Gamecocks Defeat Dawgs 14-9

ATHENS, Ga. --- A touchdown with 1:22 left in the game enabled No.21 South Carolina to defeat No. 24 Georgia 14-9 Saturday night in front of a Sanford Stadium sellout crowd of 86,520 and a national ESPN television audience.

Georgia (1-1, 0-1 SEC) had taken its first lead of the game just minutes earlier on a 27-yard field goal by Billy Bennett to give the Bulldogs a 9-7 lead over South Carolina (2-0, 1-0) with 3:17 left in the game. The Gamecocks then drove 67 yards on their next possession, converting three third-and-tens, capping off the drive with a 16-yard pass from Phil Petty to Brian Scott. On Georgia's next possession, Cory Phillips was intercepted by Jeremiah Garrison on the Bulldogs' first play of the series. South Carolina then ran out the clock to seal the win.

Georgia did not score a touchdown in the game, the first time the Bulldogs have not reached the endzone since 1998, a 22-3 loss to Tennessee in Athens.

"There were a lot of missed opportunities," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "You can't fault the kids, they played hard. The defense played beautifully, except for a couple of lapses in the end. The offense needed to put points on the board. I made my share of mistakes as well. We played hard enough to win, but not smart enough to win."

Georgia next hosts the University of Houston on September 15 at Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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