Sept. 10, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Despite four touchdown passes by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, the Bulldogs dropped a 45-42 decision to No. 12 South Carolina on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
With the loss, the Bulldogs slipped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks improved to 2-0 and 1-0.
"South Carolina is a tremendous team, and I think Georgia's a darn good team if we don't help the opponent too much," Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said. "I saw an awful lot of fight from our guys, I saw some outstanding plays at crunch time, I saw banged-up guys sucking it up and going - all the ingredients of a very good football team. But very good football teams don't turn it over the way we did. So we're potentially a very good football team.
"We've definitely been through some really tough games, games that take a lot of guts, energy and games where you need the majority of things to go right to get the victories. We lost and we understand that. But we're going to be a good football team. We're resilient enough to shake it off and make the corrections."
Murray hit on 19-of-29 passes for 248 yards and the career-best four touchdowns, the last covering 33 yards to receiver Tavarres King with 2:33 remaining. But after the Bulldogs were unable to recover an onside kick, South Carolina ran out the clock.
Freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell gained 118 yards on 16 carries to establish his career high for the Bulldogs. He scored two touchdowns, one on a 17-yard reception and the other on a 16-yard rush.
South Carolina was led by sophomore tailback Marcus Lattimore, who had 176 yards and a touchdown. The Gamecocks also scored touchdowns on a fake punt, an interception return and a fumble return, and they had another touchdown set up by a fumble return.
Kicker Blair Walsh was 2-for-3 on field goals, hitting from 37 and 39 yards.