Ge­or­gia blows past Carolina in 52-20 win

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ATHENS, Ga. ( AP) — Steve Spurrier stood sto­ically on the side­line, his arms folded.

He’s owned Ge­or­gia over the years, but there was noth­ing he could do this night.

Not the way Greyson Lam­bert played for the Bull­dogs.

Lam­bert set an NCAA record by com­plet­ing all but one of his 25 passes, in­clud­ing the last 20 in a row, to lead No. 7 Ge­or­gia to a 52-20 blowout of South Carolina on Satur­day.

It was the most points Ge­or­gia has ever scored against a Spurrier- coached team.

“We got clob­bered,” he said.

Spurrier’s teams had won four of their last five meet­ings with Ge­or­gia, and the Ol’ Ball Coach was 16-6 in his ca­reer against Ge­or­gia go­ing back to his Florida days. Make it 16-7. Lam­bert threw his only in­com­ple­tion on an over­throw in the back of the end zone late in the first quar­ter, forc­ing the Bull­dogs (3-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) to set­tle for a field goal.

Af­ter that, he carved up the South Carolina de­fense with help from Nick Chubb (159 yards rush­ing, two touch­downs), Sony Michel (one rush­ing TD, two more scor­ing catches) and Mal­colm Mitchell ( eight catches, 122 yards, one TD).

Lam­bert set a school record for con­sec­u­tive com­ple­tions and posted the high­est per­cent­age (96.0) in FBS history for a min­i­mum of 20 com­ple­tions, break­ing

the mark of 95.8 (23 of 24) shared by Ten­nessee’s Tee Martin and West Vir­ginia’s Geno Smith.

“That’s pretty good,” Spurrier dead­panned. “The kid played well. He had a lot of open re­ceivers and they caught ev­ery­thing.”

Lam­bert was so good, his coach couldn’t re­sist hav­ing a lit­tle fun.

“I can’t be­lieve he threw an in­com­ple­tion,” Mark Richt quipped. “I’m dis­ap­pointed in that. But we’ll for­give him.”

South Carolina ( 12, 0-2) has lost its first two con­fer­ence games for the first time since 2008. For­mer walk-on Perry Orth started his first col­lege game, tak­ing over af­ter Con­nor Mitch went down with a sprained shoul­der the pre­vi­ous week in a loss to Ken­tucky.

Orth scored on a 4yard boot­leg late in the first half, bring­ing the Game­cocks to 1710. But he fin­ished just 6 of 17 pass­ing for 66 yards, throw­ing a crit­i­cal in­ter­cep­tion early in the sec­ond half that put Ge­or­gia in to­tal con­trol.

Fresh­man Lorenzo Nunez also played ex­ten­sively, used largely as a run­ner. He could be in line to move up af­ter this dis­mal per­for­mance.

“I’m ready if that’s what coach Spurrier de­cides,” said Nunez, who led the Game­cocks with 76 yards rush­ing and com­pleted 4 of 5 for 18 yards. “It’s not up to me.”

Ge­or­gia sud­denly looks a lot more se­cure at quar­ter­back.

Lam­bert, who trans­ferred to Athens af­ter los­ing his start­ing job at Vir­ginia, faced plenty of skep­ti­cism com­ing into the sea­son. The doubts only in­creased when he strug­gled the pre­vi­ous week against Van­der­bilt, com­plet­ing only 11 of 21 passes.

Talk about si­lenc­ing the crit­ics.

Ge­or­gia seized con­trol with a touch­down in the fi­nal sec­onds of the first half and two more in the first 2 1-2 min­utes of the third quar­ter.

“It hasn’t re­ally set­tled in,” Lam­bert said. “But it def­i­nitely feels good to have a game like this.”

Chubb eclipsed 100 yards rush­ing for the 11th game in a row as Ge­or­gia cleared its last ma­jor hur­dle be­fore an Oct. 3 show­down with No. 2 Alabama. The Bull­dogs face FCS school South­ern Univer­sity next Satur­day.

Lead­ing 24-13 at the half af­ter Lam­bert’s 5yard touch­down pass to Mitchell with 17 sec­onds left, Ge­or­gia tacked on two more quick TDs less than a minute apart to start the third quar- ter, fin­ish­ing off the Game­cocks.

Chubb broke off runs of 31 and 13 yards, while Lam­bert com­pleted three more passes, the last of them an 11-yarder to Michel, who caught it in the left flats, faked out a would-be tack­ler at the 5, and zipped into the end zone.

Three plays af­ter the kick­off, Orth badly over­threw his re­ceiver, Do­minick San­ders picked it off, and the 33yard re­turn gave Ge­or­gia another first down at the South Carolina 11. Lam­bert went to Michel again, only this time with a swing pass to the right side that the speedy re­ceiver took in for a 38-13 lead.

Com­pound­ing South Carolina’s prob­lems, cen­ter Alan Knott went out with an an­kle in­jury.

“They to­tally dom­i­nated us,” Spurrier said.

Ge­or­gia run­ning back Nick Chubb (27) breaks through the South Carolina line in the sec­ond half of an NCAA col­lege football game Satur­day, Sept. 19, 2015.

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