COLUMBIA, S.C. — Fireworks kept shooting out of one end zone like it was a delayed Independence Day celebration at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, Ace Sanders added a punt return for a score and No. 6 South Carolina thumped No. 5 Georgia, 35-7.
In the first top-10 matchup in Columbia, the Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0) posted their first three-game winning streak over the Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) in their series, which dates back to 1894. South Carolina also handed Georgia its worst defeat in their rivalry, besting the previous 17-point margin set last in 1978.
Shaw led South Carolina to touchdowns on its first two possessions, throwing a 20-yard scoring pass to Bruce Ellington before connecting with Rory Anderson for a 14-yard touchdown. Then, Ace Sanders returned a punt 70 yard for a touchdown.
With 5:33 left in the first quarter, South Carolina led 21-0. The Gamecocks took that same margin into halftime, and the Bulldogs never recovered.
Georgia entered the game averaging 48.2 points a game, scoring 41 or more points in each of their first five contests this season. The Bulldogs were held to 224 total yards, 312 below their season average.
Georgia's Aaron Murray went 11 for 31 passing for 109 yards and an interception, while Ken Malcolme led the rushing attack (five rushes, 45 yards, one touchdown). Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each were held to fewer than 40 yards.
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore rushed for 109 yards on 24 carries, marking the third time he’s bested the 100-yard barrier against Georgia.