COLUMBIA, S.C. — Ga coach Kirby Wise and his No. 1 Bulldogs are sending messages to anyone who imagined they have been going to fall off soon after a nationwide championship.
The latest statement came Saturday in a 48-7 victory in excess of South Carolina (1-2, -2) in their Southeastern Meeting opener, wherever the Gamecocks required a landing with 53 seconds to go to prevent getting to be the fifth shutout target of the Bulldogs (3-) in their earlier 14 online games.
In the meantime, the Georgia offense obtained 547 yards, scoring on eight of its initial 9 belongings and was averaging approximately 10 yards a engage in ahead of the backups came in and took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter.
Even however 15 gamers remaining for the NFL after successful Georgia’s to start with national title given that 1980, there nevertheless is nonetheless plenty of talent and an perspective that profitable a championship leaves at the rear of, coach Kirby Clever reported.
“That was a very special team. That is going to linger in our setting up,” Kirby mentioned. “Not the championship, but the way they practiced, the way they carried by themselves.”
Stetson Bennett went 16 for 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a further score. Just like the Bulldogs’ 49-3 victory around Oregon and 33- win around Samford, Bennett didn’t take a snap in the fourth quarter. He reminded his teammates that it is not going to remain this quick.
“We’re likely to have to perform a four-quarter video game at some stage. We’re going to have to remain in condition,” Bennett stated. “This is not heading to materialize each individual week.”
The Bulldogs’ defensive line overcome South Carolina’s front. A defender was in quarterback Spencer Rattler’s encounter nearly each time he dropped back extra than three measures. The Oklahoma transfer received off just 3 deep balls, with two of them intercepted. He failed to participate in in the fourth quarter and was 13 of 25 for 118 yards.
“I clearly did a horse-crap position of getting our group completely ready to play right now regardless of how several guys we had out,” reported South Carolina coach Shane Beamer, who was missing 6 defensive players. “I will not even want to hear it. We experienced a great sufficient team to go out there and compete.”
The 41-point victory was Georgia’s most important towards the Gamecocks in their 75 conferences. It was South Carolina’s worst decline since a 56-6 defeat to Florida in 2008.
SHUTOUT SO Close
That landing that ruined the shutout however stung, particularly right after Trezman Martin intercepted a fourth quarter-move at the Georgia 9 that appeared to snuff out the Gamecocks’ very last prospect with 4:33 to go.
Linebacker Nolan Smith explained there is no rubbish time for the Ga defense, which permitted an offensive touchdown for the first time in the final 5 regular-year games.
“If you are on the discipline, you are a starter,” Smith mentioned. “Which is our human body of get the job done. That is our overall protection.”
Soon after throwing a landing to Bowers in the second quarter, Bennett threw up on the industry as his teammates celebrated in the close zone. He stated he was dry heaving through the travel but stayed in. Intelligent explained he thinks Bennett was nervous about the warmth and drank also a lot drinking water.
Bennett did not overlook a engage in.
“It hit me all of a sudden,” he stated, smiling. “I ate a ton of grapes. Maybe I experienced a negative grape.”
Ga: Struggles versus groups like South Carolina utilized to outline the Bulldogs. At one particular place when Steve Spurrier was Gamecocks coach in the early 2010s, South Carolina received four of five in the sequence. But immediately after Saturday, Georgia has gained 15 of its very last 16 above SEC East groups.
South Carolina: Beamer seems to be respiratory existence into a system that had misplaced 13 of its final 16 when he took above in 2021, but there is nonetheless a big gap to the finest. In his 2nd period, Beamer is -4 towards Prime 25 teams, dropping by an typical of nearly 24 factors.
Beating an SEC opponent by 41 points ought to be enough to preserve the Bulldogs at No. 1.
Ga: The Bulldogs have a single much more nonconference tuneup, this time versus Kent State, just before playing 7 SEC video games.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks dip out of the SEC for a property match up coming Saturday from Charlotte.