Upset in Athens As Georgia Loses to South Carolina in a Double Overtime Thriller

By Avery DePaola on October 12, 2019 at 5:21 pm
Rodrigo Blankenship after a missed 42-yard field goal attempt.
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After a game that felt like it would never end, South Carolina reigned victorious over a third-ranked Georgia team by a final score of 20-17 in double overtime.

There is a lot to unpack from this game. It was pretty sloppy.

On paper, Georgia seemed to dominate. They outrushed South Carolina 173 yards to 142 and outpassed them 295 yards to 155, but four costly turnovers by the Bulldogs opened up opportunities for the Gamecocks. Even after South Carolina's starting freshman quarterback, Ryan Hilinksi, left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, Dakereon Joyner took over and was able to find a way to win.

It quickly turned into a battle of the kickers after Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm threw his third interception of the game in the first possession of overtime. A missed 33-yard field goal by South Carolina sent the game into a second OT. A missed 42-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship, who went 1-for-3 on the day, finally ended it all. 

Make no mistake, South Carolina did not look like a playoff-caliber team, Georgia just looked that bad. This is all good news for the Buckeyes who get to relax today and watch all of the mayhem unfold, which could leave them as the lone team at the No. 3 spot in the rankings come Sunday.

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