Richt likens loss to Gamecocks to ‘perfect storm’

Georgia’s wipeout at South Carolina last Saturday reminded coach Mark Richt of the Bulldogs’ first “Blackout.”

The Gamecocks jumped to a 21-0 lead en route to a 35-7 victory on Saturday. The Bulldogs in 2007 got out to a 17-3 first quarter lead against Auburn and won 45-20 in a top-20 matchup.

“It was kind of a perfect storm for us that day,” Richt said Wednesday night after practice. “Just the emotions of the fans, the excitement of the fans, the emotion of the players when we kind of sprung that thing on them. They were just at an emotional peak. We had something big happen early and it snowballed for us that day.”

Richt said he didn’t think Georgia was that much better than Auburn back then.

“This game was a little bit like that for South Carolina,” Richt said. “We had opportunities that might could have made a difference. The first pass of the game, if (Bacarri) Rambo squeezes it a little tighter and comes down with it, that’s a big momentum play for us. Maybe we turn around and score, I don’t know.”

Auburn rallied in that game to lead 20-17 in the third quarter. Georgia did not made a similar charge Saturday.

“It’s just like I told the team: Whether you lose by a point or you lose by 28 points, it’s only one loss, it’s not five losses,” Richt said. “It feels like three or four losses, but it’s only one.”

Richt was asked to assess the coaching job done this season.

“Overall, I think we’ve coached pretty well,” he said. “A lot of really good things have been happening, but when you lose a game the way we did, you start to evaluate everything.”

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