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Georgia football dominates South Carolina to improve to 3-0 this season

COLUMBIA, South Carolina – South Carolina and its fans have been packed into a frenzy for a big game atmosphere.

White towels. The familiar electronic dance song Sandstorm. The entry of 2001: a space odyssey.

After kick-off, things calmed down on Saturday and ugly for the home team.

Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) more than looked to the role of the nation’s No. 1 team in the AP Poll and No. 2 in the USA Today Sports AFCA Coaches Poll by taking control early and rolling to 48 -7 victory.

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Sep 17, 2022;  Columbia, South Carolina, USA;  Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) takes on the South Carolina Gamecocks in the second quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake - USA TODAY Sports

Those fans in a crowd of 78,212? Many headed for the outs late in the first half as the Bulldogs took a 24-0 lead. The student section was barren before the end of the third term.

“We kind of intended to get out there quickly and try to make sure the fans weren’t really a factor in the game,” Bulldogs tight end Brock Bowers said.

Here are five takeaways as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0 this season:

Historic boost by Georgian football

These two border rivals have been playing football against each other since 1894.

That year at Columbia, Georgia won 40-0.

It was the Bulldogs’ biggest win in this series. Until Saturday.

In the 75th meeting between these now SEC East teams, Georgia’s 54th win in the series became the most lopsided.

“I thought we challenged our guys to come on the road and play very physically,” coach Kirby Smart said. “Attacking from the start. We talked about not stepping on water when you come in. You come here to be the striker.

Georgia beat South Carolina (1-2, 0-2) 472-197 in the first three quarters and forced Spencer Rattler (13 of 25 for 118 yards) to a pair of interceptions. Georgia beat the Gamecocks for the game 547-306.

Safety Malaki Starks grabbed his second pick of the season to gain early momentum after a 46-yard pass to Jaheim Bell. Starks returned 42 yards to set Georgia up for a touchdown to make it 14-0.

Smart was on the sidelines when South Carolina earned its only victory with a No. 1-ranked team.

The Gamecocks upset Alabama 35-21 on October 9, 2010, when Smart was defensive coordinator and current Gamecock coach Shane Beamer was an assistant in South Carolina under Steve Spurrier.

This week, Beamer was asked if he’d like to have this team’s quarterback, Stephen Garcia, on the sidelines on Saturday.

“I would definitely feel better if I had guys like Stephon Gilmore, Alshon Jeffery, Melvin Ingram and those guys, Marcus Lattimore playing like we did last time,” Beamer said.

South Carolina played without four injured defensive starters: cornerback Cam Smith, safety RJ Roderick, linebacker Mo Kaba and point carrier Jordan Strachan.

Brock Bowers a scoring machine

Bowers was so good Saturday that he got time to do a financial credit union commercial during halftime on the Georgia Bulldog radio network show.

OK, it was recorded.

The second-year tight end scored three touchdowns on his six touches in the game.

The first came on a Kenny McIntosh backhand that Bowers took 5 yards for the score, his second on the ground as a Bulldog.

He went down with a jump ball in the corner of the end zone on a fade late in the second quarter on a 6-yard pass from Stetson Bennett.

Then in the third quarter, he went 73 yards on a catch-and-run for his third touchdown of the game.

After a fake pass from Bennett, Bowers grabbed the ball from around the 40-yard line. He missed one defender and bounced off another and was gone.

“I said to Carson (Beck) last night for some reason, get the ball in the hands of 19 tomorrow,” Bennett said. “I feel like he’s going to have a good one tomorrow and he did.”

Stetson Bennett suffers bad spell on another big day

Bennett’s very first game action in South Carolina was memorable not only for the way the Bulldogs offense moved the ball, but also for the fact that he endured some inconvenience in the game.

Bennett went on the sidelines after throwing the touchdown to Bowers in the second quarter.

After the game, he vomited on the pitch.

“I threw up some of the water and had to rehydrate there,” Bennett said. “From overhydration to dehydration. It was a weird thing.”

He never missed an offensive snap but came out on the extra point when he usually holds. Center Sedrick Van Pran-Granger told reporters that Bennett threw up a few plays earlier.

“He was actually deadlifting in the drive earlier when he threw a pass into the flat and didn’t quite make it,” Smart said. “It wasn’t a good pass and I could tell something wasn’t right then. He fought all the way. … He kept saying he felt like throwing up and he did. He’s a competitor. He wouldn’t come out.”

