Where’s the Pass Rush?

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Georgia's pass rush was difficult to find in the first half of Saturday night's matchup with South Carolina.

Georgia’s pass rush was virtually nonexistent in the first half, allowing Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson to throw for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

South Carolina built a 24-13 lead in part because the Bulldogs failed to get a sack and only had three official pressures of Thompson.

“Our four-man rush; we didn't even squeeze the pocket as far as I could see,” Richt said.

Change was a necessity.

“We made a couple of adjustments because they were throwing a lot of formations at us and we had to hone in on that,” inside linebacker Ramik Wilson said. “They were doing a lot of motioning, trips formations; everything.”

Holding penalties prove costly

Sophomore guard Brandon Kublanow’s two first quarter holding penalties proved critical for Georgia’s offense.

Todd Gurley’s 53-yard touchdown run, which would have given Georgia a 17-14 lead, was called back after Kublanow was called for holding.

Consequently, that Bulldogs drive ended with a punt.

Kublanow’s first infraction stalled a promising drive that was already in Gamecocks territory. A Morgan field goal was the best Georgia could do after being set back 10 yards.

Lorenzo Carter recovers fumble

Freshman Lorenzo Carter came to Georgia expecting to play early and often. His impact was felt in the first quarter, when the outside linebacker recovered a fumble by Brandon Wilds on the Gamecocks’ second drive of the game.

Carter added a tackle in the first period, appearing mostly in passing situations to help try to spark a pass rush.

Defensive backs, injured receivers didn’t make Columbia trip

Cornerbacks Shattle Fenteng (shoulder) and Sheldon Dawson were not listed on the travel roster for Saturday’s road game. Joining Fenteng and Dawson were linebacker Johnny O’Neal, wide receiver Brendan Langley and defensive back Kennar Daniels-Johnson. On the offensive line, Zach DeBell and Xzavier Ward didn’t board the bus. Finally, and as expected, wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley, who have been limited or out of practice with injuries, weren’t in Columbia for the game either.

Park, fellow true freshmen likely to redshirt 2014

Quarterback Jacob Park, defensive lineman Lamont Gaillard, wide receiver Shakenneth Williams, outside linebacker Keyon Brown appear likely to receive a redshirt for the 2014 season.

This and that

Junior tailback Keith Marshall didn’t get a single carry in the first half of Saturday’s game, but true freshmen Nick Chubb and Isaiah McKenzie combined for 19 yards on four carries…Georgia and South Carolina each wore “Players Curing Kids Cancer” wristbands Saturday for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month…Freshman tailback Sony Michel came very close to scoring his first touchdown as a Bulldog, but his one-yard attempt was stopped short of the goal line on the Gamecocks’ one-yard line…Quayvon Hicks finished the 75-yard drive with a one-yard carry for his first touchdown of the season…Spirit towels on the field? Yeah, South Carolina’s student section was a bit unhappy with the illegal block called against the Gamecocks following Damian Swann’s interception in the fourth quarter.

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