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Riding Home: Kirby Smart, No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs Destroy South Carolina

September 17, 2022
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Offensive Numbers: Georgia tallied 547 yards of total offense in winning 48-7 on Saturday. Sophomore tight end Brock Bowers scored three touchdowns -- two on receptions and one rushing. That is the second time in his career (Vanderbilt 2021) that Bowers has scored three times and in that manner in the same game. Bowers ended up with five catches for 121 yards, including a 78-yarder, and the two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Stetson Bennett went 16-of-23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns in two-plus quarters of work. He also rushed for a touchdown to cap the Bulldogs’ season-best drive of 88 yards on eight plays and was the leading rusher with 36 yards on three attempts. Senior kicker Jack Podlesny drilled a season-best 42-yard field goal.

Red Zone Review: The Bulldogs were 5-for-5 in the Red Zone with four touchdowns and a field goal. For the season, Georgia improved to 19-for-20 in the Red Zone with 14 touchdowns and five field goals.

A Look At The Defense: The Bulldogs have allowed 10 points this season, which is the program's lowest 3-game total since 1927. South Carolina finished the game with 306 yards of total offense. The leading tackler for the Bulldogs was sophomore linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson with six stops. Freshman defensive back Malaki Starks and sophomore inside linebacker Trezmen Marshall picked off passes for the Bulldogs. For Marshall, it was his first career interception. Collectively, the Bulldogs had six tackles for loss. 



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Starters & Game Captains: Georgia had two first-time starters in freshman receiver Dillon Bell and senior defensive lineman Tramel Walthour. South Carolina won the toss and elected to receive. Senior Kearis Jackson (WR), junior Warren McClendon (OL), and sophomore Jamon Dumas-Johnson (ILB) were the captains. 

Points Off Turnovers: Georgia picked up 14 points off three turnovers. The Bulldogs moved to +6 for the year with 31 points off turnovers, while Georgia has not had any turnovers this year. 

This and That: Freshman tight end Oscar Delp recorded the first touchdown of his career on his first collegiate catch … South Carolina’s successful fake punt was the first against Georgia since Cincinnati in the 2021 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl … The Gamecocks’ 46-yard pass play was the longest surrendered by the Bulldogs this year.

Series History: Georgia improved to 54-19-2 in the series history with South Carolina, including 21-10 in SEC matchups. The Bulldogs posted their largest margin of victory against the Gamecocks. Coach Kirby Smart is now 6-1 against the Gamecocks and 5-0 against former assistants (2-0 vs. Arkansas, 2-0 vs. South Carolina, 1-0 vs. Oregon).

Up Next: No. 2 Georgia (3-0) returns to Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium to face Kent State (2-2) at noon on ESPN+ and SEC Network+. The Golden Flashes defeated Long Island on Saturday.

 
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