As pointed out by the Athens Banner Herald, the game will go down in the history books as the only regular season football game the Bulldogs have played on a Sunday in its more than 120 years as a program.
The matchup was originally set for Saturday night, but the game had to be moved to Sunday due to Hurricane Matthew, which made landfall in South Carolina early Saturday morning.
The week before the game, questions were raised about when and where UGA and USC would play when it became apparent the storm would hit the Palmetto State. On Oct. 5, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said no state troopers would be available to work traffic and security if the game was held in Columbia.
A variety of alternate venues was proposed, including Atlanta’s Georgia Dome and Sanford Stadium in Athens. Ultimately, Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced on Oct. 6 that kickoff would be moved to Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Though battered by wind and rain, South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium remained largely undamaged on Sunday, ready to host the Southeastern Conference battle between Georgia and South Carolina.
Hurricane Matthew disrupted football games across the southeast on Saturday. Heavy rain drenched players in the game between North Carolina State and Notre Dame in Raleigh, while the date between Florida and LSU, to be played in Gainesville, Fla., was postponed indefinitely.
With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. Next, UGA hosts Vanderbilt in Athens on Saturday.
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