ATHENS, Ga. — It was another wild one between the hedges. And this time, the University of Georgia football team earned the victory over South Carolina.
The No. 11 Bulldogs romped to a 41-30 victory Saturday over the No. 6 Gamecocks in front of a sellout crowd at Sanford Stadium. The win ended a three-game losing streak in the series for Georgia.
Counting Saturday’s high-scoring contest, it was the third time in a row the teams had scored more than 70 combined points in Athens.
In 2009, Georgia escaped for a 41-37 shootout victory. In 2011, South Carolina reciprocated by taking a 45-42 decision.
Georgia coach Mark Richt was all smiles as he exited the field and made his way to the locker room.
“The team that loses this game is waiting for the other’s bus to break down,” Richt said. “We’ve been chasing them the last three years.”
For South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, the reason his team lost was simple.
“They kicked our tails up and down the field,” said Spurrier, who saw his team surrender more than 500 yards of offense.
Georgia (1-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) now must hope to avoid what happened to South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) the past two years. The Gamecocks won the Border War, but the Bulldogs won the SEC East and represented the division in the annual title game.