NCAA Game Summary - Georgia at South Carolina|
(Saturday, September 13th)
Final Score: (2) Georgia 14, South Carolina 7
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Knowshon Moreno scored the game-winning
touchdown as the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs held on to defeat the South
Carolina Gamecocks, 14-7, in SEC action.
Moreno finished the game with 79 yards on 20 carries while Matt Stafford went
15-for-25 with 146 yards along with 15 yards on the ground for the Bulldogs
(3-0, 1-0 SEC), who avenged last year's 16-12 loss at the hands of South
"I can say with all honesty, my gut has churched more in this series, and on
this field, than any other times since I have been at Georgia," said Georgia
coach Mark Richt. "Our defense knew they would have to rise up. We found a way
to win, and I am so thankful. We're 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference against
an outstanding defense."
Chris Smelley finished 23-for-39 with 271 yards, one touchdown and one
interception while Moe Brown hauled in seven balls for 130 yards and a score
for the Gamecocks (1-2, 0-2), who have dropped their past two games.
"I'm proud of the effort of our guys, I told them it could have definitely
been worse," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "And Moe Brown
made some nice catches and made the only touchdown of the game."
After exchanging punts to start the second half, Georgia, trailing 7-6, took
the lead. The Bulldogs got into Gamecocks territory on the first play of the
drive thanks to a 21-yard catch by Demiko Goodman and a 15-yard personal
foul penalty on South Carolina.
On a 2nd-and-10 play later in the march, Stafford took the ball on a
quarterback keeper and rushed 30 yards down to the South Carolina four-yard
line. On the next play, Moreno rushed the ball to the left side, cut sharply
to make one defender miss and the fought through two other tacklers to get
into the end zone. Stafford connected with Kris Durham for the two-point
conversion and a 14-7 lead with 5:12 left in the third.
"We had to score," said Richt. "Thankfully, we got the two. That could have
made all the difference in the game."
On its first touch of the fourth quarter, South Carolina put together an
impressive drive as the team drove the length of the field and earned a 1st-
and-goal. However, Mike Davis took a pitchout to the left and attempted to
dive over the pile from a yard out, but he was hit in mid-air and fumbled the
ball. It was recovered by Georgia in the end zone to give the Bulldogs the
ball at their 20-yard line.
"We tried once to get the ball in along the goal line but just couldn't get it
in," said Spurrier.
The Gamecocks held the Bulldogs, though, and forced a punt. Brian Mimbs punted
a beauty as it hit the ground and rolled several more yards for a 77-yard boot
to force South Carolina back to its own 11-yard line with 6:23 to play.
On the first play of the drive, a blown coverage resulted in Jared Cook being
wide open and Smelley connected with him for 34 yards. Then at the Georgia 40
on 1st-and-10, Smelley and Freddie Brown hooked up for nine yards, but the
next three passes went incomplete and the ball was turned over on downs.
After again stopping Georgia, South Carolina had one last chance to tie the
game and drove all the way down to the Georgia 17, but Reshad Jones picked off
a Smelley pass to seal the victory.
After a sloppy first quarter that saw several penalties and little offense
between the two teams, Georgia got on the scoreboard early in the second
After getting the ball back with under two minutes to play in the first, the
Bulldogs faced a 3rd-and-12 at their own 15, but a pass interference call on
South Carolina moved the chains. Later in the drive on 3rd-and-7 in Gamecocks
territory, Moreno contributed an 11-yard rush for a first down. The drive
stalled and, after Durham dropped a pass in the end zone, Blair Walsh pushed
through a 42-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
South Carolina quickly answered to take the lead. On 3rd-and-7, Smelley hit
Moe Brown over the middle for 19 yards to get the ball into Georgia territory.
Two plays later, Smelley again connected with Brown, this time on a bomb down
the left sideline that Brown hauled in and took into the end zone on a 34-yard
score. After Ryan Succop's extra point, the Gamecocks had a 7-3 lead with 8:42
left in the second.
On the ensuing possession, Georgia controlled the ball for the remainder of
the half, but was unable to take the lead. Georgia faced a 3rd-and-21 after a
sack and a holding call, but Stafford found A.J. Green down the right sideline
and put the ball into the receiver's hands between two defenders for a 39-yard
play. Facing a 1st-and-goal at the five-yard line, Georgia was unable to get
the ball into the end zone as Stafford was stopped on a third down play at the
one-yard line and the team had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Walsh
to make it a 7-6 game heading into the locker room.
It was Moreno's seventh touchdown of the season...The Bulldogs are 45-14-2 in
the series with South Carolina...Cook finished the game with three catches for
68 yards...Georgia limited South Carolina to just 18 rushing yards on 16
carries...Georgia controlled the ball for over 11 minutes more than South
09/13 22:00:36 ET