South Carolina embarrasses Georgia 35-7

Ace Sanders

South Carolina dominated Georgia 35-7. Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia had a chance to jump into national title contention, but wilted under the pressure again and fell to South Carolina 35-7. The loss drops UGA’s record to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the SEC.

The fifth-ranked Bulldogs were never close to the sixth-ranked Gamecocks last night, and it was embarrassing. A Ken Malcome touchdown late in the fourth quarter kept the Dawgs from being shutout for the first time since 1995.

South Carolina asserted their dominance on the opening possession of the game, marching 76 yards to take a 7-0 lead. Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell returned the ensuing kickoff 48 yards, but the Dawgs turned it over three plays later when Aaron Murray’s pass was tipped and then intercepted.

The Gamecocks proceeded to march down the field on Georgia’s defense again, this time for 69 yards. After a 14-yard TD pass, USC led 14-0.

Georgia would go three and out on their next possession and had to punt. South Carolina’s Ace Sanders returned the punt 70 yards for the touchdown and the rout was on.

South Carolina didn’t score in the 2nd quarter and took their 21-0 lead into the half. But the game was already over for the Bulldogs who looked they had already quit. The Dawgs didn’t put up much of a fight in the 2nd half and finally succumbed to defeat.

The Gamecocks finished with 392 yards of total offense compared to only 224 for Georgia.

“They can’t say they own us anymore, that’s for sure,” South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said. That hurts, but it’s true. Georgia has lost three straight to the Gamecocks.

The Bulldogs are now 0-10 against SEC teams that finished ranked since 2008. And over the last two years, Georgia is 0-10 against all ranked teams.

Those number are indicative of the state of Georgia’s program under Richt lately. The Bulldogs simply can’t win the big games.

They will, however, get another chance at a big game on Oct. 27 when they face Florida in Jacksonville. Even though they got routed last night, UGA can still finish the season 11-1 or 10-2. Of course that’s if Georgia doesn’t lose a game it is supposed to win.

Georgia players and their fans will have an extra week to boil over this loss as Saturday is an off week. The Bulldogs return to action on Oct. 20 at Kentucky. Time and TV for that game will be announced tomorrow.

Poll Updates:

  • AP: Georgia has dropped from 5th to 14th.
  • Coaches: TBA

Georgia at South Carolina Highlights:

Related Links:

More in UGA Football

Dawg Nation

Budget of $123 million approved by UGAAA Athletics Board

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 26, 2016
Devon Gales

Devon Gales moves legs voluntarily for first time

Brandon SudgeMay 19, 2016
Brandon Kublanow

Brandon Kublanow named to 2016 Rimington Trophy Watch List

Kevin KelleyMay 17, 2016
Brian Herrien

RB Brian Herrien signs with UGA as late qualifier for 2016 class

Brandon SudgeMay 17, 2016
Brian Herrien

RB Brian Herrien to sign with Georgia on Tuesday

Brandon SudgeMay 17, 2016
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game

Time, TV Set for Georgia-North Carolina Game on Sept. 3

Kevin KelleyMay 17, 2016
Chauncey Rivers

UGA DL Chauncey Rivers dismissed after third marijuana arrest

Brandon SudgeMay 13, 2016
Nick Robinson

QB Nick Robinson to transfer from Georgia

Brandon SudgeMay 12, 2016
Kirby Smart & Sony Michel

UGA ranked 13th in ESPN Post-Spring Way-Too-Early Top 25

Kevin KelleyMay 10, 2016
Kirby Smart

UGA sets 2016 Homecoming Game vs. Vanderbilt

Kevin KelleyMay 10, 2016
Georgia Bulldogs

73 UGA student-athletes to receive degrees Friday

UGA Sports CommunicationsMay 10, 2016
Max Wray

2018 OL Max Wray’s loyalty to Georgia is unmatched among fellow recruits

Brandon SudgeMay 10, 2016

© 2016 SicEmDawgs.com
Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties