Gamecocks’ QB Connor Shaw shows off against state school

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw accounted for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in a decisive 35-7 win over Georgia on Saturday night. (AP photo)

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw accounted for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in a decisive 35-7 win over Georgia on Saturday night. (AP photo)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Saturday’s night’s dominating win over Georgia was special to a lot of Gamecocks, but no one was more pleased than Connor Shaw.

South Carolina’s junior quarterback grew up in Flowery Branch, just 40 miles from Athens, but left the state without an offer from the state university. Saturday he played like a man on a mission.

Shaw played a near-perfect game in the Gamecocks’ zone-read-based offense. He ran for 78 yards on 14 carries and scored on a 7-yard run and passed for another 162 yards and two scores. He completed only six passes, but they averaged 27 yards a pop, with a long of 62 yards.

“We were all hyped up for this game,” said Shaw, who has completed 41 of 49 passes in the least three games. “It was the greatest atmosphere I’ve ever played in. I saw a tweet where Kirk Herbstreit said the Horseshoe was one of the greatest [pregames] he’s ever been a part of, so we’re grateful to the fans.”

Said Georgia coach Mark Richt: “He played an outstanding game. . . . We did nothing to make it tough on him.”

Shaw improved to 13-1 as the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback. He succeeded the oft-troubled Stephen Garcia after he was dismissed early last season.

“Connor is sensational running the ball. That’s his game,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “He can throw, too. But running Marcus (Lattimore) and running him, we can hit some big [passing] plays. That was key for us.”

There was nothing flukish about the Gamecocks’ production on Saturday. They took their first two drives of the game and drove 76 and 69 yards to score. Twice Shaw ran for first downs on third down.

“We had a great week of preparation and we came out of the gate rolling,” Shaw said. “We found a groove. I think it’s important in a game like this to come out and find your comfort level. We just rolled with it.”

Feasibility studies

There is plausible route for Georgia back to Atlanta. The Bulldogs need South Carolina to lose their next two games, which happen to be on the road at LSU and Florida, respectively. Georgia would then need to win out, which would mean beating the Gators as well.

“We’re definitely not going to give up on that thought,” Richt said.

Georgia won 10 straight last season after losing to South Carolina to play in the SEC Championship game.

Shutout avoided

Georgia used a 12-play, 75-yard drive that consumed 4:22 late in the fourth quarter to avoid its first shutout since losing to Alabama 31-0 in 1995. Sophomore tailback Ken Malcome scored on a 3-yard run and accounted for 45 of the yards on five carries.

“It feels a little better to get 7 on the board,” Richt said. “I don’t think anybody wants to get shutout. That hurts. It’s embarrassing. People start looking at record books for the last time you got shut out. . . . It wasn’t like it made it feel like we had a good night or anything like that.”

The first-half shutout was Georgia’s first since LSU held them scoreless in the first two quarters in 2009. The Bulldogs trailed 6-0 in that one and lost 20-13.

Anything positive?

Here’s a few positives coming from the Bulldogs’ side on Saturday:

  • Junior nose guard Kwame Geathers blocked a 33-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. It was Geathers’ second blocked kick of the year. He got his hand on a PAT against Florida Atlantic.
  • Junior outside linebacker Jarvis Jones recorded another sack when he dropped Shaw for a nine-yard loss. That gives him 5.5 this season and 19 for his career.
  • Senior flanker Tavarres King registered a catch in his 21st consecutive game. It was his only reception and went for 16 yards.
  • Malcome ended up as Georgia’s leading rusher with 45 yards. He did it on just five carries for a 9-yard average.
  • Linebacker Amarlo Herrera led both teams with 11 tackles. Nose guard John Jenkins had a career-best 8 stops.

Etc. . . .

Georgia saw its regular-season winning streak end at 15 games. Its last regular-season loss was to South Carolina 45-42 last year. . . . South Carolina’s 10-game winning streak is the longest in school history. The Gamecocks’ 6-0 start is their first since 1988. . . . Georgia opponents have now scored 43 points off of 10 turnovers this season. . . . The Bulldogs were last in the SEC in net punting before Ace Sanders’ 70-yard return for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was the second TD punt return against Georgia since LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu had one in the SEC Championship game last December.

COMPLETE COVERAGE OF GEORGIA-SOUTH CAROLINA GAME

73 comments Add your comment

LakeDawg

October 7th, 2012
1:36 am

UGA sucks. Period.

01HAWK

October 7th, 2012
1:40 am

CONNOR SHAW had alot to play for. To not have been offered by UGA and then to outplay their QB was all he needed for satisfaction on last night.

