The Cardinal defense continued to dominate so far this season, as they have now allowed just 13 points in the first two games combined. That includes not allowing a touchdown in the past seven quarters, as they also held USC to their lowest point total since they were shut out by Washington in November of 1997. The Cardinal allowed 10 points and a first-quarter touchdown last week against San Diego State.
Love's performance helps him bounce back from a 29-yard performance in Week 1, as the Heisman hopeful showed exactly why he is just that. Their defense got going with a strip sack that set up K.J. Costello's lone touchdown pass to Colby Parkinson. Trojans QB J.T. Daniels threw for 215 yards but had two interceptions, both of which were by Malik Antoine.
Meanwhile, the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs had no issues in their conference opener, rolling past No. 24 South Carolina, 41-17, on the road. Jake Fromm threw for 194 yards and a touchdown, while Georgia got touchdowns from all three of their running backs on the day. The Gamecocks never got going against the Bulldogs' defense, suffereing their first loss and dropping their fourth straight against their conference rivals.
Fromm completed 15 of his 18 passes, including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman. D'Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, and Brian Herrien all found the end zone, as they took over for Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, who are both now in the NFL. As a team, the Bulldogs outrushed the Gamecocks, 271-54, improving to 2-0 on the season.
South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, but did have two interceptions against him in the loss. That helped Georgia get out to a 21-0 lead, and the Bulldogs would continue to pull away with 21 points in the third quarter. They will be back home next week against Middle Tennessee, while South Carolina looks to bounce back at home against Marshall.