Georgia had high hopes of a blowout here today. South Carolina wanted redemption after last week’s loss. In Georgia's SEC opener, there were two teams fighting for survival.
Most people thought Georgia would win by three scores at least. Then, in the third quarter, reality set in: this is the SEC.
After losing to Vanderbilt last week, The Gamecocks were looking for redemption. They were staring at it like little kid stares at cotton candy on a day at the fair. They were mere inches away from upsetting a possible national title winner.
In the first quarter, it was a very strong defensive struggle (as were all the other quarters) with Georgia having 75 yards of offense heading into the second. On the other side, South Carolina had only 39 yards of offense.
The outcome of this game might have been very different if not for Trip Chandler's dropped passes on third down.
The second quarter was the highest scoring quarter of the day. Blair Walsh kicked two field goals, while Chris Smelley threw for a touchdown.
The third quarter is usually the time when the better team pulls away...not this game. With 3:42 left in the third, Knowshon Moreno (79 yards on 20 carries and 1 TD) helped the Bulldogs to an 80-yard touchdown scoring drive by weaving his way through a very strong Gamecock defense for the only Georgia touchdown of the game.
The fourth quarter will haunt this Gamecock team for the rest of the season. Georgia's defense was tired and the offense was clicking until they got inside that 30-yard line.
The defense did their job, and the offense didn't perform in the clutch. Plain and simple.
S.Carolina's best shot at victory was when they had driven down to the 1-yard line. Mike Davis takes the hand-off and he...fumbles...for the first time in his college career.
Many people now say Georgia is weak! They won't make the title game! If you remember certain Florida and LSU teams who had nail-biters, losses, and off days, you should think differently.
These are both great ball teams, and no one can say they didn't leave it all on the field. That is all we can ask from our teams.