GEORGIA 30, SOUTH CAROLINA 7
Georgia's first trip to the red zone was quite familiar: a field goal, thanks to a procedure penalty nullifying a TD pass to Reggie Brown. The defense started out hot by giving up some yardage and third-down conversions before holding off USC thanks in part to QB hurries by Michael DiFiore and Thomas Davis. A fake punt gained 24 yards, but USC's drive stopped on Sean Jones first interception of the day.
Key stat: Georgia rushed for 78 yards, nine more yards than USC had in total
Scoring G - Billy Bennett 24 field goal, 11:02. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 3:58. Key plays: Reggie Brown 11 pass from David Greene on third-and-5; Michael Cooper 42 run; procedure penalty nullifies TD pass from Greene to Brown on third-and-goal.
Georgia 3, South Carolina 0
G - Reggie Brown 2 pass from David Greene (Bennett kick), 3:05. Drive: 11 plays, 86 yards, 3:20. Key plays: Fred Gibson 19 pass from Greene on third-and-11; Cooper 16 run; Brown 19 pass from Greene (on consecutive plays); Brown 14 pass from Greene on third-and-10; Mario Railey 13 pass from Greene.
Georgia 10, South Carolina 0
The Bulldog defense continued to whip the Gamecocks. A Thomas Davis sack stymied one drive, and even after USC benefited from a roughing-the-passer call, the Gamecocks couldn't do anything, Tony Taylor picking off a pass in the red zone. Jones waited out a soft pass by backup quarterback Michael Rathe for another pick to set up a late touchdown.
Key stat: The Gamecocks ran 18 plays in the quarter, but Georgia's defense held them to just 29 yards.
Scoring G - Brown 5 pass from Greene (Bennett kick), 2:11. Drive: 8 plays, 37 yards, 2:11. Key plays: Jones interception; Brown 15 pass from Greene after 12-yard loss on sack; Brown 21 pass from Greene on third-and-11.
Georgia 17, South Carolina 0
South Carolina had to resort to running QB Pinkins most of the time, since he struggled to complete many passes and the running game otherwise wasn't working. Jones' stick of Kenny Irons stopped USC on a fourth-and-1, and the Dogs sealed it with an efficient scoring drive.
Key stat: USC nearly doubled its offensive output with 82 yards in the period.
G - Cooper 2 run (Bennett kick), :40. Drive: 9 plays, 69 yards, 2:39. Key plays: Jones stops USC's Irons on fourth-and-1; Ronnie Powell 16 run on second-and-15; Brown 26 pass from Greene on third-and-6.
Georgia 24, South Carolina 0
Georgia wisely began putting backups in, and that's why the shutout died with less than a minute left. A USC field goal try hit the upright with 9:44 left, and soon the Gamecocks had their third-string quarterback on the field. A pass interference call kept alive the final drive, Georgia's reserves missing tackles on two big plays. Damien Gary's return of a squib kick was icing.
Key stat: South Carolina almost doubled its total offense in the quarter with 170 yards on 22 snaps, more than half of that coming on the scoring drive engineered by the No. 3 QB.
USC - Demetris Summers 37 pass from Bennett Swygert (Daniel Weaver kick), :52. Drive: 5 plays, 89 yards, 2:30. Key plays: Georgia pass interfernece on third-and-5; Matthew Thomas 48 pass from Swygert.
Georgia 24, South Carolina 7
G - Damien Gary, 44 kickoff return (Bennett kick), :44. Drive: none. Key plays: none.
Georgia 31, South Carolina 7