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Updated: Gamecocks finish off throttling of UGA

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UPDATED 10:26 p.m. ET: Apparently, the SEC East has come down to a two-horse race.  And an Oct. 20 showdown in Gainesville.

Earlier today, No. 10 Florida easily handled No. 4 LSU — at least defensively — to remain perfect at 5-0 on the season.  A few hours later, No. 6 South Carolina did the same to No. 5 Georgia, only much more impressively.

Leading 21-0 at the half, the Gamecocks were never threatened the rest of the way as USC came away with a dominating 35-7 home win over the Bulldogs to remain tied with UF atop the East standings at 4-0.  And, in every way, shape and form, USC took UGA to the proverbial woodshed.

The Gamecocks totaled nearly 400 yards of total offense, while defensively they held the Bulldogs to no points and under 150 yards prior to a meaningless 75-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that netted UGA its only points of the game.

There is still work to be done, especially for USC, prior to the late October match-up that could very well decide the East’s representative in the SEC championship.  The Gamecocks will travel to Baton Rouge to face a Tigers squad that will no doubt be champing at the bit to shake off their first loss of the season, while the Gators head to Vanderbilt to face a Commodores team that pulled off a road upset over Missouri Saturday night.

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The hype was at a fever pitch in Columbia, South Carolina, with the No. 6 Gamecocks hosting the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs in a game rife with SEC East and BcS ramifications.  GameDay was there, and the trek to the stadium took upwards of a couple of hours to navigate just a few miles, so packed the area was.

And then the hosts had to go and ruin the party, albeit in a good way for the locals.

With just a little more than a quarter of play in the books, USC is taking it to their guests, carving up the Bulldogs to the tune of 21-0.  And said carving is being accomplished in literally every phase of the game.  To wit:

– Offensively: the Gamecocks had rolled up nearly 200 yards of offense (185) with just over 14 minutes left in the second quarter, with 10 first downs and no punts.

– Defensively: conversely, the USC defense had allowed just 39 yards of UGA offense through the same time frame.

– Special teams: Ace Sanders raced 70 yards for a punt return touchdown that put the ‘Cocks up 21-0.

Certainly there’s a lot of time left for UGA to mount a comeback, but it’s certainly looking early on like USC is the cock of the SEC East walk.

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13 Responses to “Updated: Gamecocks finish off throttling of UGA”
  1. southernpatriots says: Oct 6, 2012 8:41 PM

    The Gamecocks seem to be ready for this game even more than I thought they would. Playing at Columbia gives them a distinct advantage and they are capitalizing on that and their talent.

    As hard as these teams play, an over the border bash and game, may all players come out of this game without serious injuries and play their best.
    This game is really identifying and condensing the top of the SEC East. There will be more of these type games in the next few weeks for the Gamecocks and Gators and it will be entertaining and interesting.

    Congrats once again to the Florida Gators!

    Nothing is like SEC football!

  2. thebigtim2012 says: Oct 6, 2012 8:56 PM

    The Real USC

  3. gbditka says: Oct 6, 2012 8:56 PM

    Georgia Offensive Coordinator, Mike Bobo, living up to his last name tonight! (Running between the tackles after 15 carries isn’t working…run wide or throw every down you Jack Bird!)

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Oct 6, 2012 9:09 PM

    Mark “Fulmer” Richt is up to his usual lessons in mediocrity. LOL

    If I hear that tool Musberger make one more reference to “The Old Ball Coach” I’m going to drive up to Columbia and strangle his ass!

  5. kozbee says: Oct 6, 2012 10:41 PM

    Looks like South Carolina is making a statement that they are tops in the East.Congrats also out to them Gators.

  6. sweepthleg says: Oct 6, 2012 11:02 PM

    Eh, after the braves game on Friday. Was I really surprised that Richt and Bobo would crap the bed in the first big test of the season? I mean I grew up hating Spurrier, but over the past few season I give it up to the man he is an Elite football coach and he’s proving it all over again at USC.

    Richt is a great recruiter but after that… milk toast. Bobo has to go he can’t develop talent or scheme a game against anyone. The player’s talent makes up for how bad he is (most of the time) except when he gets exposed against a truly good coach. Spurrier at 70 is a better coach than anyone on UGA’s sideline will ever be.

    Good luck tomorrow Falcons it’s not a good weekend for Georgia sports teams.

  7. normtide says: Oct 7, 2012 12:28 AM

    Huge win for USCe. Georgia has as much talent as any team in the nation. But, they have no fire in them. The only time I have seen them have that team tenacity and intensity was when the offense rushedB Vs the field for a first quarter td vs UF a few years back. And, that was manufactured, they had to be told to do it. Richt has much in common with Chizik. Great recruiting, both are great men who always say the right things. Yet, both run teams they don’t play to their potential. USCe plays with a killer instinct, and that’s why they have beaten a better UGA team there years in a row.

  8. timh1955 says: Oct 7, 2012 1:05 AM

    Georgia is always overrated and I have never understood why all the Georgia fanatics think every year their team is going to win it all. They (Georgia) haven’t won a NC since 1980 and won’t win one as look as Richt is the HC. There is very little discipline on the team and Mike Bobo should have been fired two years ago as he is a joke. Now UGA will lose at least two more games and it will be another typical season.

  9. wabbitslayer says: Oct 7, 2012 8:16 AM

    Wife quit watching at the end of the first. I quit after the 4th and goal failure. Maybe it was “run up the middle even after everyone knows it won’t work” Bobo, maybe it was Richt, maybe it was Grantham that was so concerned about stopping Lattimore that there was no prep for the pass threat…

    but the simple fact is that it looked like a bunch of boys went over to Columbia and lined up against a bunch of men. Forget staying in the hunt for the East crown if SC stumbles, after the games I saw yesterday I’m really worried the same thing will happen to us again in Jacksonville…

  10. dee6634 says: Oct 7, 2012 9:27 AM

    Grantham and his mighty defense got exposed again. No discipline on or off the field.

    But the uga fan’s will make excuses for him. Why? Because he’s “got the fire in his belly”.

    Same old Georgia. Will lose to another Big Ten team in the Outback or Cap One Bowl.

  11. chumthumper says: Oct 7, 2012 9:41 AM

    How can this be? I distinctly recall Mark May predicting Georgia will win.

  12. thraiderskin says: Oct 7, 2012 12:08 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says… That was impressive.

  13. gamustangdude says: Oct 7, 2012 12:31 PM

    As a UGA fan, this sucks. But id be a fool if I say I didnt see it coming. After a while you get used to UGA underperforming. UGA doesnt have a killer instinct, hell they didnt even show they wanted to win. Good job last night gamecocks, you deserved it.

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