On a second-and-10 from the Gamecocks' 34, Stafford faked a handoff to tailback Knowshon Moreno, and the linebackers bit. Stafford took off down the middle of the field and picked up 30 yards, setting up a touchdown by Moreno on the next play. It was the longest run of the day for the Bulldogs.
"I hate to think Matthew's going to get our longest runs in any given game," head coach Mark Richt said. "It's not very healthy for our offense and for Matt, too."
Stafford actually ran the same play three times. The first came in the second quarter and went for 17 yards. The third came in the fourth quarter and was quickly stopped.
Between the hit Stafford took on the final attempt and the wear on his legs from the first two, cramps set in for the quarterback as the game wore on.
"Our QBs don't run as much as everybody else in practice," Richt said. "He ran a little bit more than we thought he would."
The 30-yard run, however, was the turning point in a game in which every yard was hard fought.
"He's an athlete," Moreno said. "He can run the ball."