Around college football: Clowney quiet in opening victory for South Carolina
Brandon Wilds of South Carolina breaks free from North Carolina linebacker Travis Hughes for a first down during the second half.
No. 6 South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10: Mike Davis ran 75 yards for a touchdown last night, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson each threw long scoring passes, and Jadeveon Clowney helped host South Carolina’s defense limit North Carolina to its lowest point total in coach Larry Fedora’s two seasons.
Clowney did not have a sack and finished with three first-half tackles. The Tar Heels forced him to the sideline for several pit stops, yet he and the defense mostly hemmed in the Tar Heels’ offense.
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.
LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
Bowling Green 34, Tulsa 7: William Houston gained only 29 yards on 10 carries, but he scored three touchdowns on 1-yard runs to lead host Bowling Green.
Ryan Burbrink also scored on a 67-yard punt return, and Tyler Tate made two first-half field goals for the Falcons. Matt Johnson completed 11 of 23 passes for 151 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, and Travis Greene was the leading rusher with 88 yards on 22 carries.
The Falcons kept the Golden Hurricane out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter.
Kent State 17, Liberty 10: Colin Reardon threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Chris Humphrey late in the fourth quarter to help host Kent State avoid an upset in the debut of coach Paul Haynes. The Golden Flashes mostly played without running back Dri Archer, being promoted as a Heisman Trophy contender, who suffered a leg injury early in the game. He had 10 yards on three carries.
Central Florida 38, Akron 7: Blake Bortles had three touchdown passes and a career-high passing 314 yards for host Central Florida. Akron has lost 10th straight games dating to last season.
Minnesota 51, UNLV 23: Marcus Jones returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown, one of two scores on special teams for the host Golden Gophers.
Indiana 73, Indiana State 35: Nate Sudfeld threw four touchdown passes, and Tevin Coleman rushed for 169 yards and two more TDs for host Indiana. It was the most points for the Hoosiers since they started keeping records in 1949.
Towson 33, Connecticut 18: Terrance West rushed for two touchdowns, and Towson of the Football Championship Subdivision upset Connecticut in its debut game as a member of the American Athletic Conference.