USC didn’t have the horses to keep up with Georgia Sunday afternoon in Columbia. The Gamecocks defense struggled to stop the Bulldogs ground and pound running attack and their offense struggled to find it’s footing for most of the afternoon. That’s not a combo that is going to win a lot of games in the Southeastern Conference.
Georgia fed USC a steady diet of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and not much else. Michel carried the ball 21 times for 135 yards and Chubb carried the rock 16 times for 124 yards. Brian Herrien had a modest nine carries, but made the most of them with 82 yards rushing. That ground attack was all Georgia needed and it was about all they had. Bulldogs freshman quarterback Jacob Eason finished the day 5 of 17 for just 29 yards. He was intercepted once and had one touchdown.
Perry Orth got the start at quarterback for USC and he went the distance. He finished 26 of 36 for 288 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Those numbers aren’t terrible, but Orth and the offense struggled mightily for large chunks of the game. At the half the Gamecocks only had three first downs. Orth’s passing was about all the Gamecocks had; they only rushed for 30 yards in the game. Contrast that with Georgia’s 326 yards on the ground and there’s your difference in the game.
USC has lost three straight and is 2-4. They are off next week and will play UMass in Columbia a week from Saturday.
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