Bulldogs’ bite as bad as their bark in rout of Gamecocks

uscfoot-ugaTalk of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s dominance over rival Georgia went up in the smoke of a red-hot Bulldogs. Greyson Lambert was 24-for-25 in the air for 330 yards and three touchdowns and Nick Chubb carried 21 times for 159 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7/8 Georgia (3-0, 2-0 SEC) defeated South Carolina (1-2, 0-2 SEC) 52-20 on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

Spurrier, who had won four of his last five games against Georgia and a record 16 overall, saw South Carolina junior quarterback Perry Orth go 6-for-17 in the air for 66 yards. He ran for a 4-yard touchdown in his first career start for the Garnet & Black. In his first significant action of the season, freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez came on to carry 10 times for 76 yards and scored his first career touchdown with a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He finished 4-for-5 in the air for 18 yards.

Both teams would trade field goals in the first quarter. The Bulldogs would go 71 yards on their first drive of the game and break ahead 3-0 on a 30-yard field goal by Marshall Morgan. South Carolina answered on the next drive. Orth would move the ball with a couple big plays as he connected on a 10-yard reception to Perry Orth and a 15-yard pass to D.J. Neal to break into Georgia territory. The Gamecocks would tie it at 3-3 after a 45-yard field goal by Elliott Fry.

Georgia scored on consecutive possessions in the second quarter to build a 17-3 lead. The Bulldogs regained the lead with an 82-yard drive in the second quarter capped by Nick Chubb’s 2-yard touchdown run. Chubb would carry six times for 35 yards on the drive with Lambert connecting on a pair of big passes with a 17-yard completion to Terry Godwin and a 20-yard pass to Jay Rome. After forcing the Gamecocks to punt the Bulldogs would use seven plays to go 88 yards with Sony Michel scoring on a 21-yard touchdown run.

The Gamecocks fought back on the next possession with a steady dose of the ground game on the way to a 4-yard touchdown run for Orth, his first career TD run as Carolina cut the deficit to 17-10. The Gamecocks would bring freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez in and he would start the drive off with a 17-yard gain on the ground. An 11-yard gain by Pharoh Cooper would break the Gamecocks into Georgia territory and Brandon Wilds followed with a 13-yard rush. Orth would come up big on a key 3rd & 6 on the UGA 23 as he connected with tight end Jerell Adams for a 15-yard completion. Two plays later, Orth went around left end on a quarterback keeper to score from four yards out for the Carolina score.

With 2:10 remaining in the second quarter, Georgia put together eight plays for 78 yards with Lambert going 5-for-5 in the air including a 5-yard touchdown pass to Malcolm Mitchell to give the Bulldogs a 14-point lead, and the rout was on.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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