Georgia football dominant in its SEC opener vs South Carolina

Georgia football went into Columbia and dominated the Gamecocks in every facet.

Georgia football started its SEC schedule in Columbia, South Carolina today. The Bulldogs were able to drive down and score a touchdown on its first offensive drive. This makes three straight games where they started the game with a score on their first drive. They were able to drive down the field and score a touchdown against Oregon and against Samford they kicked a field goal on their first possession.

Malaki Starks backed up that score with an interception on South Carolina’s second possession of the game. It was Starks’ second interception in his first three games. His ball-hawking skills are why he is starting at safety for Georgia football as a true freshman.

Here is a look at Starks’ interception:

After Starks’ interception, Georgia would march down the field in just five plays and take a 14-0 lead. Kendall Milton would punch it into the endzone giving him two touchdowns on the season.

On South Carolina’s third possession they hit Georgia with a fake punt that would end in a 20-yard reception. This allowed Carolina to steal a possession from Georgia, but it would end in a failed 4th down attempt.

Georgia would then go down the field in nine plays and score a touchdown on a Brock Bowers reception. Afterward, it would come out that Stetson Bennett came into this game sick. So, playing sick, Bennett was still able to lead Georgia to three scoring drives on its first three offensive drives.

Here is a look at the Bowers touchdown:

That streak would come to an end when Bennett wasn’t able to connect with Kenny McIntosh on a screen on third down. This led to Georgia’s first punt of the game which lead to South Carolina’s best starting field position. However, it wouldn’t matter. Georgia would force South Carolina into another failed third down and its third punt.

Georgia would end up getting a field goal out of their last possession of the first half. Going into the locker room the score was 24-0. Here is a look at a breakdown of the first-half stats.

First Half StatsGeorgiaSouth Carolina
Total Yards245143
Passing Yards166113
Rushing Yards7940
Yards Per Play74.9
First Downs157
Third Down Conversion4/60/5

As you can see, the first half really came down to who executed on third down and who did not. Georgia was able to convert four out of its six third downs while South Carolina couldn’t convert any of theirs. This has been an issue for the Gamecocks all season.

Georgia’s offense was able to wrack up 100 more yards than South Carolina’s, which was reflected in the 24-0 halftime score. Much of the reason for this was South Carolina’s quarterback play. Spencer Rattler was just 10-17 (59%) for 93 yards and an interception.

On the other hand, Bennett was his usual self (other than being sick). He completed 13 of his 20 passing attempts (65%) for 166 yards and one touchdown. Bennett also led on Georgia rushers with 25 yards in the first half. Ladd McConkey is leading Georgia in receiving with 52 yards.

Georgia came out in the second half and got right back to work. After receiving the opening kickoff of the second half they marched 90 yards down the field in just three plays. The drive was capped off by a 78-yard reception by Bowers.

Here is a look at Bowers’ touchdown:

Georgia football would then get the ball back, march down the field in eight plays, ended with a rushing touchdown by Bennett. This gave Bennett three rushing touchdowns on the year, the most ever by Bennett in a season.

Georgia’s defense would then take the ball away again with an outstanding play by safety Dan Jackson. Here is a look at that play:

Kirby Smart would then put in the backups on offense. Carson Beck would connect with Oscar Delp for a touchdown on his first drive under center. This would make it 45-0 and would cement the victory for Georgia.

Here is a look at Delp’s first touchdown of his career:

Here are the end-of-game stats:

Game StatsGeorgiaSouth Carolina
Total Yards547306
Passing Yards339214
Rushing Yards20892
First Downs3017
Third Down Conversion5/94/13

Georgia football quarterback Bennett ended his day after going 16-23 (70%) for 284 yards and two touchdowns. He added another 36 yards rushing on three carries and another touchdown. He led all Georgia rushers.

Tight end Bowers led all receivers with 121 yards on five catches adding two touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown for the hat trick.

Jamon Dumas-Johnson led all Georgia football defenders in tackles with six. He also tied Smael Mondon and Mykel Williams for the lead in quarterback hurries with two. Starks and Jackson, both safeties, added interceptions for Georgia’s defense.

Altogether this was another dominant performance by number one Georgia. This time against SEC East rival South Carolina. Georgia football showed once again why they are the number one team in the country and why they are a team to be reckoned with in 2022. The final from Columbia was Georgia 48 South Carolina 7.

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