Bennett said he once vomited during a game while sick, but didn’t feel sick this time.

“I didn’t even know it until I got back,” Bowers said. “Everyone was talking to him and giving him water and stuff. I’m like, what happened? He said, ‘I threw it away and I just threw up.

Temperatures were in the mid-80s during the game, but felt warmer on the pitch.

“It’s the hottest place in the world,” Bennett said.

Bennett’s late grandfather, Buddy Bennett, played quarterback for the Gamecocks from 1958 to 1960.

Stetson Bennett was 13 of 20 for 166 yards and a touchdown at the time when he had to retire briefly from the game.

“He was fine after that,” Van Pran-Granger said. “He took it out of his system.”

Sick on the sidelines:Georgia QB Stetson Bennett checked after TD against South Carolina Gamecocks

Bennett still hasn’t thrown an interception in three games this season.

Bennett added a rushing touchdown of the game in the third quarter on an engineered run, deking a Gamecock player and going 11 yards for a touchdown.

Bennett was 16 of 23 for 284 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and 36 rushing yards and the touchdown. He was sent off after diving towards the pylon in a first-half run that was almost another score.

South Carolina has given up the most points in 16 games under Beamer.

Georgia Bulldogs co-defensive coordinator Will Muschamp makes triumphant return

Will Muschamp’s return to South Carolina where he was fired as head coach in 2020 has been triumphant.

“We knew how much it meant to him,” cornerback Kelee Ringo said.

The Bulldogs’ defensive co-coordinator with Glenn Schumann saw his unit rule out a Gamecock team until a 13-yard touchdown pass with 53 ticks on the clock from quarterback Luke Doty to Traevon Kenion.

Inside linebacker Trezman Marshall’s interception in the red zone with 4:33 left ended another scoring chance.

“Just the way Coach Muschamp continues to put us in a great position to be able to make plays and the plans he’s leading as well, having him with Coach Smart and Coach Schu on the same team is definitely a huge thing,” Ringo said. . “Just the three of them together makes everything easier there. You just have to know what you’re going to be able to see throughout the week at the game.”

Muschamp was booed when he walked out before kickoff, but it was hard to tell if it was directed at him or anyone wearing a Georgia uniform or shirt.

He hugged some Gamecocks staff earlier during warm-ups and wore a red and white striped Georgia polo shirt.

A South Carolina team that scored 30 points and rushed for 416 yards in a loss at Arkansas last week was held to 306 yards, much of it in the fourth quarter.

Inside linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson led with six tackles, all solo. Georgia held South Carolina at 4 of 13 on third downs.

“It definitely helps to have ways to affect the quarterback, good passing throwers,” Smart said, “and it helps to play up front, which, you know, our defense was able to do. when we scored in attack.”

The Gamecocks were just 2.7 yards per carry and 4.1 yards per play when they made it 48-0 with 8:57 to go.

Muschamp went 28-30 from 2016 to 2020 as Gamecocks head coach. He was awarded $12.9 million as part of a settlement agreement with the school.

Georgia has allowed just one touchdown this season.

UGA defensive lineman Jalen Carter limited, tight end Arik Gilbert out

Jalen Carter didn’t start for the first time this season after dealing with what Smart called a lower extremity injury, but he made his presence felt for the limited shots he got.

The 6-foot, 300-pound preseason All-American defensive tackle and projected top 10 in the 2023 NFL Draft worked mostly on third and fourth downs and had a pair of tackles, both in the first half -time.

Smart wants more from the defensive line which got two tackles and two rushing quarterbacks from rookie Mykel Williams.

“Look, we’re not where we need to be,” he said. “We have young players who can help us. They can’t help us until they go against our only offensive line about 1,000 more reps. And I can’t get 1,000 more reps in two weeks. We have to prepare them faster. We don’t have the depth we had.”

Meanwhile, Arik Gilbert who didn’t make much of an impact in the first two games as a reserve behind Bowers and Darnell Washington didn’t make the trip at all.

Smart said during the week that it was the practice evaluation and understanding of the game plan that kept Gilbert from seeing more shots.

He was out last season for personal reasons, but had a big spring game with two touchdowns this year.

“All I can say is he didn’t make the trip for personal reasons,” Smart said on Saturday. “Hoping he comes back with us.”