South Carolina knocked off unbeaten Georgia in double extra time for a predominant SEC upset Saturday, a blooming final consequence that can absolutely dampen the previously unbeaten Bulldogs’ College Football Playoff aspirations.
Gamecocks kicker Parker White related on a 24-yard topic goal in the 2d extra time to proper the 20-17 victory sooner than Rodrigo Blankenship neglected his kick on the following possession.
The upset modified into the major time a top-6 crew in the Coaches Poll has misplaced in 2019, and or now not it is additionally the major time an SEC crew fell to an unranked foe.
In the major extra time, South Carolina working support Rico Dowdle helped scheme the Gamecocks for victory but White neglected a doable game-if truth be told helpful 33-yard topic goal.
On the terminate of law, Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm came all over Demetris Robertson for a 6-yard touchdown strike — on a ninety six-yard drive — to knot the game at 17 with lower than 2 minutes perfect. But he may per chance well well now not spearhead a game-if truth be told helpful drive once UGA took over on downs with 34 seconds left.
Fromm(295 yards on 28-for-fifty one passing) struggled to drive UGA’s offense sooner than the final drive of law, making several costly turnovers — one being an interception that grew to turn into into the major take-6 of his profession at the terminate of the 2d quarter. That ranking, an Israel Mukuamu 53-yard return, broke a ten-10 tie to present the Gamecocks a 17-10 lead — and the game’s momentum — heading into halftime. Fromm threw one other take early in the fourth quarter because the Bulldogs had been trying to mount a comeback, and it modified into Mukuamu every other time who prompted the turnover.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp entered Saturday’s contest with a stellar game notion, and his crew’s defense came up take dangle of with several sacks on Fromm and momentum-determining performs. The Gamecocks forced a fumble at the starting of the fourth quarter and additionally deflected a topic goal strive by Blankenship appropriate sooner than the half.
South Carolina had a QB hobble with redshirt freshman Dakereon Joyner taking on for starter Ryan Hilinski who suffered a knee distress midway by the 1/three quarter.
South Carolina (three-three, 2-2 SEC) entered Saturday’s game in the heart of the SEC East standings. Georgia (5-1, 2-1) now faces remarkable taller odds to search out itself amongst the final four in the Playoff, having entered the game at No. 6 in USA TODAY Sports’ Playoff Projections. Earlier than the resume-staining loss, the Bulldogs had a 46% likelihood of reaching the playoff.