didn’t perform well.
- On the third-down-1 and fourth-down-and-1 calls: “I felt good about the call. I felt good about what we were trying to do. It just didn’t work.”
- On the no points off turnovers: “I knew then that was going to come back to haunt us. … You don’t gain on that momentum with two short fields in that environment and that was disappointing.”
- Parker White will handle all field goals now. “Absolutely,” Muschamp said.