A quarter-by-quarter look at Georgia’s 52-20 victory over South Carolina on Saturday at Sanford Stadium:
Big play: After a week of consternation in Bulldog Nation about Greyson Lambert’s passing ability, Georgia’s starting quarterback connected with Malcolm Mitchell on a 25-yard slant pass on the Dogs’ second offensive play. That set the tone for Georgia’s opening drive, on which Lambert completed four of five passes before Marshall Morgan kicked a 30-yard field goal.
Turning point: With South Carolina trailing 3-0 and facing a third-and-10 from the Georgia 21-yard line late in the quarter, UGA linebacker Leonard Floyd broke through for a sack of Gamecocks quarterback Perry Orth, who had completed four passes earlier in the drive. The sack limited the Gamecocks to a 45-yard Elliott Fry field goal.
The takeaway: Georgia’s passing game got off to a promising start despite settling for a field goal.
Score: Georgia 3, South Carolina 3
Big play: Lambert hit tight end Jay Rome with a nicely thrown ball to the South Carolina 2-yard line early in the quarter. The 20-yard gain set up a Nick Chubb touchdown run on the next play and a 10-3 Georgia lead.
Turning point: Leading 17-10, Georgia drove 78 yards in eight plays on its final possession of the quarter, building its lead to 24-10 on a perfectly thrown 5-yard Lambert-to-Mitchell pass in the front of the end zone with 17 seconds left in the half. The Gamecocks got back three points when a 51-yard return on the ensuing kickoff and a 15-yard face-mask penalty enabled a 51-yard field goal as time expired.
The takeaway: Through two quarters, Lambert completed 14-of-15 passes to eight different receivers for 190 yards and the Bulldogs out-gained the Gamecocks 323 yards to 150.
Score: Georgia 24, South Carolina 13
Big play: Chubb broke free through the right side of Georgia’s line for 31 yards to the South Carolina 11 on his second carry of the third quarter, putting him over 100 yards rushing for the game. From the 11, Lambert hit Sony Michel for a touchdown on the next play.
Turning point: Already leading 31-13, Georgia tightened its grip on the game when safety Dominick Sanders intercepted a pass at the South Carolina 44-yard line and returned it to the 11. On the next play, Lambert hit Michel for another touchdown and a 38-13 lead.
The takeaway: The rout was on.
Score: Georgia 45, South Carolina 13
Big play: Lambert’s remarkable game continued when he completed a school-record 20th consecutive pass early in the quarter, an 11-yard slant to Terry Godwin. Mike Bobo held the previous UGA record of 19 consecutive completions in the 1998 Outback Bowl.
Turning point: With the game well in hand for Georgia, the only question was whether the Bulldogs would match the 52 points that Steve Spurrier-coached Florida scored in Sanford Stadium 20 years ago. The Dogs scored exactly that many against the Spurrier-coached Gamecocks on this night.
The takeaway: Georgia’s quarterback controversy is over for the foreseeable future. Lambert completed an NCAA single-game record 96 percent of his passes: 24 of 25, including his last 20, for 330 yards. Georgia piled up 576 yards of total offense.
Score: Georgia 52, South Carolina 20