Originally created 09/09/01

Border skirmish



Records don't mean much when Georgia and South Carolina square off on the football field.

Last year, the unranked Gamecocks shocked the heavily favored Bulldogs with a 21-10 victory in Columbia. The win helped South Carolina to an 8-4 season that ended with a New Year's Day bowl win. The loss dealt a blow to Georgia's SEC title hopes in a season that ended with coach Jim Donnan's resignation.

The two teams met in Athens, Ga., on Saturday night for the most anticipated matchup between the two teams in recent memory. Not since 1988 had both teams been ranked entering the game, with South Carolina No. 21 and Georgia No. 25.

In games involving other state schools, the record books took a beating.

Georgia Tech breezed to a 70-7 victory against Navy in Annapolis, Md. The 10th-ranked Yellow Jackets reached the end zone on their first five possessions and went on to the most lopsided rout of Navy since the Midshipmen began playing football in 1879.

In Statesboro, Adrian Peterson ran for 126 yards and set an NCAA record as Georgia Southern beat Delaware 38-7.

With the performance, Mr. Peterson set an NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard, regular-season rushing games, breaking the previous record of 32 set last year by R.J. Bowers of Grove City College, a Division III school in Pennsylvania.