Series history - Georgia

In this series, GamecockAnthem takes a look at the series history of each of the opponents in the 2012 season. Today we take a look at South Carolina's SEC Eastern Division rival, Georgia

Series history - Georgia leads 46-16-2; in Columbia Georgia leads 19-8-2
Last 10 meetings - Georgia leads 7-3
Under Spurrier - Georgia leads 4-3
Largest margin of victory - Georgia 40-0 in 1984
Closest margin of victory - Georgia 7-6 in 1938, Georgia 21-20 in 1968
Last game - South Carolina 45-42

South Carolina will get its first shot of making history in 2012 when they host Georgia in the sixth game of the season. It is the start of a five game stretch that will determine whether or not the Gamecocks are playing in Atlanta for the SEC Championship in December. Six times Carolina has defeated Georgia twice in a row, but have never beaten the Dawgs three times in a row in 64 meetings. Carolina's best stretch came from the 1998-93 seasons when Carolina won three of four against the Dawgs.

Georgia has dominated this series over the years. The Dawgs won the first three meetings and 13 of the first 15 meetings. After Carolina won its third and fourth game in the series in 1958-59 (won in 1903-04), Georgia went 13-0-2 in the next 15 games to take a commanding 26-4-2 lead in the series.

While it hasn't gotten much better for Carolina over the years, the Gamecocks have easily had their most success against Georgia after joining the SEC. Since 1992, the Dawgs still have the advantage, but are just 13-7 since that time. Six of those Georgia wins have been by seven or fewer points.

With the SEC now expanded to 14 teams, Carolina and Georgia will face off in October instead of September. Who that gives the advantage to remains to be seen.

Last time out - The 2011 meeting was a fun one for sure. Georgia dominated the first half, but the Carolina defense was able to limit the Dawgs to just one touchdown and two field goals. Stephen Garcia found Alshon Jeffery for a 34-yard touchdown and Melvin Ingram officially burst onto the college scene when he rumbled 68 yards on a fake punt as Carolina took a 14-13 lead into the locker room.

After trading points in the second half, Carolina scored twice in 16 seconds on a Marcus Lattimore run and Melvin Ingram fumble recovery to go up by 10 and help the Gamecocks secure a 45-42 win. Carolina would win out against the East, but it would be Georgia who represented the East in the SEC Championship game.

Most memorable moment - Like most opponents, there are several moments to select from. In 2000, Quincy Carter had a nightmare performance and Carolina took down a Georgia team that was expected to content for a National Championship with a Heisman candidate in Carter. Those hopes died with a 21-10 loss to the Gamecocks in the second week of the season. One year later Phil Petty found Brian Scott for a touchdown with 1:22 left in the game for a 14-9 victory in Athens. Ingram's performance last season with two touchdowns was memorable, but it was the 2010 game that provided the most memorable performance.

A freshman running back burst on to the scene in the 2010 match-up who is now one of the top running back's in the country. Marcus Lattimore had his coming out party on that September afternoon after recording 182 yards and two touchdowns on an eye-popping 37 carries. As he dragged Georgia defenders across the field all afternoon, chants of "Lat-ti-more" began to ring out from the stands.

Key to the game - Why change what is working? After Lattimore's 2010 performance the Dawgs were focusing in on the running back last season. How did Lattimore respond? Just rushing for 176 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. With 358 yards and three touchdowns on 64 carries in two games against Georgia, why not do it again in 2012? If Lattimore has near the success he had in the previous two meetings, Carolina will be in pretty good shape.


Gamecock Anthem Top Stories