NCAA Game Summary - Georgia at South Carolina|
(Saturday, September 11th)
Final Score: (24) South Carolina 17, (22) Georgia 6
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - One week after Marcus Lattimore made his
collegiate debut, the freshman running back totaled 182 yards rushing
and two touchdowns, as No. 24 South Carolina outmuscled
22nd-ranked Georgia, 17-6, in the SEC opener for both teams.
Lattimore's number was called 37 times, as the Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 SEC) and
their pass-happy head coach ran the football 52 times and passed just 17 in
"I wasn't expecting this, but it pays off from all the hard work we've been
through during the summer," Lattimore said. "Our offensive line was in better
shape than their defensive line."
Stephen Garcia was efficient in his attempts, completing 12 passes for 165
yards. Seven of those were caught by Alshon Jeffery, who compiled 103
Aaron Murray finished 14-of-21 for 192 yards and Washaun Ealey posted 75 yards
rushing for the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1). Georgia played without leading wide
receiver A.J. Green, who was serving the second of a four-game suspension for
selling his Independence Bowl game jersey to an individual who meets the NCAA
definition of an agent.
South Carolina sliced through the Bulldogs defense on the game's opening
possession. The highly-touted freshman Lattimore navigated through the Georgia
front seven for 16 yards on an early 3rd-and-12 and pushed through the line
for three more on another third down later in the march.
Lattimore then showcased his leg drive, carrying a Georgia linebacker two
yards into the end zone on the series' 16th play.
"He wasn't very tough, we were just missing tackles," Georgia free safety
Bacarri Rambo said. "We just have to get better at tackling and go to practice
Monday and all next week prepare to tackle better, learn the game plan and
prepare for Arkansas."
The Bulldogs responded with a lengthy 13-play drive, taking the football 60
yards before Blair Walsh connected on a 27-yard field goal. A 14-yard
connection to Tavarres King on third down kept the drive alive later in the
The defenses stood up for nearly the remainder of the half before the
Gamecocks pushed through with Lattimore's second rushing score of the half.
The drive featured two connections between Garcia and Jeffery and a 16-yard
swing pass to Lattimore, which set up the freshman running back's two-yard
plunge and a 14-3 advantage with less than two minutes to play in the half.
Lattimore broke the 100-yard barrier with 101 in the first half, and South
Carolina held a 228-73 edge in total yards.
Georgia, like its first drive of the game, came out of the locker room and
moved the ball into field goal range. Murray found Kris Durham for 11 yards
then Orson Charles for 13 more before connecting with Logan Gray for 15 to the
Gamecocks 26-yard line. The drive ended with Walsh's 26-yard boot for a 14-6
A whole dose of running and clock-eating left the Gamecocks on the doorstep of
the end zone late in the fourth quarter. Lattimore got eight of the carries,
and the drive ended with Spencer Lanning's 24-yard chip shot.
Georgia gave up just 14 total yards to Louisiana-Lafayette in the season
opener...Lattimore ran for 54 yards and two touchdowns in his collegiate debut
then ran for 50 yards in the first quarter against the Bulldogs...This was the
63rd meeting between these SEC rivals, and Georgia still holds a commanding
46-15-2 edge in the series...Durham caught three passes for 76 yards...In
Green's absence, seven different Bulldogs caught passes.
09/11 23:16:50 ET