South Carolina got a beautiful day for its rescheduled game against the Georgia.
The result didn’t match the weather.
One day after they were supposed to play the Bulldogs in Williams-Brice Stadium in a game that was moved because of the impact of Hurricane Matthew, the Gamecocks fell 28-14 to Georgia. It was South Carolina’s first home loss to the Bulldogs since 2008, and dropped the Gamecocks to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the SEC.
“You are what your record is. We’re 2-4,” first-year coach Will Muschamp said. “That’s not good enough.”
An announced crowd of 77,221 showed up for what is believed to be the first Sunday game at Williams-Brice Stadium since Sept. 29, 1946. That day the Gamecocks beat Newberry 21-0.
This day didn’t go as well.
“The crowd was outstanding,” Muschamp said. “Wish we’d played better, given them a better showing.”
South Carolina, which is 3-15 in its past 18 conference games, needs to win four of its final six games to be eligible for a bowl game.
The Bulldogs improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC on the strength of 326 rushing yards. Two Georgia running backs gained more than 100 yards, with Sony Michel gaining 133 yards on 21 carries, and Nick Chubb getting 121 on 16 carries. The Bulldogs’ third-string running back, Brian Herrien, had 82 yards, which was 52 more than South Carolina had as a team.
Georgia won despite completing just five passes.
“They threw it 17 times. That was probably 17 too many,” Muschamp said.
Senior Perry Orth started at quarterback after three straight games in which freshman Brandon McIlwain opened the game. Orth completed 26 of 36 passes for 288 yards, one interception and no touchdowns. Freshman running back Rico Dowdle started the game and had seven carries for 30 yards to tie A.J. Turner for the team lead in rushing yards.
The Gamecocks have an open date this week before returning home to play UMass on Oct. 22. The players will have Monday off before returning to the practice field Tuesday.
“We just have to improve our team. That’s the bottom line right now,” Muschamp said. “I don’t think anybody questions the effort. I don’t think anybody questions the want to. We’re just not getting the execution, and it’s very disappointing for them not to get the results. They have worked hard. They have put the time in. They just haven’t gotten the results.”
Who: Massachusetts at South Carolina
When: Oct. 22, time TBA
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium