Georgia collects rare blowout victory by demolishing depleted Gamecocks

Photo by Travis Bell / Georgia junior running back James Cook had 104 yards on only six carries during Saturday night's 45-16 drubbing of South Carolina inside Williams-Brice Stadium.

When Georgia had its breakthrough year under Kirby Smart in 2017, the Bulldogs whipped seven Southeastern Conference foes during the regular season by at least two touchdowns and repeated that feat the following year.

There had been a longing for those days entering Saturday night's game at South Carolina, with Georgia having experienced a stretch consisting of a double-digit loss to Alabama, a mundane 14-3 topping of Kentucky, a double-digit loss to Florida and a 31-24 escape of Mississippi State. The Bulldogs rediscovered the feeling of a convincing conquest, routing the Gamecocks 45-16 inside Williams-Brice Stadium to improve to 6-2 in their coronavirus-altered schedule consisting solely of league contests.

"It felt great," Bulldogs sophomore safety Lewis Cine said. "It felt awesome.