It took a while, but we finally saw a true College Football Playoff team suffer a big upset. South Carolina, a 23.5-point underdog during the week, took down Georgia in Athens. The Gamecocks sealed the win despite losing starting quarterback Ryan Hilinski during the game.
The freshman was off to a solid start and had the Gamecocks up 17-10, when a late hit knocked him out of the game. Dakereon Joyner, a third-string freshman to start the year, came on in relief to finish the game.
The two teams went to overtime after a late missed field goal by South Carolina’s Parker White, and a failed heave by Jake Fromm. Fromm was picked off to start overtime, but South Carolina couldn’t seal it in the first go-around, with another White miss.
He converted his kick in the second overtime to put South Carolina up 20-17. Georgia’s vaunted kicker Rodrigo Blankenship couldn’t match him, missing what would have been a game-tying 42 yard attempt, to give the Gamecocks the huge upset.
It is the biggest upset win of the year, aside from maybe Georgia State at Tennessee, but the Vols have proven to be a pretty bad team overall, while UGA still has College Football Playoff aspirations.
Moments after the miss, cameras found the injured Ryan Hilinski on the sideline. He threw up the “three” hand gesture that he does to honor his brother, the late Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, in euphoria.
— The Real USC (@BarstoolUofSC) October 12, 2019
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— Brian Floyd (@BrianMFloyd) October 12, 2019
Hilinski wears his brother’s No. 3, and the Gamecocks fan base has done a remarkable job of rallying around the true freshman signal caller, and have adopted the three gesture as well.
It is a pretty special moment for Hilinski’s Gamecocks, and seeing him celebrate the team’s win with such joy, after he couldn’t finish the game due to injury, is awesome.