Georgia football game recap: Bulldogs fall to South Carolina, 20-17

Georgia and South Carolina engaged in a slugfest Saturday.

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ATHENS — A mistake-prone Georgia football team just couldn’t get out of its own way Saturday.

South Carolina got the 20-17 upset when All-American kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed a 42-yard field goal on Georgia’s possession in the second overtime.

The loss snapped UGA’s 16-game home win streak an 15-game win streak against SEC East Division competition. Both streaks dated back to the 2016 season.

It happened on a day where the attrition added up on the Bulldogs throughout the game.

The biggest blow came when go-to receiver Lawrence Cager exited the game at halftime with a left shoulder injury he had been playing through.

Left guard Justin Shaffer was the first to exit with a sprained neck and then defensive back Mark Webb missed snaps with a knee injury. Tailback Brian Herrien didn’t play on account of a sprained back.

Here’s how the game broke down:

DOUBLE OVERTIME

– Georgia’s Rodrigo Blankenship misses 42-yard field goal.

South Carolina 20, Georgia 17: Parker White 24-yard field goal.

OVERTIME

– South Carolina kicker Parker White misses a 33-yard field goal on the second possession of OT.

– Jake Fromm interception on the first play of overtime, off Tyler Simmons’ hands.

– South Carolina won the coin toss and elected to play defense on the first possession of overtime.

FOURTH QUARTER

Georgia 17, South Carolina 17 (1:48): Demetris Robertson 6-yard touchdown reception from Jake Fromm (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 13 plays, 96 yards, 4:38. Key play: Demetris Robertson 17-yard catch on third-and-7 to the South Carolina 26-yard line.

– WR Lawrence Cager left with a rib injury and will not return.

THIRD QUARTER

–  DB Mark Webb reported to have left knee injury

–  RB Brian Herrien did not play in first half, lower back sprain

– OL Justin Shaffer out sprain neck

HALFTIME

Notes:

• Second time this season Georgia has trailed a game at halftime (ND, 10-7)

• Blankenship’s first FG miss of 2019 (53 yards, blocked, now 12-13)

• Jake Fromm’s first interception of 2019

• First multi-sack game Georgia has allowed

Georgia 230 total yards, South Carolina 156

QB: Fromm: 14-23, 129, 1 INT; Hilinski: 13-16, 117, 1 TD

RB: Swift: 14-75 yards; Dowdle: 7-35

WR: Cager: 4-48; Edwards 5-74

SECOND QUARTER

– Rodrigo Blankenship 53-yard FG attempt blocked final play

South Carolina 17, Georgia 10 (1:00):  Israel Mukuamu 53-yard interception return. Drive: 1 play, 53 yards.

Georgia 10, South Carolina 10 (3:00): Parker White 50-yard field goal. Drive: 7 plays, 30 yards, 2:31. Key play: Rico Dowdle 13-yard run to UGA 38.

Georgia 10, South Carolina 7 (13:35): D’Andre Swift 1-yard run (Rodrigo Blankenship kick). Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:23. Key play: James Cook 10-yard reception to from Jake Fromm on third-and-5 to the SC 48-yard line.

FIRST QUARTER

South Carolina 7, Georgia 3 (1:58): Bryan Edwards 46-yard pass from Ryan Hilinski (Parker White kick). Drive: 9 plays, 93 yards, 3:59. Key play: J.R. Reed pass interference on third-and-2 at South Carolina 14.

Georgia 3, South Carolina 0 (10:15): Rodrigo Blankenship 50-yard field goal. Drive: 9 plays, 42 yards, 4:45. Key play: Jake Fromm coverage sacked for 1-yard loss on third-and-5 at SC 32. Note: Blankenship now 12-of-12 on field goals his season

Pregame:

Georgia captains: J.R. Reed, Lawrence Cager, Brian Herrien

South Carolina wins toss, defers.

Injury Alert: Freshman DL Travon Walker has a cast on his arm.

ATHENS — Georgia has a 16-game home win streak and 15-game win streak against SEC East Division teams entering Saturday’s home game against South Carolina.

Bulldogs’ offensive lineman “Big” Ben Cleveland might have heard something about that, but neither his nor his teammates focus go beyond what figures to be a hungry group of Gamecocks on the other side of the field.

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“It’s not noted visibly to us, I’m sure there’s a couple guys out here that realize it,” Cleveland said of the UGA win streaks on Wednesday. “I feel like it’s one of those things we could sit here and think about, but at the end of the day, we’ve just got to go out and play.”

South Carolina (2-3, 1-2) is coming off a bye week, and it’s a physical group that possesses the best run game and one of the fastest defenses the No. 3-ranked Bulldogs will have seen.

The Gamecocks will deliver a punch, but Cleveland is confident Georgia has the depth and drive to overcome today’s challenge.

“There’s a confidence in the locker room, you’ve got to have confidence within your team to go out and be as successful as we’ve been these last few weeks,” Cleveland said. “It’s another one of those things where we don’t get too far ahead of ourselves.

“I feel like our biggest thing this year is just our depth and the talent level we have at all positions, there’s not one guy that you can’t roll in that’s just as good as the next, so I think that’s where we really set ourselves apart at this year.”

Pregame reads

7 Georgia players to watch against South Carolina

Podcast: Some South Carolina fans bring unexpected confidence

5 questions with Gamecocks football beat writer for Georgia game

 

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