ATHENS, Ga. — The highest-ranked Georgia soccer workforce needed to work for its first Southeastern Convention win of the season, rallying from 14-3 down at halftime to defeat South Carolina, 24-14, on a wet Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium.
The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) received three dashing touchdowns within the second half, and its protection ramped up its stress on quarterback Spencer Rattler to shift the momentum of the sport, performed in entrance of one other capability crowd of 92,746.
Quarterback Carson Beck was 13 of 18 for 98 yards within the first half, and completed the sport 27 of 35 for 269 yards. The Bulldogs outgained the Gamecocks (1-2, 0-1) 458 to 309 in complete yards, together with a 189-53 benefit on the bottom.
The Bulldogs trailed for the primary time this season after simply over 5 minutes Saturday, when the Gamecocks, on third-and-15, completed off a 65-yard drive. Spencer Rattler threw a 16-yard landing move to Antwane Wells for a 7-0 lead with 9:56 left within the first quarter.
Georgia was capable of minimize into the lead on its first drive, which ended with a 31-yard Peyton Woodring subject purpose with 2:02 remaining within the interval. In his first motion of the season after lacking the primary two video games with an damage, working again Daijun Edwards began within the backfield and ran the ball on the primary two performs and 3 times on the drive.
Late within the second quarter, the Bulldogs drove deep into Gamecock territory, and had a first-and-goal from the ten, however could not come away with any factors after a missed 28-yard subject purpose try with 3:27 left within the half.
South Carolina seized the momentum proper earlier than the half with an 80-yard landing drive capped by a two-yard Dakereon Joyner run with 1:00 on the clock. The Gamecocks led 14-3 on the break.
Georgia acquired the kickoff to begin the second half and went proper to work offensively. Powered by a 36-yard accomplished from Beck to wideout Rara Thomas, adopted on the subsequent play by a 15-yard run from Kendall Milton, after which capped by a seven-yard landing run by Edwards, Georgia minimize the South Carolina result in 14-10 with 12:20 remaining within the quarter.
The Georgia protection adopted that with its finest possession of the sport, a three-and-out that included a stuffed run, a four-yard sack by defensive finish Mykel Williams, after which an incompletion on third-and-long. After the Gamecock punt, Georgia took over on the South Carolina 49 simply 80 seconds after Edwards’ landing.
Georgia’s offense saved rolling on its second possession of the quarter, marching 49 yards for a 17-14 lead after wideout Dillon Bell’s three-yard landing run after lining up within the backfield. On first down on the Gamecock 25, Beck pitched to Edwards for 9 yards, then hit receiver Dominic Lovett on the left facet for a 14-yard acquire to the three, organising Bell’s quick run.
Early within the fourth quarter, after the Bulldogs had drive all the way down to the South Carolina 16, Georgia got here up empty after one other drive reached the crimson zone. A missed 33-yard subject purpose try with 13:45 remaining within the recreation saved the rating 17-14 regardless of a 366-212 yardage benefit in Georgia’s favor.
A 3rd-and-long move breakup by security David Daniel-Sisavanh compelled the Gamecocks into one other three-and-out. Georgia took over at its 39-yard line, and used quite a lot of weapons to search out the tip zone for a 24-14 lead with 9:10 remaining.
On first down, Bell, again within the backfield, ran for eight yards, adopted by a four-yarder. Edwards then noticed for 16 yards over three straight carries. Then Beck hit wideout Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint for a seven-yard completion, adopted by a 13-yarder to tight finish Brock Bowers. Operating again Money Jones then closed out the drive with a 13-yard run up the fitting facet for the rating.
Security Dan Jackson helped put the ending touches on the Georgia win — and second-half shutout — with an interception on the Bulldog 22 with 4:01 left within the recreation. Smith added one other interception, his second in as many video games, with 18 seconds left.
After finishing 16 of 18 passes for 152 yards and a landing within the first half, Rattler completed the sport 22 of 42 for 256 yards and the 2 fourth-quarter interceptions.
With the win, the Bulldogs prolonged a trio of prolonged streaks: Georgia has now received 20 straight video games total, a school-record 30 regular-season video games in a row, and this was their twenty first straight win on Dooley Discipline. The 2-time defending nationwide champions have now received 32 of their final 33 video games.
The Bulldogs will wrap up their four-game homestand to open the season subsequent Saturday evening once they tackle UAB at 7:30 p.m.