ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia fans had been anxiously waiting for their quarterback to light up the stat sheet. They didn't need it to be a record-setting performance or anything, but they got it.
Greyson Lambert set the NCAA record for completion percentage in a game by completing 24 of 25 passes (96 percent) for a career-high 330 yards with three touchdowns in No. 7 Georgia's 52-20 rout of overmatched South Carolina (1-2, 0-2 SEC). Greyson also set a school record by completing 20 passes in a row. The previous school record was 19, held by Mike Bobo. And the 52 points are the most Georgia (3-0, 2-0) has ever scored against a Steve Spurrier-coached team.
Entering the game, Lambert hadn't thrown for more than 141 yards in either of the Bulldogs' first two games. He had 190 yards by halftime.
It wasn't like Lambert beat this defense with much of a real downfield passing game, either. He methodically carved up the Gamecocks with short and intermediate passes and watched his receiving threats do the rest. Malcolm Mitchell proved to be his favorite target of the night, catching eight passes for 122 yards and one touchdown.
Georgia's defense was utterly dominant, holding the Gamecocks to just 258 total yards of offense. It was the first time South Carolina had been held under 300 yards since registering 293 yards in a 24-7 win over Wofford on Nov. 17, 2012.
What the win means for Georgia: The Bulldogs now sit atop the SEC Eastern Division with a 2-0 conference/division record. After watching Missouri slosh through an incredibly ugly 9-6 win over UConn, it’s clear that the East is Georgia’s to lose. Tennessee will certainly challenge the Dawgs, but Georgia has the best combinations of offense, defense and special teams on this side of the division.
What the loss means for South Carolina: The Gamecocks are now essentially three games behind Georgia in the SEC East standings. South Carolina’s offense was stagnant all night, and the defense surrendered 576 yards and 9.1 yards per play. The Gamecocks are in a very deep hole in their division and have to find answers for a defense that continues to sputter and an offense that lacked any sort of bit against the Bulldogs.
Unsung hero: Lambert was great, but let’s not forget the work that Nick Chubb and Sony Michel put in. Chubb led all rushers with 159 yards and had two touchdowns, while Michel had 83 total yards of offense (averaging 7.5 yards per play) and three total touchdowns.
Stat of the game: With his 159 yards, Chubb has now rushed for 100-plus yards in 11 straight games.