South Carolina was outmanned in a 45-16 loss to Georgia on Saturday as Luke Doty got his first start at quarterback for the Gamecocks.

Georgia rushed for 332 yards, and Georgia QB JT Daniels was only 10-for-16 passing for 139 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, mustered just 83 rushing yards, and were 4-for-13 on third down.

South Carolina wraps up the regular season next week at Kentucky.

Here is some of what interim coach Mike Bobo shared with the media after the game:

  • Hats off to UGA
  • Georgia was too strong for them upfront on the offensive line, opened up a lot of running room, can build around Doty’s competitiveness and leadership.
  • Not sure how serious the injury is to Ernest Jones, was hurt early and tried to go in the first half, ruled out for second half.
  • His guys played for 60 minutes, didn’t look at the scoreboard, can’t say enough about Nick Muse, he’s made of the right stuff, it’s important to him.
  • Bobo on a post-game talk with Luke Doty: “You don’t lack confidence and that’s part of being a great player. You’re going to be a damn good player because you’re not scared.”
  • “Nick Muse is made of the right stuff. He’s what you want as a Gamecock, because he cares. It’s important to him.”
  • Bobo says the coaches were lamenting on the headsets when Harris was stopped on the short run, then he surged to convert.
  • Bobo’s message to the team about the nearly 20 guys who were out tonight (not including opt outs): nothing in life is gonna be perfect. Says being a man is about how your respond to things. “Those kids are gonna be better off for it.”
  • Bobo has told the team they need to take more ownership and leadership. Points to Doty talking to the team after the game and how that’s a good sign.
  • Says Fenwick tested positive for COVID. Doesn’t know the protocols, but says “more than likely” he and Enagbare are out next week, too.

H/T David Cloninger, SportsTalkSC, Ben Breiner, Mike Uva.