The end of the first half was a disaster for the Georgia Bulldogs.
With a 14-0 lead and the ball deep in South Carolina territory, Georgia had a good chance to score. But two Jacob Eason overthrows put Georgia in a hole. Eason was 3 of 13 for 14 yards in the first half.
With 12 seconds left, Georgia handed the ball off to Brian Herrien, who gets inside the South Carolina 10-yard line. But a Terry Godwin holding penalty negated the play. With the game being in the final minute of the half, a 10-second runoff was induced. Kirby Smart was unable to get a timeout off in time, and the half ended with Georgia getting zero points.
“We were trying to get a timeout and take a shot at the end zone,” Smart said to SEC Network’s Kaylee Hartung. “The wind was in our face and we didn’t think we could kick a field goal, so we just wanted to take a shot at the end zone rather than try to have them return a kick and we didn’t get it in there.”
Smart also spoke about Eason’s play in the first half.
“I think he’s a little confused,” Smart said. “A little rattled. We’ve got to continue to run the ball to get him some easy passes.”
The Bulldogs have been able to run the ball, which is why they have a 14-0 lead. South Carolina has also turned the ball over 3 times.