Defensive tackle Melvin Ingram showed his athletic prowess by taking a fake punt 68 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown that gave USC the halftime lead. Ingram also scored USC’s final touchdown on a five-yard fumble return. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore later returned a third-quarter fumble 56 yards to the Georgia 5. And spur Antonio Allen scored a defensive touchdown for the second consecutive week when he picked off an Aaron Murray pass in the third quarter and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.
His second consecutive 100-yard game — he had 176 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries before a national television audience — carried the Gamecocks to victory and kept him high on the list of Heisman Trophy candidates.
Jay Wooten, the senior placekicker and transfer from North Carolina who earned a scholarship in preseason camp, kicked his first USC field goal — a 49-yarder in the fourth quarter — and all six extra points for a perfect night. Senior Joey Scribner-Howard, a transfer from Carson-Newman, punted six times for a 44.8-yard average, including a 59-yarder and three inside the 20-yard line.
Melvin Ingram (again)
Oh by the way, he also recovered the late onside kick by the Bulldogs to seal the victory.
It allowed 23 first downs, 436 total yards — 248 passing and 188 rushing — and 42 points, as Georgia rolled down the field throughout the game while scoring five touchdowns and a pair of field goals. The Gamecocks never figured out how to slow Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell, who had 118 yards rushing, 40 yards receiving and two touchdowns.