October 31, 2007

Gamecocks keeping positive attitude

If anything, South Carolina's football players are resilient.

While the devastating loss to Tennessee was painful, the Gamecock players have, by all accounts, shaken off the setback and started focusing entirely on Saturday's road matchup with Arkansas.

"We're not going to let last week's game mess with our heads," running back Cory Boyd said. "We're going to let it go and focus on getting a win and finish 9-3. We have to start out strong. They're going to give us their best shot and we have to give them ours back. We can't have any letdowns, just start out fast and strong. We have to play all four quarters. Hopefully some of the younger guys get that and do the same."

ESPN2 will nationally televise the game from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at 8 p.m.

"I think we're okay. Our guys get over losses pretty well," Spurrier said. "They get over them better than us coaches. But it's history. We're not the first team to ever lose a close game that could have gone either way. We've won some like that in the past. We have to put it behind us and say we didn't play well enough to win the game."

USC started the season 6-1 with victories over Georgia and Kentucky, but has now lost two consecutive games to Vanderbilt and Tennessee. With 10 or 11 SEC schools likely to be bowl eligible, the Gamecocks need a seventh win to assure participation in a bowl game.

Following this weekend's trip to Fayetteville, USC closes out the regular season with home contests against Florida and arch-rival Clemson.

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