Oct. 6, 2012
SOUTH CAROLINA NOTES
Shutout Avoided: Thanks to a 12-play, 75-yard TD-drive that consumed 4:22 late in the fourth quarter, Georgia avoided its first shutout since the 1995 Alabama game. Sophomore Ken Malcome accounted for 45 yards rushing on five carries on the scoring drive including a 3-yard TD run. However, tonight marked the first time since the 2009 LSU game in Athens that Georgia failed to score in the first half. That year, the 14th-ranked Bulldogs trailed fourth-ranked LSU 6-0 and lost 20-13. Georgia came in tonight leading the SEC in scoring offense at 48.2 points a game while USC ranked second in the league in scoring defense at 11.2 points.
Top 10 Contest: Tonight was a Top 10 matchup for the first time in series history with USC at #6 and Georgia at #5. Under Mark Richt, the Bulldogs are now 3-5 in top 10 matchups.
Win Streak Ends: Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) saw its streak of consecutive wins in the regular season end at 15. Prior to tonight, the last time Georgia lost a regular season game was last year against then #12 South Carolina in Athens 45-42 on Sept. 10. Tonight, Georgia trailed 21-0 at the half which marked the largest halftime deficit since the 2008 Alabama game in Athens when the Crimson Tide led 31-0 en route to a 41-30 victory over the Bulldogs.
Geathers Blocks Field Goal: Junior nose Kwame Geathers blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt by Adam Yates in the third quarter. It was the first field goal block by a Bulldog since the 2009 Independence Bowl when Geno Atkins had one against Texas A&M. Earlier this year against Florida Atlantic, Geathers blocked a PAT.
Jones Gets Another Sack: Junior All-American OLB Jarvis Jones registered a sack to give him 5.5 for the year and 19 in his Bulldog career after leading the SEC last year with 13.5. Jones finished the game with four tackles including two TFL for minus nine.
Another Catch For TK: Senior Tavarres King registered a catch in his 21st consecutive game. He finished with 1 catch for 16 yards.
Points off Turnovers: South Carolina got 7 points off 1 Bulldog turnover. Aaron Murray had a pass tipped that resulted in an INT (DeVonte Holloman) on Georgia's first drive at the SC30. It was Murray's fourth INT of the year and second straight week off a tipped pass. Bulldog opponents now have 43 points off 10 Georgia miscues this season. Murray finished tonight 11-for-31, 109 yards.
Last Time: South Carolina's Ace Sanders returned a punt 70 yards for a TD, the first to do that against the Bulldogs since the 2011 SEC Championship game when LSU's Tyrann Mathieu took one 62 yards in Atlanta.
GameDay: Georgia is now 3-10 in games when ESPN GameDay is on-site including 3-4 in an opponent's stadium.
For Starters: Junior QB Aaron Murray started his team-leading 33rd consecutive game while senior Shawn Williams has a team-high 13 consecutive starts in a row on defense.
Captains: Junior QB Aaron Murray, senior CB Sanders Commings, senior LB Christian Robinson and junior OT Kenarious Gates served as captains tonight.
Up Next: Georgia has an open date next Saturday before returning to action Oct. 20 at Kentucky. The game time has not been set.
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