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Game Balls: No. 24 South Carolina vs. No. 3 Georgia

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Finding the silver lining in a disappointing loss.

NCAA Football: Georgia at South Carolina Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the final score, the No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks had a few standout performers in their 41-17 loss to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in Columbia.

Wide receiver Bryan Edwards

The sophomore receiver was a bright spot for the South Carolina offense - hauling in 7 passes for 111 yards and 2 scores. It was the second 100-yard receiving game of the Conway, S.C., native’s young career.

Through two games this season, Edwards has 11 catches for 164 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Cornerback Rashad Fenton

Fans didn’t hear much about Fenton during the television broadcast, but that’s a good thing for a cornerback.

The senior was effective in limiting the big plays from Georgia’s talented wide receivers, but the Gamecocks were still gashed by the Bulldogs’ devastatingly efficient quarterback Jake Fromm. Fromm completed 15 of 18 passes for 194 yards and 1 touchdown, coming on a 43-yard catch-and-run from sophomore speedster WR Mecole Hardman.

Fenton finished the day with 4 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 interception.

Defensive end/linebacker Daniel Fennell

Fennell filled in admirably for injured All-SEC DE/LB DJ Wonnum, who missed the game with a sprained ankle suffered during the Gamecocks’ 49-15 win over Coastal Carolina in Week 1. The redshirt junior had a huge sack in the second quarter.

Fennell couldn’t make up for Wonnum’s absence, but showed promise in adding depth to the position.