No. 3 Georgia Stunned by Unranked South Carolina, 20-17, in Double Overtime

John Healy
October 12, 2019 - 4:48 pm

The College Football Playoff picture had its first major shakeup of the season on Saturday as No. 3 Georgia fell to South Carolina, 20-17, in double-overtime.

The Bulldogs are the first team in the top six of the coaches poll to lose this season, and first SEC team to fall to an unranked opponent.

Georgia had a chance to send the game into a third overtime, but kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed a field goal to tie the game, handing South Carolina the upset victory.

Georgia trailed 17-10 late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jake Fromm led the team on a 96-yard drive and connected with Demetris Robertson for a 6-yard touchdown to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

The Bulldogs got the ball back with 34 seconds left, but were unable to get into field goal range.

Fromm was not sharp on Saturday, completing 28 of 51 passes and made several turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown — the first pick-six of his collegiate career.

In overtime, neither team scored on its first possession, but the Gamecocks were able to take the lead on a 24-yard field goal by Parker White.

Another loss would likely eliminate the possibility of Georgia qualifying for the College Football Playoff, although they could still win out and earn a trip to the SEC Championship Game where they would likely face either LSU or Alabama, both of whom entered Saturday undefeated.

If Georgia can reach that game with just one loss, it would still have some hope, but the loss to an unranked South Carolina team is certainly a major blemish on their record.

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