The Missouri Tigers will make their fourth bowl appearance since 1983 on Friday as they take on South Carolina in the Independence Bowl. The Tigers will face South Carolina (7-4) for the second time ever. The only other game against the Gamecocks came in the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl. MU won that game 24-14 despite 136 yards from Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers. South Carolina is coached by Steve Spurrier who is in his first season at South Carolina. In the 1966, MU beat Florida 20-18 in the Sugar Bowl—Spurrier was Florida’s quarterback in that game.
Below, Brad Smith comments on facing Spurrier and getting ready for the bowl game. Gary Pinkel also comments on the game.