Shawn Elliott said in the preseason that freshman guard Zack Bailey was taking some snaps at center, “just in case.”
Just in case showed up Saturday.
Starter Alan Knott went down with a sprained left ankle in the second quarter, putting Bailey under center. Bailey was moved to backup center when Cody Waldrop broke a bone in his ankle in practice, and will start until further notice.
“I never played center in my life,” Bailey said.
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Knott is out indefinitely. Bailey’s backup going forward will be Clayton Stadnik.
USC also lost Brandon Wilds to a bruised rib in the second quarter, on a drive that became a touchdown. He did not return.
Shon Carson and David Williams played in the second half.
Georgia had been waiting for this one. Even though most of the players on the field were toddlers or less when it happened, the Bulldogs got even for Steve Spurrier’s famous “Half a Hundred” game.
Florida crushed Georgia 52-17 in 1995 at Sanford Stadium as part of Spurrier’s mastery over the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs got it back in spades on Saturday, not only beating Spurrier for just the second time in six years, but handing him his worst loss to Georgia.
The Bulldogs’ previous best of Spurrier was 37-17 in 1997. Georgia scored the most points it ever has on a Spurrier team.
Elliott Fry nailed the longest field goal of his career with a 51-yarder in the second quarter. Fry’s previous long was 47, set in 2014.
Jeb Bush was on the sideline for warm-ups.
Nick Chubb’s mother, Lavelle Chubb, had a customized T-shirt for the game. Simply, it read “#raisedthebeast” across the front.
The Bulldogs sported two helmet decals for the USC game. One was for SEC Prostate Cancer Awareness, in honor of former commissioner Mike Slive, and the other was for Curing Kids Cancer.
USC also honored Curing Kids Cancer last week.
USC’s captains were QB Perry Orth, TE Jerell Adams, S Isaiah Johnson and LB Skai Moore.
Notable omissions from the dress list were Jalen Christian, Ernest Hawkins, Garrison Gist and Ulric Jones. There is a limit on players dressing for SEC games.
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QB Connor Mitch (shoulder, hip) and CB Chris Lammons (knee) didn’t travel, Mitch having to check back into the hospital Saturday to get a blood transfusion because of his hip injury.
DT Taylor Stallworth was rung up in the third quarter but came back in.
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