The man whom FSU coach Jimbo Fisher credited Thursday with changing the SEC with his wide-open Fun n' Gun offense has run on 58.1 percent of the Gamecocks' 843 offensive plays this season. In his previous 20 seasons, Spurrier teams had more runs than passes just four times. Before this season, the highest run percentage was 51.8 percent. That was Spurrier's 1996 national title team, which ran more to control big leads than to score. That Gators team won eight games by 30 or more points, scoring 42 touchdowns in the air and 25 on the ground.
This year's Gamecocks likely will become the first Spurrier team to score more rushing touchdowns than passing, with a 25-22 balance entering Friday's game.
"We're better off if we get a chance to run it 40 or 50 times and throw it 25, 30 times," said Spurrier, speaking words that almost sounded apocryphal coming out of his mouth. "That's what our team is best built to do."
Georgia fans, certainly, would acknowledge as much.