150 yards rushing
Georgia’s top running back, Thomas Brown, struggled last week to find his rhythm. He must do so quickly this week. Brown was missing holes and just did not have a great running game. There are two Bulldog backs that are eager to get the carries he doesn’t, so now is the time for Brown to play the way he did in August. If Georgia can get to the 150-yard mark in yard run they will have done what they needed to win.
The Bulldogs have won the last four meetings, but three of those four contests were decided by six points or less. Carolina's last win came by a 14-9 margin in Athens in the 2001 season. The only non nail biter in that time was Georgia’s 31-7 thrashing of the Cocks in 2003. Also, with last week’s win over Mississippi State, South Carolina has extended its SEC winning streak to a school record six straight games.
Nine times in 13 contests, Steve Spurrier’s teams have scored at least 30 points against Georgia. Spurrier’s teams are undefeated in those games. However, Spurrier-lead teams have split their other two contests with the Bulldogs, including last year’s 17-15 loss in Athens.
That’s just about the break-even spot for Georgia in turnovers. They can not survive turning the ball over more than twice in this game – two would be difficult enough to recover from. Georgia has caused some game-altering turnovers in this game, too. They won the game in 2004 by forcing a fumble late in the game, and the same way in 2002. It never seems, however, that Georgia gets a slew of turnovers going there way. The turnover story always seems to favor the Gamecocks.
That’s how many points the Gamecocks allowed last week – their first shutout since 2000 when they did the shutout trick against Mississippi State. Carolina is not expected to shut the Bulldogs out, but their defense combined with Georgia’s poor offensive showing last week should give Bulldog fans some concern about Georgia’s ability to score points.
This week in Georiga history:
September 4, 1932: Georgia Coach Vince Dooley was born in Mobile, Alabama. Dooley would go on to play at Auburn as a team captain before his Hall of Fame coaching career for the Bulldogs, which included the 1980 national championship.
September 5, 1981: Mark Richt, current Georgia head coach, steps in as the backup QB for Miami’s injured starter Jim Kelly, leading the Canes to a 21-20 victory over the Florida Gators.
September 6, 1980: Freshman Herschel Walker makes his debut as a Georgia player, trampling Tennessee’s Bill Bates during a 16-yard TD run in the second quarter and then adding a second 9-yard TD in the fourth quarter that secures a 16-15 Bulldog victory en route to a national title.