S.C. -- Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns and No. 24 South
Carolina's maligned defense stood strong on a fourth-quarter goal line
stand to topple No. 6 Georgia 38-35 on Saturday night.
Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had a first-and-goal on
the Gamecocks' 4 down three points with 5:24 remaining. But Hutson
Mason was called for intentional grounding to set Georgia back and the
usually reliable Marshall Morgan missed a 28-yard field goal.
Gurley ran for 131 yards and a touchdown, yet the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1
Southeastern Conference) kept the Bulldogs' star from making a bigger
victory was South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier's 201st as a SEC
coach, tying him for second all-time with Georgia great Vince Dooley.
It put the Gamecocks back in the SEC East race.
Carolina waited out a few moments of drama on its last series in the
weekend's lone game between ranked teams. Thompson's sneak on
fourth-and-short at midfield just reached the first-down marker with
1:22 left. Georgia coach Mark Richt challenged the spot, but his
appeal was turned down.
players, bashed by fans and commentators since falling to No. 7 Texas
A&M 52-28 two games ago, sprinted to the student section to
celebrate their fourth victory in their last five meetings with
win also made Spurrier 16-6 in his career against the Bulldogs and
moved him past Auburn's Shug Jordan for most victories all-time vs.
Bulldogs entered with momentum and a Heisman Trophy front-runner in
Gurley after their 45-21 defeat of No. 23 Clemson to start the season.
South Carolina put them on their heels in a hurry, Thompson going
4-for-4 for 64 yards including a 10-yard scoring throw to Roland.
Georgia moved in front 10-7 -- and Morgan hit an SEC-record 19th
straight field goal -- the Gamecocks got help to regain the lead. A
Georgia interception was ruled pass interference on cornerback Devin
Bowman before defensive tackle Toby Johnson hit Thompson late to push
the Gamecocks to the Bulldogs 8.
found Pharoh Cooper moments later for a 14-10 lead.
18-yard pass to Rory Anderson and Elliott Fry's 32-yard field goal
sent the Gamecocks to the half ahead 24-13.
went right for the Bulldogs in the opening half, with Morgan missing a
44-yarder after making 20 straight. He broke the SEC mark he shared
with Tennessee's Faud Reviez with a 36-yard field goal in the first
quarter then added a 26-yard field goal.
who had 198 yards rushing and four touchdowns (one on a kickoff
return) to beat Clemson, looked ready to go off Saturday night with 30
yards on his first three carries in the opening period.
when the Gamecocks zeroed in on Georgia's star tailback, who was held
to 14 yards the rest of the half.
also had a 54-yard TD run wiped out because of holding on sophomore
guard Brandon Kublanow.
Davis, who gained 149 yards against Georgia a year ago, finished with
66 yards while backup Brandon Wilds led the Gamecocks with 93 yards
rushing and a 24-yard TD.
closed to three points one last time on Quayvon Hicks' 1-yard scoring
run with 7:10 left.
game was delayed nearly 90 minutes because of lightning and severe
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