Georgia Bulldogs: South Carolina football

Just a few weeks after his commitment to the University of Georgia was not accepted, ESPN 150 prospect Kelsey Griffin (Hoschton, Ga./Mill Creek) has joined the commitment class of another SEC program -- coincidentally, one that just defeated the Bulldogs 35-7 on Saturday. According to Mill Creek coach Shannon Jarvis, Griffin has committed to play for the Gamecocks.

"Kelsey has just informed me and the coaches at the University of South Carolina that he is committing to play football there next fall," Jarvis said. "Kelsey attended the South Carolina-Georgia game on an unofficial visit this weekend and returned home to finalize his decision with his parents this week. Kelsey had offers from schools across the entire country before narrowing his choices to South Carolina and UGA this summer. He is very excited about the opportunity to play for the University of South Carolina and be apart of their continued success."

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The most damaging byproduct of Georgia’s inability to move the ball on the ground Saturday against South Carolina was the regular third-and-long situations that made life rough on Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray.

Considering how often Murray and the Bulldogs faced third-and-8 or longer, it’s no surprise that South Carolina’s talented defensive line was able to harass Georgia’s junior signal-caller throughout the game, leading to a 35-7 Gamecocks win.

“You’ve got to make those plays when you’ve got a chance and try to get them on their heels and we could not do that,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “You can’t ask anybody to just constantly on third down-and-long or second-and-long to protect. There’s just too much pressure. We couldn’t get the running game going tonight and it hurt us.”

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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Georgia fans doubtlessly feel like they've been here before. The last time the Bulldogs played a regular-season game with ESPN GameDay in town -- in 2008 against Alabama -- Georgia seemed stumbled out of the gate and trailed 31-0 at the break.

Saturday's game against No. 6 South Carolina was a repeat of that ugly start as the Gamecocks went up 21-0 on the fifth-ranked Bulldogs in the game's first 10 minutes and coasted into halftime with a three-touchdown lead. Let's review what happened:

Stat of the half: 177-39. Georgia came into Saturday’s game as the most productive offense in the SEC, but the Bulldogs struggled mightily as South Carolina jumped out to a 21-0 lead by outgaining Georgia 177 yards to 39 in the first quarter alone.

Player of the half: Connor Shaw. South Carolina’s quarterback executed two impressive touchdown drives in the first quarter, capping them with scoring passes to Bruce Ellington and Rory Anderson. He finished the half 5-for-9 for 100 yards passing, plus he rushed seven times for 50 yards.

What’s working for Georgia: After struggling to find a pulse in the first quarter, Georgia finally held its own in the second -- although it was down by three touchdowns by that point. The defense held South Carolina to 34 yards of offense in the second quarter and the offense drove to the Gamecocks’ goal line before failing to score on fourth down.

What’s not working for Georgia: There are plenty of choices to point to here. In addition to its struggles at the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball, Georgia also gave up a 70-yard punt return touchdown to Ace Sanders. A general lack of composure existed for the Bulldogs in the first quarter and that resulted in an enormous early deficit.

Spurrier's Sunday soundbites 

September, 30, 2012
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Some highlights from South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier’s Sunday teleconference, where he previewed the Gamecocks’ upcoming game against Georgia:

On the South Carolina-Kentucky game:


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SEFFNER, Fla. -- Four-star running back Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) led his team Friday night to a 36-28 upset win over Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, the top-ranked school in class 6A.

The 5-foot-11, 197-pound totaled 44 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and added an acrobatic 52-yard reception. Bryant, whose two touchdowns went for 25 and 3 yards, also played defensive back for the Stallions in the second half.

As for recruiting, Bryant says South Carolina, Auburn and Georgia stand out, and now there is a new team in the mix for the talented running back.

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