Although Georgia overwhelmingly leads the series between the neighboring schools, South Carolina has won the last three meetings. Big plays have abounded over the years in these hard-fought border contests, and these are 10 of the biggest ones.
USC’S BIG PLAYS
USC 30, GEORGIA 14
Oct. 3, 1959 (Columbia)
Tackle Kirk Phares recovers a first-quarter fumble by Georgia quarterback Fran Tarkenton at the Georgia 17 to set up the game’s first score on the way to a rout of the Bulldogs, who would finish 10-1.
USC 17, GEORGIA 10
Sept. 29, 1984 (Columbia)
In a tie game with the fourth quarter winding down, backup quarterback Mike Hold connects with Ira Hillary on a 62-yard pass. Hold scores two plays later for the go-ahead TD that jump-started USC’s “Black Magic” 10-2 season.
USC 23, GEORGIA 21
Sept. 4, 1993 (Athens)
Tailback Brandon Bennett leaps over the Georgia line with two seconds remaining for the game-winner to cap a dramatic finish, which also remains famous for Georgia play-by-play man Larry Munson’s call.
USC 45, GEORGIA 42
Sept. 10, 2011 (Athens)
USC defensive lineman Melvin Ingram takes a direct snap on a fake-punt play and rumbles down the sideline on a 68-yard TD jaunt for 14-13 halftime lead in a game that turned into a wild shootout.
USC 35, GEORGIA 7
Oct. 6, 2012 (Columbia)
Ace Sanders fielded a punt at the USC 30 and electrified the home crowd by zigging his way 70 yards for a TD to give the Gamecocks a 21-0 lead on the way to a victory between Top 10 teams.
GEORGIA’S BIG PLAYS
GEORGIA 21, USC 20
Oct. 5, 1968 (Columbia)
Mike Cavan throws a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kent Lawrence midway through the fourth quarter to lead the Bulldogs from a two-touchdown deficit to the victory.
GEORGIA 15, USC 13
Sept. 24, 1977 (Columbia)
Kicker Rex Robinson drills a 22-yard field with 6:33 remaining in the game to provide the winning points in Georgia coach Vince Dooley’s 100th career victory.
GEORGIA 13, USC 10
Nov. 1, 1980 (Athens)
With the Gamecocks driving for the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, USC tailback George Rogers fumbles at the Georgia 16. Tim Parks receovers to rescue the Bulldogs, who would go on to win the national championship.
GEORGIA 13, USC 7
Sept. 14, 2002 (Columbia)
Defensive end David Pollack takes the ball out of USC quarterback Corey Jenkins’ hand in the end zone for an interception and a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs the margin of victory.
GEORGIA 41, USC 37
Sept. 12, 2009 (Athens)
With 22 seconds remaining and USC at the Georgia 7-yard line, linebacker Rennie Curran knocks down a pass from quarterback Stephen Garcia in the end zone on fourth down.