Saturday, September 7, 2013
Instant Analysis: Georgia 41, S. Carolina 30
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Three years of frustration against South Carolina came to an end on Saturday when No. 11 Georgia outlasted the No. 6 Gamecocks, 41-30, at Sanford Stadium.
Let's take a look at how the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) jumped into the driver's seat in the SEC East ahead of South Carolina (1-1, 0-1):
It was over when: Up 41-30, Georgia mounted a clock-eating final drive in the fourth quarter, feeding the ball to freshman Brendan Douglas -- taking his first career carries -- repeatedly. Todd Gurley salted away the win with a fourth-down run to keep the ball in the Bulldogs' hands.
Gameball goes to: Aaron Murray. Georgia's quarterback has faced his share of criticism regarding his play in big games, but he was nearly flawless Saturday, completing 17 of 23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdowns.
Stat of the game: 15-plus. In last season's 35-7 loss to South Carolina, Georgia totaled just four plays that covered at least 15 yards. The Bulldogs had six in the first half alone against the Gamecocks on Saturday, en route to 24 first-half points.
Best call: Shortly after scoring its first touchdown of the game, Georgia successfully attempted an onside kick, which Blake Sailors recovered at Georgia's 46. The Bulldogs got a field goal out of the drive to take an early 10-3 lead.
What it means: Georgia overcame its first-week issues to claim an enormous win in the SEC East race. South Carolina has a more manageable conference schedule, but the Gamecocks now need some help from their SEC counterparts in order to jump the Bulldogs in the standings.