SOUTH CAROLINA (1-0)
Game: South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10. The Gamecocks jumped in front by scoring 17 points on their first three possessions and came up with a big turnover by recovering a muffed punt when it looked as if the visiting Tar Heels might be getting something going in the second quarter. The Gamecocks held the Heels to just 99 yards rushing while pounding out 228 on the ground. The game was delayed for an hour and 44 minutes in the fourth quarter because of the threat of lightning in the area.
Takeaway: The No. 6 Gamecocks took care of business with the win. While a loss would not have hurt them in their bid to win the SEC Eastern Division, it would have been a blow to their chances of eventually earning an at-large BCS bowl bid.
There almost was another-day-at-the-office feel about the game for the Gamecocks. The defense pretty much kept things under control, limiting the Heels to just 293 yards in total offense, and the offense showed a big-strike capability.
QB Connor Shaw hit WR Shaq Roland for a 65-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the game, and TB Mike Davis scored on a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
-- Junior QB Dylan Thompson was in for only one play, but he made it pay. With Shaw going to the sidelines after taking a hard hit on a run, Thompson threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to WR Kane Whitehurst late in the first quarter to give the Gamecocks a 17-0 lead. He had 10 touchdown passes in 2012.
-- Senior DE Jadeveon Clowney got plenty of attention from North Carolina, but at times also seemed winded on the hot, humid evening. He had three tackles overall and didn't have a sack, though he was credited with three "quarterback hurries."
Next: At Georgia, Sept. 7.