COLUMBIA, S.C. – Mike Davis ran 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson each threw long scoring passes and All-American Jadeveon Clowney helped No. 6 South Carolina’s defense hold North Carolina to its lowest point total under Coach Larry Fedora in a 27-10 victory Thursday night.
The game was delayed nearly two hours in the fourth quarter by rain. The Gamecocks were already in control by that then.
Clowney did not have a sack and finished with three first-half tackles.
The Tar Heels’ fast-paced offense wore him down and forced him to the sideline for several pit stops, yet he and defense mostly hemmed in the Tar Heels’ fast-paced attack. Shaw and Thompson ended things early as South Carolina led 17-0 in the opening quarter.
Shaw found Shaq Roland for a 65-yard touchdown on the game’s third play. Thompson threw a 29-yard TD to Kane Whitehurst later in the quarter.
INDIANA 73, INDIANA STATE 35: Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more TDs in a record-breaking victory at Bloomington, Ind.
The Hoosiers (1-0) scored 45 points in the first half, their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 points Nebraska scored in 1978.
WAKE FOREST 31, PRESBYTERIAN 7: Tanner Price accounted for two touchdowns, redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams had 143 yards receiving and Wake Forest forced six turnovers in a season-opening win at Winston-Salem, N.C.
TOWSON 33, CONNECTICUT 18: Towson running back Terrance West ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and the Tigers won for the first time against an opponent from the bowl subdivision, upsetting Connecticut at East Hartford, Conn.
FORDHAM 51, RHODE ISLAND 26: Michael Nebrich threw for four touchdowns, completing 17 of 25 pass attempts for 267 yards, to lead the Rams to a win at New York.
USC: Cody Kessler started at quarterback for No. 24 Southern California in its opener against Hawaii.
USC’s athletic department tweeted less than two hours before game time that Kessler would start Thursday night.
Kessler is expected to split time with fellow sophomore Max Wittek, who is more experienced with two starts for the Trojans at the end of last season.
KENT STATE: Star running back Dri Archer was knocked out of the Golden Flashes’ 17-10 opening game win against Liberty with a leg injury.
Archer, who was being promoted by the school as a Heisman Trophy candidate, was on the sideline with a protective boot on his left foot during the second half.
COLBY: Mike Coyne has rejoined the football program as an assistant coach.
Coyne coached the Mules’ wide receivers from 2009 to 2011 before taking a position as a pro scouting coordinator with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles last season.
Coyne will coach Colby’s running backs this season.
David Beriau was named the head men’s lacrosse coach at St. Joseph’s College.
Beriau was most recently a graduate assistant at UMass-Dartmouth, helping the Corsairs go 20-11 over two years. He was an assistant coach at Colby in 2011.