Key moment: Sean Bailey couldn't come down with D.J. Shockley's pass into double coverage at the goal line, Bailey playing more defensively at the time. Thus the Bulldogs failed to capitalize on Tra Battle's interception that stopped a USC drive inside the UGA 35.
Key statistic: UGA was almost doubling up USC in key areas - 104-54 in total yardage, 9:36-5:24 in time of possession - and had three times as many first downs (6-2), but it remained a 0-0 game.
The man: Georgia tailback Danny Ware helped the Bulldogs get going toward a second-quarter score with three runs for 23 yards late, including 17 on second and 10.
Key moment: Johnathan Joseph grabbed the ball in the air after it was deflected by USC teammate Ko Simpson on a pass to Sean Bailey and took it 42 yards for the score.
Key statistic: South Carolina ate up 6:07 with a drive that led to a field goal and gave the Gamecocks the lead and kept UGA's offense off the field.
The man: Simpson deflected that pass, was in on two other tackles, and otherwise helped slow UGA's offense.
Score: South Carolina 9, Georgia 7
Key moment: USC was sharp and clutch in moving the ball over the final third of the quarter, but lost a chance at the lead and momentum when
Key statistic: Georgia's offense was held to two first downs in the quarter and 48 total yards.
The man: USC defensive linemen Chris Tucker and DeAdrian Coley were key on two stops early in a Georgia drive, stopping Ware for losses of two and five yards to force UGA into a field goal situation. Brandon Coutu hit the 32-yarder with 8:58 left for a 10-9 lead.
Georgia 10, South Carolina 9
Key moment: Bryan McClendon went high and extended his body to pull in a Shockley pass for a 27-yard gain on third and 22 with about five minutes left in the game, keeping alive the drive that sealed the win for Georgia. Key statistic: With little momentum and only a two-point lead, Georgia kept the ball away from South Carolina for 5:42, pinning the Gamecocks back at their 22 with 1:22 remaining.
The man: Georgia tailback Thomas Brown, a workhorse who was pounded all night, ran five times for 33 yards on Georgia's scoring drive that put the Bulldogs up 17-9 with 11:24 left in the game. Honorable mention to Ware, who had five for 22 on the UGA drive that killed a chunk of the fourth quarter after USC pulled to within two.
Georgia 17, South Carolina 15.