Inclement and Unsuccessful

COLUMBIA, S.C. - After a 90-minute weather delay, Georgia found it difficult to 'seize the moment' in its 38-35 road loss.

The kickoff for Saturday’s matchup between Georgia and South Carolina was scheduled for 3:39 p.m., barring inclement weather.

Continuous delays due to unsafe weather conditions, better known as ‘lighting,’ kept both teams in their respective locker rooms, and fans seeking shelter for nearly 90 minutes. When the original kickoff time arrived, lighting was still present near Williams-Brice Stadium.

“I'm sure that was a fun game to watch once it got started, especially if you're a South Carolina fan,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said.

The appearance of lighting ensured at least another 30-minute delay, but both No. 6 Georgia and No. 24 South Carolina agreed to kickoff following a 20-minute warm-up period. The teams came out to start their warm-up sessions, but were soon forced to return to their locker rooms – again.

“We were sitting there just focusing, listening to music (and) whatever it takes to stay locked into what you’ve got to do,” Georgia wide out Michael Bennett said.

Finally, and with no shortage of anticipation, the game kicked at 5:05 p.m.

Georgia fell 38-35 on the road, but it wasn’t because of the delay.

“It requires more mental focus and I think we did a good job and I think we were focused,” Bennett said. “Just too many mistakes in the game; too many penalties, and not capitalizing in the red zone really killed us.”

Richt agreed.

“I think we played hard enough, but we just didn't seize the moment,” Richt said.

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