It was a miserable night for the USC defense at Georgia. The Gamecocks were gouged for 536 yards, the most they’ve given up in a game since losing to Auburn in the 2010 SEC championship game.
The Gamecocks could neither figure out Georgia’s running game (227 yards) or passing game (309 yards, only 6 incompletions). Georgia ran 76 plays and averaged 7.1 yards per pop.
Adding insult to injury, with 8:32 to play, down 11 and with Georgia backed up to its one yard line, the Gamecock defense could not get the ball back. The Bulldogs ate up the rest of the game clock to end three years of frustration against the Gamecocks.
Now the frustration sits with Gamecock defensive coordinator. Perhaps the most fight scene from his unit was by his two assistant coaches who mixed it up on the sidelines for the entire world to see over and over again on ESPN and the internet. There were bad angles taken, missed tackles and blow assignments. And the domination of Jadeveon Clowney never materialized.
Linebacker Kaiwan Lewis led the Gamecocks with 12 tackles. TJ Gurley had 11. Clowney and Marquis Roberts each had a sack.