Marcus Lattimore and South Carolina Run Over Georgia in 17-6 Win
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Marcus Lattimore and South Carolina Run Over Georgia in 17-6 Win

The Georgia defense had no answer for South Carolina freshman running back Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore rushed 37 times for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks over the Bulldogs 17-6 in both teams’ 2010 SEC opener.

The Dawgs didn’t fare so well on offense either, managing only 253 yards and two field goals. It was the first time that Georgia failed to score a touchdown since a 16-12 loss to South Carolina in 2007.

Quarterback Aaron Murray was one of the lone bright spots for the Bulldogs. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 192 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Kris Durham was Murray’s favorite target, catching 3 passes for 76 yards.

What led to the loss for the Dawgs? The consensus seems to be that Mark Richt and Mike Bobo called a vanilla, predictable offense that was reigned in due to Aaron Murray’s inexperience. Also, the Dawgs defense couldn’t tackle effectively in the first half, allowing Lattimore to gash the Bulldogs for 103 yards and 2 TD’s in the opening half.

And what of Georgia’s vaunted offensive line? The blocking was sub-par which led to a mere 61 yards (net) rushing. Washaun Ealey led Georgia with 75 yards on 19 carries.

With the loss, Georgia falls to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the SEC. They also dropped out of both the Coaches and AP Polls.

For the Bulldogs to have any chance at winning the SEC East, they must win out and South Carolina must lose twice. Looking at South Carolina’s 2010 schedule, they could lose more than two with games at Auburn and Florida and a visit from Alabama. Can the Dawgs win out? It doesn’t look good right now.

Georgia’s next game is Saturday, September 18 at home against the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-0, 0-0 SEC).  The game will be televised by ESPN at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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