COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It's never easy for Georgia at
The third-ranked Bulldogs came from 16 points down behind David
Greene's 213 yards and two touchdown passes to beat South Carolina
20-16 on Saturday night.
"Everytime we come here, it's really no fun at all," Bulldogs
coach Mark Richt said.
Two years ago, Georgia (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference)
defeated South Carolina 13-7 on the way to an SEC title.
Greene and the Bulldogs were flat early, but found their rhythm
in their first road test of the season.
"Sometimes we get better as the season goes on, sometimes we
start off hot, like we did last year," said Greene, who admitted
it wasn't his best performance. "I didn't play particularly well
today, don't know why. But when you're not having a great game,
you've just got to fight."
Greene finally began connecting with Fred Gibson and Reggie
Brown, whose 22-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter put the
Bulldogs up 20-16. The two receivers combined for 10 catches for
Greene was 19-for-38 with one interception. His first touchdown
was a 12-yard pass to Tyson Browning near the end of the third
"When we finally scored that touchdown, we finally got
something positive going," Greene said.
South Carolina (1-1, 0-1) had a couple of chances to score late.
The Gamecocks drove to the Georgia 18, but Greg Blue stuffed
Dondrial Pinkins, forcing a fumble.
The Gamecocks got the ball back a couple of plays later when
Marcus Lawrence forced a fumble.
On fourth-and-one with five minutes to go, Georgia's defense
again held off Pinkins, and Paul Oliver ended the Gamecocks' final
threat with an interception near midfield.
"We have to learn how to win close games," South Carolina
coach Lou Holtz said. "This will be a good learning lesson for
Georgia's three turnovers kept the Gamecocks in the game.
Browning mishandled his first punt return, which eventually led
to an early safety. The Bulldogs trailed 16-0 after freshman Ko
Simpson intercepted Greene and sprinted 57 yards untouched into the
end zone with his first career pick.
"I got a good look at the ball and got in front of it,"
Simpson said. "After that, I just ran and did what I could to get
in the end zone."
Georgia didn't score until Andy Bailey made a 26-yard field goal
with 6:47 left in the half, and he added another as the second
Browning, who made the first of several Georgia mistakes, made
up for his miscue.
With standout freshman tailback Danny Ware out in the second
quarter with a bruised chest, Browning's offensive role grew, along
with Michael Cooper, last year's leading rusher who had dropped to
fourth on the depth chart.
But the Bulldogs had confidence in the two backs, and Browning's
12-yard score capped an 8-play, 73-yard drive that cut South
Carolina's lead to 16-13.
Richt said Ware was ready to go back into the game after X-rays
were negative but he began coughing up blood.
"We think he's going to be fine," Richt said. "We just
couldn't put him back in the second half."
His absence may have hurt, but Georgia held on. Browning had 11
carries for 54 yards and Cooper added 61 yards on 13 carries.
The Gamecocks took advantage of Bailey's 47-yard miss in the
first quarter. Three plays later, Pinkins hit Troy Williamson on a
short route, and Williamson broke free from two tacklers before
sprinting for a 65-yard score, diving into the end zone.
Pinkins was 13-for-21 for 200 yards. Williamson finished with 3
catches for 131 yards.
The Bulldogs were held to just 28 yards in the first quarter,
and found themselves in the Gamecocks' territory just once.
"We had some momentum," Holtz said. "But it was not a passing
grade for any of us. We lost to a very good football team, but we
Ware, the star in Georgia's 48-28 opening win at Georgia
Southern, didn't fare too well with his first carry from the
Georgia 3. He bumped into his lineman near the goal line and was
swarmed by several Gamecocks including Lawrence, who was credited
with the safety.
Ware left the game in the second quarter and didn't return. He
had eight carries for 41 yards.
South Carolina's heralded running back Demetris Summers also
struggled on his first carry, injuring his right ankle on a 3-yard
run. He returned but was never a factor.
Though recent games have been close, the Bulldogs still hold a
42-13-2 edge in the series and have won the past three meetings.
Georgia is 15-6-2 at Williams-Brice Stadium and under Richt, the
Bulldogs are 13-1 on the road.
"All I can say is we're not looking forward to coming back in
two years," Richt said.
Ohio State remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and tied a poll record Sunday despite lagging support from voters. Meanwhile, No. 2 TCU and No. 3 Baylor edged forward and No. 4 Michigan State slipped.
Will Grier threw four touchdown passes to four receivers -- all in the first half -- and No. 25 Florida downed third-ranked Mississippi 38-10 on Saturday night.
Leonard Fournette highlighted his SEC-record third straight 200-yard game with a 75-yard touchdown run, and No. 9 LSU overcame Eastern Michigan 44-22 on Saturday night.
An officiating error led to an Oklahoma State touchdown Saturday in the Cowboys' 36-34 win over Kansas State.
Texas A&M receiver Ricky Seals-Jones, who was ejected for targeting midway in the second quarter of Saturday's game, took to Twitter late in the game, retweeting a tweet that questioned the call.
As if things weren't going bad enough at Texas, the Longhorns appear to have players on Twitter during lopsided losses and jabs at their coach accidentally being sent from other nearby teams.