The Gamecocks jumped to a 21-0 lead en route to a 35-7 victory.
The Bulldogs in 2007 got out to a 17-3 first quarter lead against Auburn and won 45-20 in a top-20 matchup.
“It was kind of a perfect storm for us that day,” Richt said Wednesday night after practice. “Just the emotions of the fans, the excitement of the fans, the emotion of the players when we kind of sprung that thing on them. They were just at an emotional peak. We had something big happen early and it snowballed for us that day.”
Richt said he didn’t think Georgia was that much better than Auburn back then.
“This game was a little bit like that for South Carolina,” Richt said. “We had opportunities that might could have made a difference. The first pass of the game if (Bacarri) Rambo squeezes it a little tighter and comes down with it, that’s a big momentum play for us. Maybe we turn around and score, I don’t know.”
Auburn rallied in that game to lead 20-17 in the third quarter. Georgia never made a similar charge Saturday.
“It’s just like I told the team whether you lose by a point or you lose by 28 points, it’s only one loss, it’s not five losses,” Richt said. “It feels like three or four losses, but it’s only one.”
Richt was asked to assess the coaching job done this season.
“Overall, I think we’ve coached pretty well,” he said. “A lot of really good things have been happening, but when you lose a game the way we did, you start to evaluate everything.”
Reeling in recruits from Texas?
While Georgia’s players are getting a chance to regroup halfway through the season and get reenergized for the games to come, coaches will be mixing in recruiting this week along with practices.
Recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner said assistants would be on the road this week Monday, Friday and Saturday.
That includes plans for stops at junior colleges, with receivers coach Tony Ball going today and Garner on Saturday.
Georgia has switched up some of its recruiting areas among its assistants and will be going more into Texas now that Texas A&M is in the Southeastern Conference.
“We want to be able to go throw a hook in the water and see if we can get a little nibble,” Garner said.
Georgia, of course, landed quarterback Matthew Stafford from Dallas.
Garner recruited defensive lineman Dale Dixson from that area.
Texas produced the second most players on NFL rosters on opening weekend, according to USA Football with 200, seven behind California. Florida was third with 189 and Georgia was fourth with 92.
Jones out of practice
Georgia can take it slow during the bye week with linebacker Jarvis Jones after he sprained his right ankle against South Carolina.
Jones missed his second straight day of practices on Wednesday when the Bulldogs had a physical, full pads workout and he may not go today, Richt said.
“We just want to get him rested up 100 percent,” Richt said. “He probably could have played this week. It's just that time of the year where we're allowed to let a guy get to the point where hopefully he's not even sore anymore. …He’s definitely one where we’re going to allow to get as healthy as possible before we get going again on Kentucky on Monday.”
Georgia treated the practice “like spring football,” Richt said with “live” scrimmaging.
That was taking a risk doing it midseason, Richt said, but there were no major injuries.
Richt said one player got the back of his foot stepped on but thinks the player will return by Monday. Another player dislocated his finger.
“It was not a quarterback,” said Richt, who did not want to identify either player. “It was not a receiver. He’s a guy that usually doesn’t catch the ball.”
This and that
Defensive end Garrison Smith is likely to get more playing time because he’s been productive and to give other players more rest, Richt said. “Garrison’s been playing but I think we believe he should play more snaps,” Richt said.
Richt will attend his son Jon’s homecoming game for Mars Hill (N.C.) College against Catawba Saturday afternoon. The senior quarterback has thrown for 1,400 yards with 15 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions in six games for a team that is in first place in the Division II South Atlantic Conference.
Georgia commitment Tramel Terry from Goose Creek (S.C.) was named Wednesday to the South Carolina team for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas that will play a team from North Carolina on Dec. 15 in Spartanburg.