Nick Chubb, Bulldogs bounce back against Gamecocks

RAW: Kirby Smart on UGA's win against South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Nick Chubb and the Georgia Bulldogs bounced back Sunday from last week's heartbreaking loss to Tennessee by putting up 326 rushing yards and beating the South Carolina Gamecocks 28-14 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Chubb rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns. He hadn't scored a touchdown since Sept. 10 against Nicholls. Chubb only played one down last week against Tennessee while battling with an ankle injury.

Senior Sony Michel led the team with 21 carries for 133 yards, and true freshman Brian Herrien contributed 82 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Jacob Eason struggled in the game, completing just five passes for 29 yards in the game. It was the first time this season the true freshman had not thrown for at least 100 yards in a game. He had one interception.

But on his second completion to Isaiah McKenzie, McKenzie was able to stretch the ball out and hit the pylon to put Georgia up 21-7 in the fourth quarter.

McKenzie finished with two receptions for 15 yards.

The Gamecocks struggled to protect the football. Perry Orth was picked off by Malkom Parrish, leading to Chubb's second touchdown. Later in the first half, the Gamecocks had back-to-back lost fumbles, forcing them to go into the half without any points.

They responded in the second half by picking off Jacob Eason; Antoine Wilder intercepted the ball deep in the Gamecocks' territory.

South Carolina went 90 yards down the field on the next drive, and Deebo Samuel ran 9 yards for the Gamecocks' first score.

Rico Dowdle scored a 1-yard touchdown to put the Gamecocks within a touchdown with 1:40 left in the game. They attempted an onside kick, but Terry Godwin picked up the ball off the bounce and ran straight into the end zone to secure the win.

Orth was 25-of-35 with 283 yards, but threw no touchdowns.

The Bulldogs improved to 2-2 in the SEC. South Carolina is 1-4 in the SEC.

The game was postponed from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew. The stadium suffered minor damage as the storm passed by Saturday. It was the first time the Bulldogs played a regular season game on a Sunday.

Smart said he thought the wind gusts- a lingering effect from the hurricane- likely had an effect on Eason's game. But the Bulldogs had prepared for far worse conditions in practice than what they played in Sunday.

"Well, both teams had to deal with it. I think their team probably had to deal with it more than ours, with their families being involved in such and such situations. It really wasn’t that much different for our guys, to be honest, the biggest difference was an extra day and how they managed that. I think that was critical, what will be critical going forward, is how we manage a short week," Smart said.

Florida versus LSU was also postponed because of the storm, but a make-up date has not been set. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Saturday the conference needs to come together and create a solution for making up the game to maintain the integrity of the conference.

PHOTOS | UGA vs. South Carolina 


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