South Carolina football embarrassed by Georgia in 48-7 loss, worst defeat in series history – Greenville News

  • September 18, 2022

COLUMBIA — South Carolina football entered its matchup with Georgia as a 25-point underdog. The Gamecocks’ actual performance was even worse, falling 48-7 against the No. 2-ranked Bulldogs on Saturday.
The loss was the worst in the history of the rivalry, topping the previous 40-0 loss by the Gamecocks in 1894. Georgia benched most of its starters, including quarterback Stetson Bennett, early in the third quarter after taking a 45-0 lead. By the start of the fourth, the Gamecocks’ student section was nearly empty.
Former South Carolina coach Will Muschamp had the last laugh in his homecoming to Williams-Brice Stadium as Georgia’s co-defensive coordinator.
South Carolina (1-2, 0-2 SEC) recorded 306 yards of total offense, barely more than Georgia (3-0, 1-0) put up in the first half with 245. The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 SEC) finished with 50 total tackles, nine quarterback hurries and three interceptions. They also allowed South Carolina just one third-down conversion on nine attempts.
The Gamecocks floundered for the third week in a row on the ground, rushing for under 100 yards. Quarterback Spencer Rattler finished just 13-25 passing for 118 yards. The lone score for South Carolina came with under a minute remaining in the game on a pass from backup quarterback Luke Doty to Traevon Kenion.
A defense already struggling with injuries wasn’t equipped to handle Georgia’s elite offense and prevented the Bulldogs from scoring on just one drive. It recorded zero tackles for loss, one pass breakup and three QB hurries.
However, several young backups performed above expectations against Georgia. Freshman safety Nick Emmanwori, who started for injured senior RJ Roderick, was one of the only positives from the performance. He led the Gamecocks with 14 tackles. Freshman DQ Smith also earned significant reps at safety, as did freshman linebacker Stone Stanton.
Rattler didn’t cost South Carolina the game with his two interceptions, but he certainly didn’t help. The Oklahoma transfer has now thrown five interceptions in three games and has scored just two touchdowns.
Rattler has now turned the ball over twice in all three starts with the Gamecocks. He threw two interceptions in the opener against Georgia State, then lost a strip sack and threw an interception at Arkansas last week. Turnovers led to Rattler being benched last season at Oklahoma, and it seems clear the issue has not been resolved.
It’s not just a Rattler problem, either. Doty came in midway through the fourth quarter and threw an interception in the red zone on his first drive.
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