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COLUMBIA – University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier couldn’t wait to spread the news during his Sunday teleconference.The Gamecocks defense is no longer rated last in the Southeastern Conference.The unit, which has struggled most of the season, has hit its stride in USC’s last two games. It was instrumental in the Gamecocks 23-20 overtime road win against Florida and created five turnovers in a 37-12 victory over South Alabama.“We have had a lot better (last) two games, held the opponent under 300 yards,” said Spurrier. “I don’t have really the answer for it, except our guys have played a little bit better. We’ve stopped the run, stopped the pass a little better. Got off to a slow start last week. It seemed like South Alabama was making a whole bunch of third downs, third-and-10s, 8s, 20s, but we really played well the second half. So, we know we’ve got to really play well up there to give us a chance.”One of the differences for the defense has been the improvement of the defensive front. After losing three of its four starters entering the season, it has stepped up its play.The unit, which has failed to put pressure on the quarterback for much of the season, picked up three sacks against South Alabama.“It is very important,” said defensive tackle J.T, Surratt. “Almost everything starts up front. The battle starts up front. Having the defensive line and the front seven play well, it works for us. Every week we’ve been trying to get better as a whole. We’ve been doing that. We’ve been showing that. We’re going to continue to do that. This week we’re going to do nothing short of trying to get better than we have been the last couple of weeks.”The Gamecocks improvement up front has caught the eye of Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.“I’m very impressed with what they’ve done defensively,” said Swinney. “They’re a young defense that’s gotten better the latter part of the season here. The last two games they’ve given up 12 points and 20 points, so they are playing with more confidence. I think they’ve only got three seniors that play for them over there on the defensive side. It’s a young group, like I said, that’s kind of had to grow up throughout the year.“Their defensive line is big, strong, physical, fit guys. Most of those guys played against us last year and (they’ve) got a couple dynamic guys at linebacker.”The Gamecocks have had success against Clemson during the five-game winning streak although Spurrier doesn’t believe that will be a factor on Saturday.“I don’t know that we have a greater confidence,” said Spurrier. “If we have some confidence it’s because we played pretty well the last two games, not because of what happened last year.”“We don’t talk about (the streak) much,” said senior spur Sharrod Golightly. “This is a different game. They’ve got different players. It is a game that means a lot to everyone. We’re looking forward to going up there and competing.”