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It wasn't always like this for Spurrier.
His Florida teams averaged 36 points a game against the Bulldogs, going 11-1 as a coach against the team who beat him in his senior year with the Gators, denying the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback what would have been the school's first SEC title.
But with the Gamecocks he's gone 1-3 against Georgia, his team scoring less than 10 points a game and tallying just three offensive touchdowns in four contests. In 1995, Spurrier's Gators threw seven touchdowns in a 52-17 win over the Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium, which remains the most points an opponent has scored between the hedges.
"There's a fine line there between playing wide open and smart," Spurrier said. "Whatever it takes to win the game is obviously what we ought to try to do."
Spurrier promises his team won't play as conservative this weekend. He even threw passes to his receivers at practice Saturday as he tried to find the balance between nurturing a running game that finished last in the SEC in 2008 and barely cracked 100 yards in the season opener and finding the right time to throw the ball down the field with a team that led the Football Bowl Subdivision with 27 interceptions thrown in 2008.
"We know we need to put points on the board to win games," freshman wide receiver Tori Gurley said. "Coach wouldn't mind if we win 2-0, but with him being an offensive genius, he wants us to put points on the board."
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