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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 5 Georgia traveled to face No. 6 South Carolina Saturday night in what was expected to be one of the best games of the weekend. The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 SEC) had another thing in mind, however, starting fast and never looking back in a 35-7 rout of the Dawgs.
The Gamecocks jumped on UGA (5-1, 3-1) immediately, scoring on a 76-yard drive to open the game. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was intercepted on a batted pass on the Bulldogs’ first possession and USC quickly turned that into a touchdown pass from Connor Shaw to Rory Anderson. On UGA’s next drive, South Carolina forced a punt that was taken 70 yards for a score by the electric Ace Sanders.
All of a sudden lightning had struck and UGA found itself down 21-0 just 10 minutes into the game.
From there, the South Carolina defense dominated the Georgia offense, which came into the game averaging 48 points per contest. The two-headed monster of Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley at running back was held to just 76 yards on 25 carries and neither back found the end zone.
Marcus Lattimore continued to succeed against Georgia, who had burned for 358 yards and three touchdowns two career matchups. Lattimore broke the 100-yard mark again, running for 109 yards and one score on 24 carries. Shaw only threw 10 times, but was brilliant for USC with 162 yards and two scores on just six completions.
Georgia’s only touchdown came with just 1:55 to go in the game on a Ken Malcome touchdown run. The Gamecock pass rush pressured Murray all night and only allowed him 11 completions on 31 attempts.
Passing – Connor Shaw, 6-for-10, 162 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Marcus Lattimore, 24 car, 109 yards, TD
Receiving – D.L. Moore, 1 rec, 62 yards
Passing – Aaron Murray, 11-for-31, 109 yards, INT
Rushing – Ken Malcome, 5 car, 45 yards, TD
Receiving – Malcolm Mitchell, 3 rec, 52 yards
• South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier recorded his 250th career win against Georgia. 203 of his wins have come in the collegiate ranks while 47 came in the pros.
• Saturday’s showdown with No. 5 UGA was only South Carolina’s fifth game against another top-10 team in program history. The Gamecocks were 0-4 previously.
• Georgia is now 3-10 when playing in games featured on ESPN’s College GameDay.