CMR is a nice guy but he will never win any CRYSTAL.

dawgydawg

October 7th, 2012
1:56 am

Thurd! LakeDawg is 100% correct and so is 01Hawk. Same Richt, different toilet. We all can tell that these men/players work hard and they have heart but they are let down by poor coaching. Its not all X’s and O’s.

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Observer

October 7th, 2012
7:50 am

Lets get one thing straight… Shaw had no offer from UGA because he told them very early in the recruiting process that he had no interest in being a dawg.

Team

October 7th, 2012
8:13 am

we were taken to the woodshed– out coached and out played

Ace

October 7th, 2012
8:14 am

gators are better than SC, UGA is 2nd tier.

David Mc

October 7th, 2012
8:16 am

shows he had good sense even as a high school QB, doesn’t it?

mike

October 7th, 2012
8:28 am

UGA better get to work recruiting offensive lineman. We are really bad on the o-line.

mike

October 7th, 2012
8:30 am

has anyone else noticed how much worse the defense is now that w got Rambo and Ogltree back?

WtfWruthnkn

October 7th, 2012
8:33 am

Chemistry is everything

sportzfan

October 7th, 2012
8:36 am

Ace….if the Gators are better than SC, my guess would be that UGA is in for an embarrasing day in Jacksonville. And if I remember correctly, there were many comments posted in the AJC this past week about how Shaw couldn’t hold Murray’s jock strap and he’d be on his back all night against the dawgs….what went wrong?

Holy Guacamole

October 7th, 2012
8:59 am

1. We got whipped in the trenches on both sides of the ball. No running lanes for the offense and no QB pressures for the defense.
2. Murray perhaps couldn’t see his receivers over the 6′6″ linemen of SC. (maybe he is too short)
3. The defensive backfield looked like they were playing the run (Lattimore) rather than their own area of responsibility. Rambo looked particularly un- All American.
4. Michael Bennett is sorely missed. The receivers only showed up tonight to drop passes (the few that Murray had time to throw).
5. As usual against Spurrier, we were badly outcoached.

This one hurt.

Holy Guacamole

October 7th, 2012
9:01 am

And, oh, I forgot.

6. The team seemed totally unprepared and unmotivated to play.

ARdawg

October 7th, 2012
9:19 am

Richt forget about Atlanta. Even if your fantasy came true of backing in to it again, you haven’t earned it. How about manning up and doing your job for a change. What were we doing last week while SC was preparing to beeyotch slap the Dawgs? Back to basics Coach. Start preparing and start coaching forget Atlanta, you’re not worthy

DAWG with two bags still over his head

October 7th, 2012
9:20 am

Typical unprepared and outcoached Richt Team. How much longer do we have to put up with this-$3 million/year nonsense? 0-10 should become our battle cry at Dawg Walk.

Dawg Tired

October 7th, 2012
9:24 am

Correction: THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING POSITIVE ABOUT LAST NIGHT’S GAME FROM A UGA PERSPECTIVE.

Dawg Tired

October 7th, 2012
9:27 am

Correction: There is one positive to last night’s game. It is obvious we need to clean house and start over. However, I’m reasonably sure there is no one in charge in Athens with enough sense to understand that obvious fact.

Hairy Dawg

October 7th, 2012
9:51 am

We still got that chance at Dome and true fans still believe. Some body needing to pop that Shaw in the mouth for being smart Alexs. SCar is always chokers with an without no Visor Boy. They will trip over own feet to let Dawgs back in race. Dawgs just got to table runniing to get back to Dome.

Red & Black 4 life

October 7th, 2012
9:52 am

Dawgs will always be my team, And Richt has done a lot of good things for our team. Before him we never got close to an SEc championship in 20 years, we own GT as well. but i think he has peeked. This game was a repeat of the 2008 blackout. Defense sucked it up and the offense did too. One team was ready to play the other looked like they just came off an all night drunk fest and forgot there was a game.

Sorry, But Bama came ready to play in 08, and Sc came ready in 12, I’m with the naysayers now. This is the best Richt can do.
National TV, and we got embarrassed! Every Georgia boy was let down last night. Murry checked out early. Bobo checked out early! 1st down run 2nd down run, 3rd and long pass!
Wow, if this is the best we can do with all that talent then it will be 33 more years till we ever reach the title game again. I’m 33 now, hope i live to see UGA win the big one again!

Grits

October 7th, 2012
9:55 am

Quality players, poor coaching. Until Richt and Bobo are gone we have no chance of any championhips, SEC or National. Aint gonna happen.

Dawgman

October 7th, 2012
9:56 am

Game over man, Game over…..Bill Paxon, Aliens,
Game over man, Game over!….Me last night,21-0 halftime!
Damn shame that we allow our Georgiaboys to be lead into battle time after time with this staff.
i don’t blame them, i blame US it is our fault!

