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South Carolina vs. Georgia: Game Grades, Analysis for Gamecocks and Bulldogs

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor ISeptember 20, 2015

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Greyson Lambert #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs passes against South Carolina Gamecocks on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Georgia Bulldogs dominated the South Carolina Gamecocks in their SEC home opener, 52-20. The final box score can be found on NCAA.com.

The Bulldogs were able to be efficient on offense, defense and special teams. It was a game that they needed to prove that they are the best team in the SEC East, and they did that in convincing fashion.

As for South Carolina, turnovers, lack of execution on defense and inconsistent quarterback play were the reasons for the blowout loss in Athens.

Here are game grades for the Gamecocks and Bulldogs.

South Carolina Gamecocks Game Grades
Positional UnitFirst HalfFinal Grade
Pass OffenseCF
Run OffenseCB
Pass DefenseFF
Run DefenseDF
Special TeamsBB
CoachingC-D-
Bleacher Report

Pass Offense

It was not a good night for the Gamecocks air attack. In his first start, Perry Orth completed six of his 17 passes for 66 yards. The reason for his inconsistent play was the pressure of the Georgia defensive front, and he never got in a rhythm. It was worse in the second quarter when he threw a bad interception to Dominick Sanders.

Run Offense

Brandon Wilds was able to run well in the Kentucky game last week, but it was a different story against Georgia. He only had five carries for 24 yards, and he missed the entire second half because of an injury. The best runner for the Gamecocks was backup quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, who ran for 76 yards on 10 carries. Pharoh Cooper also ran the ball well with 34 yards on five carries.

Pass Defense

There's no other way to put it: QuarterbackΒ Greyson Lambert torchedΒ the secondary. The Gamecocks gave up 330 passing yards, and Lambert was able to complete 24 of 25 of his passes. The Gamecocks did a poor job jamming the receivers at the line of scrimmage, and the Georgia receivers were open all game long.

Run Defense

The defense had no answers for Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Chubb ran for 159 yards and two scores, while Michel ran for 51 yards and one score. The Georgia offensive line blew past the South Carolina defensive line constantly. And when even the defensive line was able to beat the offensive line, Chubb and Michel were able to get past defenders. When the night ended, the Gamecocks gave up 246 rushing yards on the ground.

Special Teams

The special teams were the only real bright spot for the Gamecocks. Elliott Fry made his two field goals, including a 51-yarder at the end of the first half. Shon Carson had a total of 162 kick return yards. And Cooper had a nice 14-yard punt return. If the offense and defense could match the intensity of the special teams, it could have been a better night for the Gamecocks.

Coaching

It also would have been a better night for Spurrier if his players were better prepared. It looked like the Gamecocks did not know what was hitting them because the Georgia offense could do whatever they wanted. And it was the same story for the Georgia defense because the Gamecocks offense never got in a rhythm. Spurrier should have gone with one quarterback the entire game instead of switching between Orth and Nunez.

Georgia Bulldogs Game Grades
Positional UnitFirst HalfFinal Grade
Pass OffenseAA+
Run OffenseAA+
Pass DefenseBA
Run DefenseBC+
Special TeamscB-
CoachingAA
Bleacher Report

Pass Offense

To say it was a good night for Lambert would be an understatement. He completed 96 percent of his passes (a new NCAA record) and hit on 20 consecutive passes (school record). Lambert was never pressured, and he made all the right decisions. He proved that he’s the guy for the starting quarterback job as the Bulldogs move forward.

Run Offense

It was another day in the office for the Bulldogs run game, as Chubb ran for 159 yards and Michel ran for 51 yards. It’s difficult to stop the duo because they have speed, power and balance. Then add the fact that the offensive line has a ton of experience, and there are few teams in the country that can stop the Bulldogs ground game.

Pass Defense

This was by far the best the pass defense has looked this season. Safeties Quincy Mauger and Dominick Sanders were all over the field, and Leonard Floyd was able to put pressure on the quarterback, which led to the Gamecocks only tallying 84 passing yards. The pass defense will only get better as the season progresses.

Run Defense

The only thing the defense did not do well is stopping the run, specifically in the second half. They were strong in the first half as Brandon Wilds only had 24 yards. But once Nunez was able to get more playing time in the second half, the Bulldogs were not able to contain leverage and ended up surrendering 166 yards on the ground.

Special Teams

Isaiah McKenzie was not able to return a punt or kick for a touchdown, but he was still solid as he totaled 66 return yards. The coverage team had one mishap as Carson had a 51-yard kick return to set up the Fry 51-yard field goal. And when the Bulldogs punt team has to only come out two times the entire night, that is not a bad thing.

Coaching

This was one of the better coaching jobs by the Bulldogs coaching staff in a long time. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer did a good job getting Lambert in the right position to make plays. Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was able to mix up his fronts to give Orth fits the entire game. And Mark Richt was able to have his players focused and not worry about the "Spurrier effect," meaning, no matter how good or bad a Spurrier-coached team is coming into the game, the Bulldogs always lose.

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