ATHENS, Ga. — Marshall Morgan was busy during Georgia’s 52-20 rout of South Carolina on Saturday.
The senior opened Georgia’s scoring with a 30-yard field goal on the Bulldogs’ opening drive. He kicked two extra points after touchdowns from Sony Michel and Malcolm Mitchell. And he tacked on two tackles on kick returns in the second quarter.
Both of Morgan’s kickoffs in the first quarter landed in the endzone. But in the second quarter, South Carolina senior Shon Carson managed to get going. Carson had a 28-yard return out to South Carolina’s 33, where he was brought down by Morgan and Keith Marshall. Morgan notched a solo tackle after Carson’s 27-yard return later in the quarter.
And Carson ripped off his biggest return of the half when Collin Barber took over for Morgan on the kickoff. With seven seconds left in the half, Carson returned the kickoff out to Georgia’s 48 yard line. A face mask penalty against Georgia’s Reggie Davis brought the Gamecocks out to the 33, where Elliott Fry hit a 51-yard field goal as the half ended.
CHUBB EXTENDS STREAK: Sophomore running back Nick Chubb recorded his 11th consecutive rushing game of 100 yards or more during Georgia’s rout.
Chubb finished with 159 yards on 21 carries, including two touchdowns, more than half of Georgia’s 246 rushing yards.
He entered the game second in that category among active players in the FBS.
In the first half, he netted 68 yards and a 2-yard touchdown on 12 carries. He added another score, this time off a 7-yard run, in the third quarter. Chubb accounted for all 23 yards on that drive, which began after South Carolina turned the ball over on downs on the 23-yard line. Chubb surpassed the 100-yard mark during the third quarter.
LAMBERT LEANS ON TIGHT ENDS: Greyson Lambert leaned heavily on the tight ends in the first half.
Five of his 14 completed first-half passes were hauled
in by freshman Jackson Harris, sophomore Jeb Blazevich or senior Jay Rome.
Harris and Blazevich had two catches apiece. Harris had 35 receiving yards in the first half, including a 20-yard pass in the first quarter. Blazevich grabbed passes of six and seven yards.
QUICK HITTERS: Georgia honored former SEC commissioner Mike Slive between the first and second quarters as part of the SEC’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Games. Slive was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the 1990s and announced his retirement in October after it returned. Players wore commemorative helmet stickers Saturday.
Georgia linebackers coach Kevin Sherrer was in the coaches box on Saturday, days after his sister, Rasha Breann Sherrer, was found shot to death in Alabama.