On a Sunday kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium, the South Caroina Gamecocks welcomed in the Georgia Bulldogs. After a terrible first half from the Gamecock offense, a second half rally came up short in a 28-14 home defeat.
It was a rough first half for the Gamecocks. Georgia started fast and quickly moved down the field on the first drive of the game. Nick Chubb ran for 22 yards on two carries and then Sony Michel added another 27 yards on two carries to set up Georgia inside the twenty. A play later, Nick Chubb ran it in from 15 yards to give the Bulldogs the early lead. Both teams then traded a few punts and at the end of the first quarter the Gamecocks had the ball on their own nine yard-line. On the first play of the second quarter, Gamecock QB Perry Orth was picked off by Georgia’s Malkom Parrish. The Bulldogs would get to the one for Nick Chubb to punch it in for his second score of the day. The Gamecocks fumbled twice in the second quarter but Georgia failed to capitalize. The half ended 14-0 in favor of Georgia after the Bulldogs mismanaged the clock, costing them at least three points.
Georgia looked as if they were going to put the game to bed early in the third quarter. Nick Chubb broke a 40 yard run inside the Carolina ten. But Georgia QB Jacob Eason threw an interception two plays later after a tipped pass was caught by Carolina’s Antione Wilder. Gamecock QB Perry Orth then led the Gamecocks on a 91 yard drive, capped off by a Deebo Samuel touchdown run to cut the score to 14-7 with 4:16 remaining in the third.
After a Georgia punt, the Gamecocks were set up at their own three yard-line. A poor punt followed a three-and out and Georgia was set up at the Gamecock 39. Georgia extended their lead to 21-7 five plays later when Jacob Eason threw a seven yard touchdown to Isaiah McKenzie.
Following the score, the Gamecocks turned it over on downs inside Bulldog territory with 9:44 remaining in the fourth. Georgia picked up a first down before punting with five minutes remaining. Perry Orth then found TEs Kiel Pollard and Hayden Hurst for big gains to set up Carolina at the UGA 40 yard-line with 3:48 remaining. USC converted a fourth down to set up a first and goal at the 2:00 mark - later, Rico Dowdle punched it in to cut the lead to seven with 1:40 left. But the Bulldogs recovered the ensuing onside kick and returned it for the final margin.
The Gamecocks drop to 2-4 (1-4) heading into the bye week. Next game is UMass at home on October 22.