COLUMBIA --- Georgia played its second consecutive game without one of its tandem running backs.
Caleb King missed the entire game with an ankle sprain he suffered last week against Louisiana-Lafayette. Washaun Ealey , who was suspended last week, returned and ran on 19 of Georgia's 26 rushing attempts.
"It would have helped to have a little bit more guys helping each other to keep fresh," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "But he was hobbled most of the week and couldn't' practice. Washaun had a really good week of practice. Should we have played him at least some? I wasn't even watching him in pregame warmup, to be honest. But in the first half we didn't have that many plays to feel like anybody was tired."
As a team, Georgia gained 61 yards on the ground, counting three sacks.
HOUSTON HAS CAREER GAME: Justin Houston set career highs with 10 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble on Saturday. His three sacks were the most by a Georgia player since Marcus Howard had three against Hawaii in the 2008 Sugar Bowl.
Houston's previous career high in tackles was seven against Arkansas last season. His sack and forced fumble ended South Carolina's first drive of the third quarter at Georgia's 24-yard line.
ROBINSON JUMPS ON CHANCE: Christian Robinson contributed half of Georgia's biggest single defensive play of the game, the sack of Stephen Garcia and forced fumble that ended South Carolina's first drive at the Bulldogs' 24-yard line.
Robinson jumped on the loose football after Houston knocked it loose from Garcia to stop South Carolina two plays after the Gamecocks completed a 40-yard pass play.
Georgia has forced four turnovers in two games after forcing 12 turnovers in 12 games last season.
"We just want to give our offense a chance," Robinson said. "That's what the defense is supposed to do. If they don't score, they don't win and that's what we try to do."
WALSH STILL PERFECT: Blair Walsh accounted for all of Georgia's points as he hit two short field goals against South Carolina. Walsh hit a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Walsh is now 4 for 4 in field goals and 7 for 7 in extra points this season.
AD MUM ON GREEN: Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity declined to comment on A.J. Green 's impending appeal of his four-game NCAA suspension.
McGarity said that the appeal would be heard by teleconference some time next week and he would not comment until after a decision is announced.