Freshman Danny Ware, who took over the starting job when Kregg Lumpkin was lost for the season, opened the game and rushed eight times for 41 yards before leaving the field with a chest contusion.
He did not return, leaving the Bulldogs scrambling to find a solid rushing threat.
Freshman Thomas Brown, who moved into the second-team job thanks to a solid debut last week, stayed on the sideline when Ware left. Brown was dressed out but the reason for his apparent benching wasn’t known immediately following the game.
Tyson Browning filled in for Ware, gaining 7 yards on three carries in the first half. Michael Cooper came in third, getting his first carries of the season and gaining 7 yards on four carries in the first half.
Browning started the second half.
SITTING OUT: Linebacker Derrick White’s injured left ankle kept him out of Saturday’s game.
White was hurt during Tuesday’s practice and didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, but Georgia’s coaches were hoping he would be able to play. White, who was starting at middle linebacker in place of the suspended Odell Thurman, was replaced by sophomore Jarvis Jackson.
Despite being undersized at 215 pounds, Jackson played well in the first half and was in on several plays. White dressed out for the game but never seemed on the verge of entering as he paced the sideline without his helmet.
KICKING CONFUSION: South Carolina tried some trickery in the third quarter, faking a 44-yard field goal attempt. Holder Joey Bowers picked up the ball, rolled right and floated a horrible pass Cory Boyd. Body dropped the ball but the play had to be redone due to offsetting penalties, a hold on Greg Blue and a pass interference on Boyd.
When the play was redone, sophomore place-kicker Charlie Carpenter showed why Coach Lou Holtz decided to fake the kick in the first place. Carpenter, on his first career kick, hit a knuckle ball that didn’t make it to the end zone in the air.
BAD VIBES: Browning’s memories of Columbia didn’t get any better early during his second trip to the Palmetto State. Two years ago, Browning fumbled on his first collegiate carry. Saturday, he turned the ball over again the first time he touched it.
The junior dropped Josh Brown punt following South Carolina’s first drive. Orus Lambert recovered the ball at Georgia’s 32-yard line. Georgia stopped the Gamecocks on the ensuing drive. Georgia sent Browning back to return the kick, but he dodged a low, bouncing kick and South Carolina downed it on their own 3-yard line, leading to a safety.
REMEMBERING 9/11: In memory of the third anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, South Carolina recognized several firefighters from New York City before the game. Saturday was the first full day of college football played on the anniversary of the attacks.
At halftime, the South Carolina and Georgia bands took the field together and played “Amazing Grace” while a film showing footage from 9/11 was shown on the video screen at Williams-Brice Stadium. After the film stopped, hundreds of red, white and blue balloons were released as the bands played “God Bless America.”
EARLY INJURIES: Demetris Summers, South Carolina’s starting tailback, injured his right ankle on the first play of the game. He went to the locker room for evaluation and didn’t return until the second half. Summers led the Gamecocks in rushing with 87 yards last week against Vanderbilt. Reserve cornerback Jonathan Joseph and starting right tackle Na’Shan Goddard also were shaken up in the first half and left the field. Joseph suffered a broken foot.
AROUND THE DOGHOUSE: South Carolina wore all black uniforms -- helmets, shirts and pants -- for the first time in school history. ... The safety Georgia gave up in the first quarter as its first since the 2003 SEC Championship Game. ... Georgia considered trying to convert a fourth-and-one from its own 49-yard line with 14:22 left in the first half. The Bulldogs lined up to run a play but then called timeout. Gordon Ely-Kelso then punted the ball to South Carolina’s 7-yard line. ... Georgia fullback Des Williams made his first career catch in the second quarter, picking up 11 yards and a first down.