COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- South Carolina's increasing problem with turnovers kept the Gamecocks from another victory over rival Georgia.
Andrew Pinnock committed his second fumble with 12 seconds remaining as the 10th-ranked Bulldogs held on for a 13-7 victory over the Gamecocks in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
South Carolina committed seven turnovers, including six fumbles, in last week's loss to Virginia as it fell out of the rankings for the first time since 2000. The Gamecocks turned the ball over four times Saturday as they failed to record their first three-game winning streak over the Bulldogs.
South Carolina's Corey Jenkins led a 60-yard drive late in the game that brought the Gamecocks to the Georgia 2. Pinnock fumbled Jenkins' pitch on fourth down and Bulldogs safety Thomas Davis recovered the ball at the two-yard line.
"We were running the option and the guy came off the edge quickly," Pinnock said. "I should have been expecting the pitch to come when it did. I dropped the pitch and we lost the game."
"I didn't anticipate the number of turnovers South Carolina made and I certainly didn't anticipate them turning it over on that last play," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I don't know what would have happened had they not fumbled on their last play. I was just hoping we'd get it."
Georgia (2-0) escaped with its first victory over South Carolina since 1999.
Defensive end David Pollack gave Georgia a 10-0 lead with 14 minutes left in the game when he hit Jenkins in the end zone as he attempted to pass. Pollack grabbed the ball off Jenkins' hand in the end zone for his first career interception.
"Pollock beat a lineman and a back," said Richt, who is 5-0 on the road with Georgia. "He blocked the pass and brought it down for a touchdown. You can't ask for a better play from a player. I've never seen a play like that."
But South Carolina responded with a 65-yard drive capped by Jenkins' 25-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Brewer with 12:21 remaining.
Billy Bennett kicked a 25-yard field goal with 2:54 remaining to give the Bulldogs a 13-7 advantage.
Georgia's David Greene bounced back from last week's poor performance and completed 11-of-19 passes for 169 yards. D.J. Shockley also was used and did not complete any of his three attempts.
Musa Smith had a career-high 27 carries for 103 yards for the Bulldogs.
"We have been playing games as a team and have been getting it done," Greene said. "We have seen the defense that Carolina plays before, but they played it so well that we struggled with it today. We were in some tough situations today, we had some missed assignments, but we somehow were able to make it through. It feels really good to win here."
Brewer caught seven passes for 106 yards as Georgia gained 297 offensive yards.
Jenkins finished 14-of-24 for 180 yards and rushed for 101 yards on 17 carries. He also threw an interception.
"The way we played was tremendous," Jenkins said. "We can't get it to go our way, but tonight we showed a lot of guts. We have to take the good with the bad and hopefully soon it'll go our way."
"I feel sorry for Andrew," South Carolina coach Lou Holtz said. "He was involved with three (fumbles). Where do we go from here? This was a heartbreaker. This was hard."
Georgia took a 3-0 lead on its opening drive after Bennett kicked a 22-yard field goal, but play was halted with 9:24 remaining due to rain and lightning. The delay lasted 52 minutes before the teams returned to the field.
Neither team scored again until the fourth quarter. South Carolina's Daniel Weaver missed a game-tying 37-yard field goal with 2:36 left in the first half.