Video: South Carolina's First SEC Victory

“We have the best fans in America,” said quarterback Dylan Thompson following South Carolina’s win over Georgia. “Everybody knows that.” Rain or shine, the 84,232 fans poured into WIlliams-Brice Stadium on Saturday evening. The Gamecocks took a nail-biting 38-35 win over Georgia in Columbia, to improve to a 4-1 record over the Bulldogs.

The Gamecocks came into the first quarter strong with a 10-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Dylan Thompson to Shaq Roland for a score to lead off the night. Georgia’s Hutson Mason quickly answered back connecting with Sony Michel for 33-yards.

“I think the first drive of the game was huge for us,” noted Thompson.

Thompson completed 21-of-30 passes for 271-yards against the Bulldogs Saturday night and connected with Rory Anderson and Pharoh Cooper for scores in the first half.

Consistency played a big part in the success of South Carolina’s offense in the Bulldog win.

Anderson caught a career-best five passes for 67-yards and a touchdown to complete the night.

Also, junior tailback Mike Davis ran for 66 yards, sliding into South Carolina’s 22nd career rushing yards list. Davis is a Georgia native and noted this was a personal game for him.

“I’m a Georgia boy, and I felt like this was a personal game for me,” said Davis. “First, because I’m from Georgia. Last, because things didn’t go as planned.”

Davis is now just 12-yards short of tying for the 21st spot with Spencer Clark (1,652).

The defense received notable praise for its improvement on the field.

“We came and accomplished our goal of doing our job,” stated senior J.T. Surratt.

Sophomore linebacker Skai Moore had a career-best 10 tackles, including six solo stops. Moore said he could see the defense finally coming together. “I think our defense is coming together. Slowly, but surely,” noted Moore. “We are making improvements every game.”

The ‘D’ limited the Bulldogs offense from scoring in the first half, with just two field goals after the first initial touchdown by Georgia.

Georgia’s 191 passing yards, 408 yards of total offense and 18 first downs are the lowest for a Gamecock opponent this season.

South Carolina will travel to Nashville, Tenn. next Saturday to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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