GAME GRADES: Breaking down Georgia-South Carolina

Rushing offense: D- 

What went right: Todd Gurley had a nice 15-yard gain on Georgia’s first offensive play of the game. Ken Malcome scored a cosmetic touchdown in the fourth quarter to prevent the shutout.

What went wrong: Those were the only highlights in all four quarters.

Bottom line: The quick three-touchdown deficit took away much of the running threat. But Georgia wasn’t doing much damage before then anyway.


Passing offense: F 

What went right: Aaron Murray hit a couple of deep back-shoulder passes in the first half.
What went wrong: Aaron Murray’s first pass attempt was tipped at the line and picked off at the South Carolina 31-yard line.
Bottom line: Poor pass protection and inaccurate throwing are a bad combination. Georgia is lucky it didn’t turn the ball over more.

Rushing defense: C- 
What went right: Marcus Lattimore only gained 52 yards in the first half.
What went wrong: Connor Shaw ran for 59 yards in the first half.
Bottom line: The score was 21-0 before Georgia started to slow down South Carolina’s read option.

Passing defense: C- 
What went right: Jarvis Jones had his first sack in two games.
What went wrong: Bacarri Rambo lost a tug-of-war for a first-quarter pass that set up South Carolina’s first touchdown.
Bottom line: Georgia stopped the bleeding after coughing up a 21-0 lead. But it was a day late and a dollar short.

Special teams: C 
What went right: Kwame Geathers blocked a field goal and Malcolm Mitchell returned the opening kickoff 48 yards.
What went wrong: Ace Sanders botched the catch on a punt, but he picked up the ball and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown.
Bottom line: Georgia has flirted with disaster on its returns much of the season. Ace Sanders finally made one hurt.

Coaching: D- 
What went right: Georgia’s defense started slowly, but it eventually slowed down South Carolina’s offense to a degree.
What went wrong: Georgia had major first-half breakdowns in every phase and that resulted in a 21-0 first-quarter deficit.
Bottom line: Georgia looked slow and unsure of itself and that resulted in a disastrous first quarter that determined the game.