September 12, 2007
Offensive line showing more mettle
The South Carolina offensive line formally introduced itself to the SEC about 9 p.m. last Saturday night.
All it took was three plays.
With the momentum in Georgia's favor after Brandon Coutu's fourth field goal of the game with just under five minutes remaining in the game to cut USC's advantage to 16-12, the Gamecock offense urgently needed a lengthy drive to run down the clock.
Behind the offensive line, it delivered a crushing blow to UGA's hopes of pulling off a comeback victory with a six-play, 40-yard drive that took 3:22 off the clock.
When Georgia got the ball back just 1:20 remained. As a result, the Bulldogs had to run their offense at a faster tempo then they were used to. The mistake piled up before QB Matthew Stafford was eventually forced to try a desperation pass that deflected into the arms of Jasper Brinkley for the game-ending interception.
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