Richt compliments Spurrier on Gamecocks' victory

COLUMBIA --- When the closing horn sounded, University of Georgia football coach Mark Richt shook hands with South Carolina's Steve Spurrier and spoke words the Head Ball Coach had never heard.

"Steve," Richt said, "you have a heck of a team."

With running back Marcus Lattimore leading the way, the 24th-ranked Gamecocks proved they might be ready for a "heck of a" season in their 17-6 win over the 22nd-ranked Bulldogs. Lattimore, a freshman playing his second collegiate game, shredded Georgia's defense for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Georgia simply had no answer for him, failing to slow him down and having difficulty tackling the 6-foot, 218-pound tailback.

"Marcus Lattimore was certainly the most dominating player in the game," Richt said. "I can't say I'm shocked he had a performance like this. He's a heck of a back."

South Carolina will try to improve to 3-0 when it plays host to Furman next week. Georgia will try to get back in the Southeastern Conference East Division race with a win over Arkansas next week.

For now, the Gamecocks lead the SEC. And after Spurrier finished his handshake with Richt and soaked in his words, Spurrier responded: "We may have a heck of team, but we don't know yet."

Still the man to beat

With South Carolina's 17-6 win over Georgia, coach Steve Spurrier improved to 13-5 against the Bulldogs all time.

As the coach of the Southeastern Conference rival Florida Gators, Spurrier beat up on the Bulldogs for more than a decade, including seven wins in a row from 1990-96.

Georgia holds the advantage over Spurrier since he took over at South Carolina in 2005, winning four of six.

YEAR WINNER SCORE

2005 GEORGIA 17-15

2006 Georgia 18-0

2007 South Carolina 16-12

2008 Georgia 14-7

2009 GEORGIA 41-37

2010 SOUTH CAROLINA 17-6

* Home team in capital letters

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