SEC Digital Network
ATHENS, Ga. – No. 11 Georgia entered Saturday with its back against the wall following a week one loss, and the Bulldogs responded in a big way by defeating No. 6 South Carolina at Sanford Stadium, 41-30. The Dawgs (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) followed the lead of their senior quarterback, who tossed four touchdowns to lead UGA past the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1 SEC).
The Bulldogs got caught in a track meet last week at Clemson, and this one looked very similar for much of the afternoon. The Dawgs ran out to a 17-3 lead early in the second quarter, but the Gamecocks sprinted right back to tie it up with back-to-back touchdowns from Brandon Wilds and Nick Jones.
The teams continued to trade scores until the fourth quarter, when Georgia’s Murray found Justin Scott-Wesley for a game-breaking, 85-yard touchdown to push the UGA lead to 11. On the Bulldogs’ ensuing drive, they pounded the football on the ground with Todd Gurley and company and managed to bleed the final 8:28 off the clock and secure the victory.
Gurley was a workhorse for UGA, carrying 31 times for 132 yards and a score. Keith Marshall chipped in 58 yards on seven carries, and the Bulldogs and Gamecocks each rushed for over 200 yards on the evening.
Mike Davis did his part for USC, running for 151 yards and a score on 16 attempts, while Connor Shaw added 66 rushing yards to his 229 aerial yards.
Passing – Aaron Murray, 17-for-23, 309 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – Todd Gurley, 31 car, 132 yards, TD
Receiving – Justin Scott-Wesley, 3 rec, 116 yards, TD
Passing – Connor Shaw, 16-for-25, 229 yards, 2 TD
Rushing – Mike Davis, 16 car, 151 yards, TD
Receiving – Nick Jones, 6 rec, 97 yards, 2 TD
• South Carolina had won the previous three meetings in the series, and the Gamecocks have never won four consecutive against UGA with the loss.
• Georgia leads the all-time series 47-16-2.
• South Carolina is now 5-4 against UGA when both teams are ranked.
• Georgia is 31-45-2 all-time at home against ranked opponents, and is now 5-5 in such games against top-10 competition.
• Since 1992, Georgia has opened its SEC schedule with South Carolina all but once.