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      Georgia beats South Carolina in SEC Football Opener

      South Carolina falls to a 1-1 record after a 41-30 loss to Georgia.

      ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the 11th-ranked Bulldogs defeated No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 on Saturday for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East.

      Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national title.

      Murray took care of that, turning in one of the best games of his career and shaking off his reputation as a quarterback who couldn't win the big game. The fifth-year senior capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) with an 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining.

      The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1.

      Davis led the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries.

      The Gamecocks and Bulldogs combined for 990 total yards. Lake City product Shon Carson had kickoff return yards for the Gamecocks.

      A crowd of 92,746 watched the game at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia.

      South Carolina returns to action next week at home at Williams-Brice Stadium hosting Vanderbilt. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.