||GEORGIA at SOUTH CAROLINA
Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
|LIVE TV: ESPN2
[Mark Jones, play-by-play; Bob Davie, analyst; Quint Kessenich, sidelines]
Mark Richt is in his 10th season at Georgia and overall with a record of 91-27 (.771). The Bulldogs' offensive coordinator is Mike Bobo and Todd Grantham serves as the defensive coordinator.
Steve Spurrier is in his sixth season at South Carolina with a record of 36-28 (.563) and in his 26th season overall with a record of 225-109-2 (.673). Spurrier serves as the Gamecocks' offensive coordinator and the defensive coordinator is Lorenzo Ward.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN GEORGIA HAS THE BALL
In his Georgia debut, Aaron Murray completed 17-of-26 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Georgia offensive line did not allow a sack in opener. The five Bulldog offensive line returning starters have combined to start an SEC-leading 132 games in their careers. In 2009, this unit led the SEC with the fewest sacks allowed with only 12 in 13 games. After 707 days, senior SE Kris Durham returned to the lineup for a home game against UL. He led the team with five catches for 83 yards (both career highs) and one touchdown.
The Gamecock rushing defense came up big against Southern Miss, allowing just 67 yards on the ground on 27 attempts by the Golden Eagles. With Southern Miss throwing the ball 57 times last Thursday, it is no surprise that the defensive backfield made the majority of the plays for Carolina. Akeem Auguste led the way with eight stops, including one for loss, while DeVonte Holloman had seven tackles and his second career interception.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SOUTH CAROLINA HAS THE BALL
The complete Bulldog front proved effective in the new 3-4 scheme as the Ragin' Cajuns were held to just 14 yards rushing and 128 yards overall (UL's only score of the game came on a 60-yard TD pass). Despite playing in only 10 games as a sophomore, Justin Houston finished second in the SEC in 2009 with a team-leading 7.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss. Houston picked up where he left off in the 2010 opener by recording a sack and two tackles. Senior ILB Akeem Dent tied for a team-high six tackles, including a sack, against the Ragin' Cajuns. Sporting three new starters in the secondary, the Bulldog cornerbacks and safeties recorded three INTs and allowed just eight completions versus UL.
Carolina produced 449 yards of total offense last week, split almost equally - 224 yards on the ground and 225 yards through the air. Stephen Garcia completed 16-of-23 passes for 193 yards and had five rushes for 38 yards and 2 TDs against Southern Miss. Carolina averaged 6.9 yards per play in the win. T.J. Johnson was selected as the SEC's Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in the Gamecocks' 41-13 win over USM. He was making his first career start at center after starting all 13 games as a redshirt freshman at right guard during the 2009 season, where he earned Freshman All-SEC accolades. Marcus Lattimore Rushed 14 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns in first collegiate game.
Place-kicker Blair Walsh rank among the nation's best at their respective positions. In 2009, Butler was a consensus All-American and the Ray Guy Award winner, which is given to the nation's top punter. Walsh was one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which is given to the nation's top place-kicker. Both are again on the preseason Watch Lists for their respective awards in 2010. In the first game of 2010, Walsh connected on two FGs, one from 52 yards and the other from 48 yards.
In the first game of the 2010 season, Spencer Lanning showed no signs of rust as he boomed two punts for an average of 52.5 yards and was a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal tries and 5-5 on extra points. Lanning has hit three field goals and 30 PAT attempts in a row.
Record: UG, 46-14-2
The Bulldogs (1-0) will face South Carolina (1-0) Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both squads... Both teams are coming off blowout wins at home, Georgia routing Louisiana 55-7 while USC took care of Southern Mississippi 41-13...The Gamecocks have been Georgia's first SEC foe of the season since they joined the league in 1992.... The Bulldogs are 13-5 in these games including 7-2 under Richt... Last year in Athens, Georgia posted a 41-37 victory over USC... It marked the seventh time in the past nine meetings that the margin of victory was seven points or less.