The Georgia Bulldogs’ pursuit of perfection came to a screeching end on Saturday after they were stunned at home by the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The two-time reigning SEC East Champions couldn’t get the job done against the unranked and unheralded Gamecocks on Saturday in a noon game that they never seemed fully into.
Georgia went into the game with a perfect 5-0 record and as 25-point favorites against a 2-3 South Carolina team that wasn’t expected to be competitive.
However, in college football, nothing is a given.
Carolina benefited from four Georgia turnovers, all of which were committed by Georgia QB Jake Fromm (3 interceptions, 1 fumble). They held the Bulldogs’ high-flying attack to only 17 points, their lowest total of the year.
The biggest play of regulation was arguably Israel Mukuamu’s interception return for a touchdown that put Carolina up 17-10 just before halftime.
Despite being outgained 468-297 by the Dawgs, the Gamecocks found themselves deadlocked at the end of regulation after a late Fromm TD pass which tied the game.
After a Parker White chip shot field goal gave Carolina a 20-17 lead in overtime, they forced Georgia to attempt a 42-yard field goal after holding them without a gain in their offensive possession.
Rodrigo Blankenship missed the kick, putting Georgia’s season and National Championship aspirations in serious trouble.