South Carolina defeats Georgia in matchup of top-10 teams

Gamecocks 35, Bulldogs 7
South Carolina wide receiver Ace Sanders returns a punt 70 yards for a touchdown against Georgia in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks have beaten the Bulldogs in the teams' last three contests.

COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier said before the Georgia game that if South Carolina was fortunate to keep winning, the games would continue to “get bigger and bigger as you go.”

After Spurrier’s Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 35-7 on Saturday night, plenty of big games are ahead.

In the first matchup of top-10 teams at Williams-Brice Stadium, the Gamecocks jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, much to the delight of the record crowd of 85,199.

South Carolina kept Georgia in check and didn’t allow the Bulldogs to score until late in the fourth quarter.
“I was thinking our stadium was the loudest in the country today,” Spurrier said. “This was sort of a first time for us. Our fans had so much extra energy coming into this game.”

South Carolina has now defeated Georgia three times in a row for the first time since the schools began playing in 1894. The Gamecocks are also expected to jump into the top five of the Associated Press poll, the first time South Carolina has been ranked that high since reaching No. 2 in 1984.

The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) now face road contests against Louisiana State and Florida.

Spurrier continued his mastery of the Bulldogs, who fell to 5-1 and 3-1 SEC with the loss. The former Florida coach was 11-1 against Georgia and is now 4-4 since taking over at South Carolina.

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