Sunday, September 14, 2008

No. 2 Georgia survives a scare at South Carolina

The yards were tough to come by and the points even tougher for Georgia - as usual when the Bulldogs play South Carolina. But the Dawgs play big-time defense, too, and that's what kept them undefeated Saturday.

Knowshon Moreno's sliding 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the No. 2 Bulldogs ahead and the defense kept turning the Gamecocks back for a 14-7 victory in Columbia, S.C.

Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC) forced two turnovers by South Carolina (1-2, 0-2) in the fourth quarter.

"That shows us we can play when it's on the line," defensive tackle Corvey Irvin said. "When adversity strikes, who's going to step up and be the leader, be the man. Our team stepped up today."

The first time came with about eight minutes left and South Carolina on Georgia's 2. Tailback Mike Davis tried to leap the pile when linebacker Rennie Curran jarred the ball loose and into the arms of cornerback Asher Allen. South Carolina got a final chance and drove to the Georgia 17. That's when Reshad Jones sealed things, intercepting Chris Smelley's pass with 13 seconds left at the 3.

Georgia had all off season to remember how last September's 16-12 loss to South Carolina (1-2, 0-2) most likely kept them from playing for the SEC and national titles.

"They kind of ruined our dreams last year, stopping us from the SEC championship and the national," Irvin said. "This year, we don't have to worry."


Sources and Photo Credit: Associate Press

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