ARdawg

October 7th, 2012
9:56 am

Hairy dawg

We don’t deserve the dome, we don’t deserve Atlanta or to represent the SEC East/West, makes no difference. We’re not a good team despite the fact we’ve tried to convince ourselves we are, we are not. Good teams don’t get smacked around like we were last night. Atlanta and playing for the SECCG is reserved for champions, that ain’t us

Mistakes on D

October 7th, 2012
9:59 am

One of thenfirst of many UGA coaching mistakes was to allow Ogletree and Rambo to start. The chemistry in D is horrible and they no longer respond to Coach TG.

UGA is anpretender much like The U of NC has been for many ,many,many years.

Mark Richt is not the answer, fans.

CONTACT UGA and AD Greg McGarity and demand that he fire Richt.
UGA alumnus, class of 71&73.

Sunbury Dawg

October 7th, 2012
10:01 am

The game was so bad i went to bed early and had bad dreams about it.
We need to go out and get the best out there no matter the cost!
piss poor, i love the dawgs but what was that?

Johnny Knoxville

October 7th, 2012
10:07 am

Wow, i have to say i have been drinking the kool aid but last night was the first time i was able to say i have a problem.
Hello, i am a dawgfan and i was on the kool aid, but today i didn’t drink any and i know i was wrong all along.
Saying that hurt about as much as finding out the hard way there is no Santa!
We are a middle of the road team. we are always going to lose big games on Tv, we will never win the big one again unless we make changes in Athens Georgia!

1969 Graduate

October 7th, 2012
10:08 am

Congratulation to the South Carolina players – especially their fine quarterback – for a well played game. You boys have a fine team.

I wouldn’t get too cocky just yet though. In beating Georgia so badly you beat a team which has no coaching staff.

Ga Today

October 7th, 2012
10:12 am

How do we contact AD Greg McGarity?
Please post it online!

Ga Today

October 7th, 2012
10:14 am

We need to call the Tea Party & Al Sharpton and march on the UGA Athletic department! There has to be come kind of rights violation going on with us losing like this to ranked teams!

Fried Chicken

October 7th, 2012
10:16 am

Dang, are we just as bad as Tech? both teams have bad coaches and seem to fold during big games.

Sc gamecock

October 7th, 2012
10:16 am

Fact is USC has the players now to compete at the highest level. Did you hear brent m say that other than ala he has never seen such conditioned and attentive players as what he observed this week at USC. It is a new era…we are for real…no more fluky wins by USC over UGA…just better athletes and coaching

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ARdawg

October 7th, 2012
10:25 am

Sc gamecock

I can’t argue with that

ARdawg

October 7th, 2012
10:27 am

Case in point were the QBs. Shaw came to play and win Murray, not so much. I use to think The Old Bawl Sack was in Richt’s head when the fact is, he can’t be because there isn’t room in Richts azz for two heads

Ace

October 7th, 2012
10:55 am

Firing coaches won,t beat the gators. SC FLA will be big.

Bulldawg Rick

October 7th, 2012
10:58 am

I have been a Dawg fan since ‘66… That being said, this is getting to be a pattern, especially under CMR… Big Stage, Big Game, Lay another Big Egg..

How can a team with so many great INDIVIDUAL athletes knowing the stage, atmosphere, setting…. Come out soooooo FLAT??

The team was out coached, out classed, unprepared. And Murray continues to flop on the Big stage.. batted passes, missing 10 open receivers, even lil dump passes in the flats.. The D was duped into chasing Lattimore all over the field & still could not stop him from catching dump offs. Connor Shaw, Bless his Heart, from my hometown of Flowery Branch, took us to the wood shed as bout as well as ANY QB has in the history of CMR coaching at UGA!

There’s a LOT of work to be done.. Special teams also seems like they arrived to the game riding on the “short bus”… D was outta position most of the night. O line is still a work in progress. Murray was…. Well, Aaron Murray, in a big game…

SC Dawg

October 7th, 2012
11:03 am

South Carolina tickets picture a Gamecock football player for each home game with the exception of the Georgia game which has Spurrier’s picture on it. He was especially looking forward to beating UGA this year! Spurrier wanted this win and got it….his third in a row over UGA.

SEC Observer

October 7th, 2012
11:11 am

In 2008, UGA started off the year ranked No. 1 with huge expectations. Then came the Bama blackout, from which IMHO UGA has never recovered. This year UGA started out the favorite to win the East with a schedule that could well get them to the SEC CG undefeaed. Then came last night’s debacle, a blowout of greater proportions than Bama. A game in which the some team members quit and all showed a tremendous loss of composure. 0-10 in marquee over the last 5 years. WOW!! What can McGarrity do? He’s not gonna fire Richt because he can’t find anybody better. Mediocrity abounds for the near future.

