COLUMBIA, S.C. – It took a while Sunday, but South Carolina finally got into Georgia territory midway through the second quarter.
Sophomore wide receiver Deebo Samuel hauled in a perfect pass from Perry Orth for a 33-yard gain, putting the Gamecocks at the Georgia 46-yard line. But just as quickly as the big gain happened, the drive ended. On the following play, freshman running back Rico Dowdle coughed up the ball on a run up the middle.
“We got the ball moving, but then we’d have a turnover,” coach Will Muschamp said. “We can’t get out of our own way, at times. It gets very frustrating.”
That was part of the story for the Gamecocks in Sunday’s 28-14 loss to Georgia. First was the inability to stop the run, which Muschamp lamented following the game. But South Carolina also found itself being its own worst enemy at many points.
Dowdle’s fumble was the third South Carolina turnover in the second quarter, as all but one drive ended with a turnover.
First came an interception on the first play of the quarter when Georgia’s Malkom Parrish read a corner route and picked off the pass. Georgia took over the USC 28 and scored on the drive when Nick Chubb ran in from the 1-yard line.
Two drives later, running back A.J. Turner botched a pitch from Orth on an option play, then came Dowdle’s fumble on the following drive.
The three-turnover game came on the heels of two turnovers a week ago in a 24-13 loss to Texas A&M.
“It’s frustrating,” Orth said. “I guess it is just not bouncing our way right now. We are going to continue to work. Eventually, it’s going to click. Right now, we just have to keep working. Hopefully, we will get better.”