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South Carolina vs. Georgia: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Bulldogs

CLEMSON, SC - AUGUST 31:  Keith Marshall #4 of the Georgia Bulldogs dives for a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Chris StephensCorrespondent IISeptember 7, 2013

Georgia 41, South Carolina 30: Final

The Georgia Bulldogs came out on top in an SEC showdown with the South Carolina Gamecocks. Check out the analysis and final grades here.

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com

 

Game Analysis for the Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense

Aaron Murray finished the day 17-of-23 for 309 yards and four touchdowns. He found eight different receivers and even scrambled out of the pocket on two touchdown passes, including an 85-yard strike to Justin Scott-Wesley.

 

Run Offense

What more can you say about Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall? They made a lot of powerful runs and finished the game with 190 yards rushing.

Brendan Douglas had some nice carries in the fourth quarter to move the chains and help run out the clock.

 

Pass Defense

The second half was a different story for the young secondary. It held the receivers in check, learning from its mistakes in the first half.

Giving up only 229 yards through the air is considered a great day for the defense.

 

Run Defense

The 4th-and-goal stand at the goal line was the turning point of the game. Had the defense not made a stand there, this game could have turned out differently.

The Bulldogs did give up 151 yards to Mike Davis, but half of that came on a 75-yard run.

 

Special Teams

Patrick Beless made a 37-yard field goal for the first score of the second half, and the Bulldogs never relinquished the lead from there. Credit the unit for not making any mistakes.

 

Coaching

Like in the first half, the Georgia coaches didn't have to do much. The players made the plays that were called, and the Bulldogs won.

  

1st-Half Analysis for the Georgia Bulldogs

Pass Offense

Murray has completed 10 of 13 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Two other passes have been dropped, or Murray would have more to his stats.

Can't ask Murray to do much more through the air.

 

Run Offense

Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall are having their way with the South Carolina defense. The pair has combined for 138 yards, making their way past Jadeveon Clowney on multiple occasions.

 

Pass Defense

The secondary showed its youth in the second quarter, as it gave up two passing touchdowns, including one with 13 seconds to go in the half. 

Not a great way to go into the locker room.

 

Run Defense

Early on, the Bulldogs were able to contain Shaw. But in the second quarter, he got things going, along with Mike Davis. South Carolina had 119 yards rushing by halftime.

 

Special Teams

Recovering an onside kick to take every bit of momentum was a key moment in the game. The Bulldogs only got a field goal out of it, but it was a gutsy call. 

 

Coaching

The only real big coaching decision was calling for the onside kick after scoring the first touchdown. It was a good move to throw a curveball at Steve Spurrier.

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