COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – Todd Gurley is done looking ahead after all that cost No. 6 Georgia this week.
The star tailback had 131 yards and a touchdown, yet didn’t have the ball at the most crucial moments as the Bulldogs fell to No. 24 South Carolina 38-35 on Saturday night.
Gurley couldn’t help but listen the past two weeks to those awarding the Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) the league’s Eastern Division and him the Heisman Trophy after his four-TD showing to beat Clemson to start the season.
But South Carolina’s defense and his own team’s mistakes — both on the field and in the coaching box — limited his effectiveness just enough. The junior’s not falling into the trap again, locking solely on his next opponent in Troy and not Georgia’s chances in the SEC.
“Right now, I’m not focusing on the East, I’m focusing on Troy,” he said. “I don’t care what South Carolina does, I don’t care about nothing else but Troy right now. . . .”
It might’ve had Gurley gotten the ball on Georgia’s last best chance, a first-and-goal at the Gamecocks 4 set up by Damian Swann’s fourth-quarter interception with 5:24 left.
On first down, instead of handing off to Gurley, Nick Chubb, Keith Marshall or anyone else, Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason looked to pass, was chased down by Gerald Dixon and was called for intentional grounding to set the Bulldogs 10 yards back.
Defensive tackle J.T. Surratt tipped up Mason’s third-down pass and the usually dependable Marshall Morgan was wide right on a 28-yard tying field goal as the rain poured down on Williams-Brice Stadium.
“It was close but didn’t go in,” said Marshall, who earlier in the game hit his SEC-record 20th straight field goal. “We probably had a chance to stop them again but didn’t end up that way.”
As the Gamecocks did a week ago against East Carolina, they used their run game to chew up the clock in the fourth quarter and beat Georgia for the fourth time in five years.
Boston College 37, No. 9 USC 31: In Boston, quarterback Tyler Murphy rushed for 191 yards, breaking free for a 66-yard touchdown with 3:30 to play as Boston College beat Southern California — the Eagles’ first victory over a top 10 team in a decade.
Jon Hilliman ran for 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Myles Willis and receiver Sherman Alston each broke off runs of 50-plus yards to help BC (2-1) amass 464 rushing yards.
For USC (2-1), Cody Kessler completed 31 of 41 passes for 317 yards and four TDs, but he was also sacked five times.
No. 2 Oregon 48, Wyoming 14: In Eugene, Oregon, quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores and Oregon survived a slow start to beat Wyoming.
Oregon (3-0) erased a 7-0 deficit with four second-quarter touchdowns to take command.
No. 3 Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12: In Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Blake Sims passed for two TDs and rushed for a third in three quarters and might have staked his claim as Alabama’s undisputed starting quarterback in a win over Southern Miss.
No. 4 Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 10: In Norman, Oklahoma, Trevor Knight passed for 308 yards to help Oklahoma defeat Tennessee.
Knight threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score for the Sooners (3-0), who won their seventh straight game.
No. 7 Texas A&M 38, Rice 10: In College Station, Texas, Kenny Hill threw for 300 yards and four touchdowns and Texas A&M overcame a slow start for a win over Rice.
The victory gives the Aggies a 3-0 record for the first time since 2010.
No. 10 LSU 31, Louisiana-Monroe 0: In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Darrel Williams ran for two touchdowns, fellow freshman Leonard Fournette added another, and No. 10 LSU posted its second-straight shutout, beating Louisiana-Monroe.