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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, all three of Georgia's latest running combo scored touchdowns and the third-ranked Bulldogs came away with a 41-17 victory over No. 24 South Carolina on Saturday.
Fromm was 15-of-18 passing, including a 34-yard TD pass to Mecole Hardman. D'Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien looked every bit as effective as NFL runners Nick Chubb and Sony Michel did a year ago in leading Georgia to the College Football Playoff.
Holyfield led the way with 76 yards and a 5-yard score. Swift had a 17-yard TD run, and Herrien piled on with a 15-yard scoring burst in the third quarter as Georgia went up by 31 points. That's when many in the crowd of 83,140 began to file out in disappointment - a familiar ritual against the Bulldogs.
Cornerback Deandre Baker set the tone on defense early with an interception off a tipped ball in the opening minute that led to a quick, if unconventional touchdown. Baker let the ball loose before crossing the goal line, but teammate Juwan Taylor picked it up and took it the final yard for a 56-yard score.
From there, Georgia's defense and run game took over. The Bulldogs outrushed South Carolina 271 yards to 54.
When South Carolina had a chance to tie it after Rashad Fenton'sinterception deep in Georgia territory, the Bulldogs allowed just a yard on the next four plays. They took over on downs after Bentley's fourth-down incompletion.
Georgia rarely let up. South Carolina drove 70 yards to the Bulldogs' 5 in the fourth quarter before safety J.R. Reed's end-zone interception.
South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley threw for 269 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
South Carolina scored on each of its first three possessions and six of its first seven drives, taking a 42-6 lead after three quarters of play. Rico Dowdle had a pair of touchdowns, one on the ground and one in the air. The Gamecocks had 32 first downs on the day and had 557 yards overall.
557 — South Carolina had 263 yards on the ground and 294 in the air in the victory over Coastal Carolina. Rico Dowdle had 105 rushing yards while quarterback Jake Bentley was 22-for-29 for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the air. The 557 yards were the most by the Gamecocks since Carolina amassed 588 yards on Nov. 19, 2016 in a win against Western Carolina.
South Carolina opens play in the Southeastern Conference next Saturday (Sept. 8) as the Gamecocks host Georgia at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on CBS.