By Rixon Lane
To celebrate the 30-year anniversary of the first 10-win season in Gamecock football history, we will be recapping each of South Carolina's games during the 1984 season. On this day, September 29th, the Gamecocks hosted the Bulldogs of Georgia.
FIRST QUARTER: "Crank up the car, we're going on a drive"
South Carolina wins the toss and the 12th-ranked Bulldogs will receive. Georgia begins from the 30 and on 3rd-and-2, linebacker Paul Vogel makes the stop. Bulldogs punt.
The Gamecock offense takes over at its own 20 and begins to dissect the Bulldog defense. 11-yard completion to Quinton Lewis, gains of three and 14 for Allen Mitchell, another Lewis completion for nine, Lewis runs for four, completion to Thomas Dendy for 11, Lewis carries for two, Chris Corley makes a six-yard catch, option to Lewis for one, Mitchell runs for 12, Dendy scampers for two, Mitchell carries for three and finally punches it in from two yards out. Gamecocks take a 7-0 lead after a 13-play, 80-yard drive.
The Bulldogs start a drive of their own from the Georgia 29. On 4th-and-1 from the Gamecock 41, the 'Dawgs roll the dice and pick up the first down. A personal foul against South Carolina aids the Bulldogs, as they move to the three-yard line. On a third down, the Bulldogs fumble and Jimmy Harrell falls on the ball in the end zone for a Georgia touchdown. However, an illegal motion penalty negates the score and he Bulldogs settle for a 25-yard field goal from Kevin Butler. 7-3 Gamecocks, 1:54 to go in the quarter.
Raynard Brown returns the ensuing kickoff to the Gamecock 48 and a face mask penalty against Georgia gives South Carolina the ball at the Bulldog 47. The Gamecocks pick up a 17-yard run from Kent Hagood and the first quarter ends with South Carolina leading 7-3.
SECOND QUARTER: "Finish them!"
The Gamecocks reach the Georgia 12, but the Bulldog defense stiffens. On 3rd-and-6 from the Georgia eight-yard line, Mitchell's pass is broken up and Scott Hagler connects on a 25-yard field goal. 10-3 South Carolina, 12:14 left in the half.
Both offenses trade three-and-outs and the Gamecock defense forces yet another punt. The defense is giving the South Carolina offense plenty of chances to put this game away. Sound familiar?
The Gamecocks drive to midfield, where a Bulldog pass interference penalty puts the ball on the Georgia 37. South Carolina then self-implodes with a six-yard loss, no gain on a draw, and a seven-yard sack. Gamecocks punt it away.
Georgia's offense appears it's finally ready to break through. At the Gamecock 35, Todd Williams finds Herman Archie for a 33-yard gain. On the next play, Williams fumbles and Vogel recovers for the Gamecocks at the two-yard line.
With time winding down in the first half, the Gamecocks try to add to their lead. Mitchell leads the Gamecocks to their own 39, but is intercepted with three seconds left at the Bulldog 45. Georgia will take one last shot at the end zone.
Or not. They're lining up for a 71-yard field goal. Butler's attempt is, surprisingly, short. South Carolina goes to the locker room with a 10-3 lead over the 12th-ranked Bulldogs.
THIRD QUARTER: "Does anyone want to win?"
South Carolina doesn't want anyone leaving early. After a 34-yard completion to Bill Bradshaw on the second play of the half, Raynard Brown fumbles. Georgia football. Ugh.
Georgia's offense can't capitalize on anything. The Bulldogs drive to midfield and South Carolina jumps offsides on a 3rd-and-seven. Dawgs promptly lose fives yards on 3rd-and-two. Punt.
OHMYGOSHSTOPFUMBLING. On the third play of the series, Mitchell pitches the ball behind Lewis and Georgia has the ball at the Gamecock 24.
Wow. Three plays, seven yards, and Butler misses a 34-yard field goal. This is the same guy they asked to hit a 71-yarder before halftime.
Three-and-out for the Gamecocks. Remember that 13-play drive to open the game? Good times.
Here come the Bulldogs. Georgia marches 68 yards in eight plays, as Williams finds Jimmy Hockaday for a 17-yard touchdown. 10-10 tie with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter.
One-yard run, incompletion, illegal procedure, incompletion, punt for South Carolina. Offense is stuck in…what's worse than neutral? Georgia ball at their own 49.
The Gamecock defense refusing to let this game get away. Chris Major intercepts a bomb from Williams at the South Carolina 15.
Mike Hold comes in at quarterback to hand the ball off to Hagood on a one-yard run. Mitchell comes in and pitches the ball away for a loss of nine, then watches as the offense gets called for delay of game. Hold comes back with the ball on the South Carolina four-yard line and punts on 3rd-and-21. The quarterback's kick goes 66 yards and Georgia returns it to the Bulldog 41.
The third quarter comes to an end with Bulldogs facing 3rd-and-10 from their own 41 with South Carolina and Georgia knotted up at 10-10.
FOURTH QUARTER: "Hold is bold."
Georgia punts and South Carolina has a chance to grab a lead early in the fourth.
Mike Hold is still in at quarterback, but can't get the Gamecocks over midfield. South Carolina punts.
Three-and-out from the Bulldogs. South Carolina's defense is doing everything they can to win this game.
South Carolina takes over at their own 22. Hold takes them to the 32, then uncorks a 62-yard toss to Ira Hillary. Two plays later, Hold sneaks in from the one-yard line to give South Carolina a 17-10 lead. 8:04 left on the clock.
Georgia's offense is still stalled out. The Bulldogs punt from their own 35 and South Carolina takes over at the 20 with 6:06 to go in the game.
The Gamecocks have a huge 3rd-and-seven from their own 36, but Hagood only picks up four yards. Georgia will have one last chance with 3:15 to go.
Starting at the Bulldog 25, Williams completes a pass for two yards. His next throw is broken up by Bryant Gilliard. On 3rd-and-8, Williams is sacked and Georgia punts from its own 25.
South Carolina needs to pick up at least one first down. The Gamecocks lose seven on first down. But on 2nd-and-17 from their own 33, Kent Hagood goes off right tackle for 33 yards and a Gamecock first down. The Gamecocks run out the clock and South Carolina has its first win over a ranked team in nine tries.
South Carolina 17 Georgia 10
P.S. The Bulldogs would win five straight after the loss to South Carolina and go 7-4 in the regular season. Georgia would go to the Citrus Bowl and tie Florida State. Next week, the Gamecocks host Kansas State for Homecoming. The Wildcats enter with a record of 1-3.