Hanky Panky

October 7th, 2012
11:30 am

CLEAN HOUSE.

HIRE JON GRUDEN AS UGA HEAD COACH.

HIRE HINES WARD AS AN ASSISTANT.

START WINNING CHAMPIONSHIPS.

START THE MOVEMENT, DAWG FANS!

Huh?

October 7th, 2012
11:30 am

ARDawg…I know we have our differences, but I 100% agree with your ealier post. After the embarrassment that happened last night, UGA and UGA fans need to concentrate on getting better…and NOT how to get to Atlanta for the SEC CG.

Poopdawg

October 7th, 2012
11:46 am

UGA got out played out coached out everything last night. It sure seemed to me that Gates needed help against Clowney but never saw a TE or a RB give it. That’s poor coaching. 2nd and 10 guess what UGA will run next ? Straight up the middle to help get in 3rd and long. Murray looked better early in his RS freshman year when he was a threat to run . Richt and Bobo stopped Murray from running. This was a Jed Clampett game, PITIFUL.

azdawg

October 7th, 2012
11:56 am

ARdawg

October 7th, 2012
9:56 am

Amen, brother! This coaching staff and the players don’t deserve to play in the SECCG. If they do show up it’ll be through the back door, not the front door of the dome. Thats reserved for teams that deserve and earned their way to be there by winning the big ones. The Dawgs are no more then paper tigers. They’ve been that way for years now. They do have good players and it shows against lesser teams that they easily beat, with few exceptions like TN and MO where they pulled out wins in close games. But then against top teams their flaws are revealed and the GA’s coaches can’t seem to adjust soon enough to stop the bleeding on both sides of the ball. This trend of losing to good teams will continue while CMR and his entire staff are there. Next season will be even worse as they’ll lose the majority their best players to grad or the NFL. GA needs a Spurrier or saban like HC to install the right Offense and defensive shemes where all this talent will finally prosper. It ain’t going to happen under CMR.

ARdawg

October 7th, 2012
11:58 am

Huh?

We have nothing left but some meaningless games for posturing for a meaningless bowl game. Even a win against the Gators (Tech is no longer a given either) will leave much to be desired. I can’t decide if it’s easier being out of the picture earlier in the season like the last few years or midway like now. It’s been so long since we went into J’ville with something real on the line I’ve forgotten what it’s like. We’re use to this. Just hoping to win and hoping someone else loses.

Yeah it’s just a game and losing is part of the process but getting brutally spanked on that fashion with the better players isn’t acceptable. Back to basics. We have a coaching vacuum still.

Huh?

October 7th, 2012
12:09 pm

ARdawg…agreed. It’s one thing to lose a game if you were competitive…it’s another when you get embarrassed like UGA did last night. It’s pretty clear that UGA thought they were better than they actually were.

I agree with you two on the UGA fans that are now turning their focus onto pulling for teams to beat SC and FL to let UGA back their way in to the SEC CG. After last night’s performance, this team doesn’t deserve it.

dawggirl

October 7th, 2012
12:29 pm

They definitely don’t deserve to be in Atlanta, but there’s nothing else to do right now except try to right the ship and keep winning. I disagree with those who think Florida is better than SC, though. I watched that Florida/LSU game. And while their defense is impressive, their offense is not. Driskell is nowhere near the QB that Shaw is.

Shaw is probably the best QB in the SEC. However, on a purely shallow girly note, he looks like a psychopath with that shaven head.

Blackland

October 7th, 2012
12:50 pm

Shaw always wanted to play for SOS, he had no interest in playing for UGA.

UGA is always ranked higher than SC in recruiting. Either these recruiting rankings don’t mean much or SC is doing more with less. UGA seems to recruit a lot of guys with high ranking and low character. What good are these guys to you all when they spend half the season suspended or get kicked off the team a year or two later?

Barry

October 7th, 2012
12:51 pm

Most embarrassing Georgia game I have ever witnessed. We were totally unprepared and that is coaching, or lack there of! Add that, and pitiful play in all phases of the game, the result is humiliation! At this point I am not interested in any positive spin by Coach Richt. We stunk! It appears our totally inconsisten,t “half a game” play against weak oponents has proven the Dogs to be an average, over- hyped team, when they play a reall y good team. Georgia’s recruiting has probably been set back about 4 years! Thank God we play” open” this week!

Z Dawg

October 7th, 2012
12:54 pm

Coaches of both teams hyped up their teams. The question is, who did better job?

Blackland

October 7th, 2012
1:04 pm

A few of UGA’s top recruiting targets were at the game, hopefully they will take a look at SC now.

sc fan

October 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

Ga will clean up and win alot of games. The main difference with the dogs these days is they are not tough like they used to be.