GAMEDAY College Football

Georgia 48, South Carolina 7

(AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr.)

By JEFFREY COLLINS
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Stetson Bennett went 16 for 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score as No. 1 Georgia beat South Carolina 48-7.

The Bulldogs (3-0) nearly had a second shutout of the season in their Southeastern Conference opener, but the backups allowed a touchdown pass with 53 seconds to go.

Georgia has allowed just 10 points this season and the garbage-time score was the first offensive touchdown it gave up in its past five regular-season games.

South Carolina (1-2) started 0-2 in the SEC for the fourth straight year.

The Georgia offense scored on eight of its first nine drives, gaining 551 yards and averaging nearly 10 yards a play before putting in the backups in the fourth quarter.

Tight end Brock Bowers had five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score. Georgia let 10 players carry the ball, rushing for 212 yards. Bennett didn't play the final 23 minutes of the game.

The Bulldogs' defensive line overwhelmed by South Carolina's front. A defender was in quarterback Spencer Rattler's face almost every time he dropped back more than three steps. The Oklahoma transfer got off just three deep balls, with two of them intercepted. He didn't play in the fourth quarter and was 13 of 25 for 118 yards.

The 41-point victory was Georgia's biggest against the Gamecocks in their 75 meetings. It was South Carolina's worst loss since a 56-6 defeat to Florida in 2008.

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: Struggles against teams like South Carolina used to define the Bulldogs. At one point when Steve Spurrier was Gamecocks coach in the early 2010s, South Carolina won four of five in the series. But after Saturday's win, Georgia has won 15 of its last 16 over SEC East teams and hasn't lost to an unranked team since the Gamecocks beat them 20-17 in double overtime in 2019.

South Carolina: Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer appears to be breathing life into a program that had lost 13 of its last 16 when he took over in 2021, but there is still a big gap to the best. In his second season, Beamer is 0-4 against Top 25 teams, losing by an average of nearly 24 points.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UGaSCar
UGa TD 8:20 Brock Bowers 5 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 7 0
UGa TD 4:42 Kendall Milton 1 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 14 0
Second Quarter UGaSCar
UGa TD 11:25 Brock Bowers 6 yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 21 0
UGa FG 0:30 Jack Podlesny 42 yard field goal 24 0
Third Quarter UGaSCar
UGa TD 13:21 Brock Bowers 78 yard TD pass from Stetson Bennett (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 31 0
UGa TD 7:13 Stetson Bennett 11 yard TD run (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 38 0
UGa TD 6:00 Oscar Delp 28 yard TD pass from Carson Beck (Jack Podlesny Extra Point) 45 0
Fourth Quarter UGaSCar
UGa FG 8:57 Jared Zirkel 21 yard field goal 48 0
SCar TD 0:53 Traevon Kenion 13 yard TD pass from Luke Doty (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 48 7
Team Stats
  Georgia South Carolina
First downs 32 17
  Rushing 16 7
  Passing 13 9
  Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-9, 56% 4-13, 31%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 35-208 30-92
Passing Yards 339 214
Return Yards 73 46
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-30-0 19-34-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 2 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-20 5-60
Georgia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Bennett 16 23 284 2 0
C. Beck 5 6 55 1 0
B. Vandagriff 0 1 0 0 0
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 13 25 118 0 2
L. Doty 5 8 76 1 1
K. Kroeger 1 1 20 0 0
Georgia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Bennett 3 36 12.0 1
D. Edwards 4 33 8.3 0
B. Robinson 6 32 5.3 0
K. Milton 10 32 3.2 1
C. Beck 2 25 12.5 0
K. McIntosh 4 20 5.0 0
L. McConkey 1 13 13.0 0
C. Jones 1 8 8.0 0
D. Morrissette 1 8 8.0 0
B. Bowers 1 5 5.0 1
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McDowell 8 33 4.1 0
M. Lloyd 9 22 2.4 0
L. Doty 2 18 9.0 0
S. Rattler 2 8 4.0 0
C. Beal-Smith 5 6 1.2 0
D. Miller 1 4 4.0 0
D. Joyner 1 3 3.0 0
N. Adkins 1 1 1.0 0
Georgia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Bowers 5 121 24.2 2
L. McConkey 4 52 13.0 0
K. Milton 2 40 20.0 0
O. Delp 2 32 16.0 1
D. Blaylock 1 19 19.0 0
D. Washington 1 15 15.0 0
M. Rosemy-Jacksaint 1 15 15.0 0
K. McIntosh 1 14 14.0 0
C. Speer 1 12 12.0 0
C. Jones 2 11 5.5 0
K. Jackson 1 8 8.0 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Brooks 5 53 10.6 0
J. Bell 1 46 46.0 0
T. Kenion 2 33 16.5 1
J. McDowell 2 32 16.0 0
A. Brown 2 27 13.5 0
A. Stogner 1 12 12.0 0
X. Legette 2 9 4.5 0
M. Lloyd 2 4 2.0 0
D. Joyner 1 -1 -1.0 0
J. Vann 1 -1 -1.0 0
Georgia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Starks 1 42
T. Marshall 1 0
D. Jackson 1 0
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Thorson 2 99 49.5
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 5 226 45.2
Georgia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. McConkey 3 12 4.0
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Vann 1 21 21.0
Georgia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Jackson 1 19 19.0
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Legette 1 25 25.0
Georgia Missed FG
Player Length
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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