COLUMBIA, S.C. — Georgia football’s stock dipped momentarily in the first half at South Carolina, but the Bulldogs’ value in the college football world was climbing by game’s end.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (2-0) broke free of the No. 24-ranked Gamecocks (1-0) in Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday afternoon for a 41-17 victory.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm led Georgia on consecutive touchdown drives to open the second half, expanding the lead to 34-10 and sending many of the South Carolina fans to the exits.
It was 41-10 by the start of the fourth quarter, and the Georgia fans outnumbered the South Carolina fans for the rest of the game.
• Safety Richard LeCounte was seemingly all over the field, finishing with a team-high 10 tackles and a pass break up.
• Receiver Mecole Hardman’s speed was on display on his 34-yard touchdown reception in the second half. Hardman also had a 30-yard run off a lateral.
• D’Andre Swift showed toughness between the tackles with a blue-collar performance of 12 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.
• SEC Championship and FWAA Freshman All-American QB Jake Fromm overcame a first half interception to finish 15-of-18 for 194 yards passing. Fromm was 6-of-6 passing for 115 yards in the third quarter. Fromm’s stock didn’t increase, but it’s still strong.
• Georgia’s third-down offense was lacking in the first half, going just 1-of-5 on third down conversions and perhaps being overly conservative. The Bulldogs will need to be more aggressive on offense against better opponents.
• The Georgia tight ends were largely uninspiring, accounting for some poor blocking that led to a sack, and not factoring into the pass game.