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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The game between No. 9 Georgia and South Carolina resumed after a 52-minute delay because of heavy rain and lightning at Williams-Brice Stadium.

It was the first such stoppage here since Sept. 9, 1972 when lightning knocked out a transformer close the stadium during a 24-16 Virginia victory over the Gamecocks.

Officials sent both teams to the lockerroom with 9:24 to go in the opening quarter. Georgia was ahead 3-0 on Billy Bennett’s 22-yard field goal, set up on a 52-yard pass from David Greene to Fred Gibson.

Power was briefly lost in parts of the sold-out stadium.

The system was the front edge of Tropical Storm Hanna, which was expected to move through the Carolinas all weekend.

Once the skies cleared, both teams ran back on the field and were given about 15 minutes to warm up.

The contest was broadcast nationally by CBS Sports.