ATLANTA (AP) - No matter how hard Steve Spurrier tugged on his
visor or how deep he reached into his bag of tricks, the coach
couldn't will South Carolina past Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.
The 65-year-old Spurrier, returning to his first Southeastern
Conference championship game in 10 years, was animated as ever on
the sideline in the Tigers' 56-17 win on Saturday.
Spurrier pulled his visor down over his face in disgust after an
Auburn touchdown early in the game. He threw the visor to the
ground in anguish after Cam Newton's crushing Hail Mary touchdown
pass at the end of the first half.
Spurrier won six SEC championships at Florida, where the Gators
were often the favorite in the title game. Spurrier's Gamecocks
couldn't overcome their underdog role against No. 2 Auburn.
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