Georgia tops Carolina: News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's win over South Carolina.


Samuel critiqued his work a week ago as "not a winning performance," but he saw some improvement this time around.

Samuel touched the ball 18 times and tallied 87 yards, scoring his first touchdown of the season.

"I would grade my performance as an improvement from last week," Samuel said, "but there's still I need to do, more I need to get done as a running back."


The 78 points scored in the game Saturday marked the highest combined total since 1970 for a Georgia-South Carolina game.

No team had topped 20 since 2003, and last week the two teams mustered just 17 total points, so the high scoring came as a big surprise to head coach Mark Richt.

"It was close, but all those points were very uncharacteristic of the game," Richt said. "I know our offensive coaches are thrilled and our defensive coaches are probably not. But everybody was thrilled to get that victory."


Richt said he doesn't usually expect much on extra-point tries. It's natural, he said, for players to assume it's a free point for the opposition.

That's not how defensive tackle DeAngelo Tyson approached South Carolina's final point-after attempt Saturday, however, and his block of Spencer Lanning's kick proved to be crucial in forcing the Gamecocks to go for a touchdown at the end of the game, rather than booting a field goal to tie.

"A lot of guys don't want to give effort," Richt said. "Extra points, they're like, ‘Well, shoot, we can't get it, why should I play hard?' He decided to play hard on that play and forced the kick to be blocked."

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