Richard Samuel IV
Sept. 10, 2011
UGA-USC Series: Tonight marked the highest scoring game in series history as the teams combined for 87 points. The previous was in 1970 in Athens when Georgia won 52-34. USC scored 21 points off three Bulldog miscues. For the eighth time in the last 11 meetings, the margin of victory was seven points or less. Georgia is 6-5 in these games. After playing two teams ranked in the top 12, the Bulldogs are now 0-2 for the first time since 1996.
Boykin's Versatility: Senior CB/KOR Brandon Boykin saw action on defense, special teams and offense for the second straight week. He had two tackles, one interception, 14 rushing yards and 184 kickoff return yards on a school record seven returns. The 184 yards ranks third best in school history. In the fourth quarter, he had a key 58-yard kickoff return that setup a TD with 6:28 left for a brief 35-31 edge.
Crowell Scores First TD: Freshman RB Isaiah Crowell scored his first career touchdown at the 6:09 mark in the third period to give the Bulldogs a 20-14 lead. During the 43-yard scoring drive, Crowell accounted for all of the yards with two catches and two rushes. The receptions were also the first two of his career. Georgia's other #1, Branden Smith, set up the scoring drive on a 32-yard punt return. Crowell finished the game with a team-high 118 yard rushing and 40 yards receiving. This is the first 100-yard rushing game for the Bulldogs since Washaun Ealey accomplished the feat versus Georgia Tech last year with 118.
Murray Gets 4 TD Passes: Sophomore QB Aaron Murray (19-for-29, 248 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT ) set a career high with four touchdown passes against the Gamecocks.
Wooten, Bennett Comes Through: Junior FLK Rantavious Wooten hauled in a 26-yard touchdown from Aaron Murray at the 2:53 mark to give the Bulldogs a 13-7 edge. This was Wooten's first score of the year and the fourth of his career. In the fourth quarter, redshirt freshman SE Michael Bennett grabbed his first career touchdown. Bennett's three catches in the game marked the first in his career. Following Bennett's score, Murray connected with junior Tavarres King for a 2-point conversion to tie the game at 28-all. This was the first 2-point conversion for the Bulldogs since Murray completed one versus Florida in 2010.
Two More Picks: The Bulldogs tallied their second and third interceptions of the year in the opening half as junior FS Bacarri Rambo snagged a pick late in the first quarter. This is the sixth INT of his career. Georgia turned the INT into a field goal and has now scored three points on three turnovers. Senior CB Brandon Boykin grabbed his first pick of the year as the second quarter expired near the Bulldog goal line. Boykin now has seven in his career and is the team's active leader. Branden Smith had Georgia's first INT of the year against #5 Boise State last weekend.
Walsh Moves To Third Place in Scoring: Senior PK Blair Walsh tallied nine points to move into third place all-time in Bulldog history with 315 career points, passing Herschel Walker who had 314. Walsh connected on his first two field goals of the year after hitting a 37 yarder with 5:59 remaining in the opening period and another 39 yarder at the 3:09 mark in that quarter. However, he missed his third attempt at 33 yards. He is now 16-for-21 from the 30-39 yard range and 57-for-72 in his career.
Gamecocks' Fake Punt: South Carolina's DE Melvin Ingram ran a fake punt back 68 yards for a touchdown late in the second quarter to put the Gamecocks up 14-13. This marked the first fake punt attempted versus the Bulldogs since Vanderbilt's Brett Upson ran a 7-yard rush to get a first down in 2009. Ingram added a 5-yard fumble return for a TD in the fourth quarter, the first against the Bulldogs since 2006 (Ray McDonald, UF).
Starters: The Bulldogs had three first-time starters. Redshirt sophomore OLB Chase Vasser, redshirt sophomore OG Dallas Lee and freshman ILB Amarlo Herrera all took the field as starters for the first time. Herrera is the second true freshman Bulldog to start a game this year after WR Malcolm Mitchell started versus #5 Boise State.
Helmet Decal: The Bulldogs wore black #23 decals on the back of their helmets today with the initials "J.E." above the number. The initials stand for Valdosta native James Eunice. Eunice was expected to be a walk-on this fall, but drowned in an accident earlier this year.
Up Next: The Bulldogs will host Coastal Carolina in Athens on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. The game will be pay-per-view.