Georgia trails South Carolina about halfway through the second half, but the Gamecocks suffered another injury at quarterback in the third quarter.
Bulldogs outside linebacker Adam Anderson fell into the lower left leg of South Carolina signal caller Ryan Hilinski on third-and-18 at the Gamecocks 16-yard line. At first glance, it looked like Anderson’s hit may have been a little dirty — the official threw a roughing the passer penalty on the play — but the replay shows a South Carolina offensive lineman tripped Anderson into Hilinski’s leg.
While attempting to block linebacker Nolan Smith, Gamecocks offensive lineman Sadarius Hutcherson pushed his right leg out, thus accidentally tripping Anderson, who then went low into Hilinski. It was a fluky and unfortunate play for Hilinski, who was already seen limping around at times during the first half.
South Carolina is now down to its third quarterback — Dakereon Joyner. The Gamecocks lost starting quarterback Jake Bentley after a Week 1 injury.
Hilinski could be seen on television with an ice bag tied to his left knee, so it appears it will be up to Joyner to hold onto the South Carolina lead.
Joyner has begun the game 2 of 4 for just 24 passing yards, but the Gamecocks defense has remained strong. Georgia trails South Carolina, 17-10, at the beginning of the fourth quarter.