South Carolina was able to take down Vanderbilt to win its season-opener on the road 17-13. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (1-0, 1-0) will play this season did over the weekend.
Florida running back Mike Gillislee who stole the show putting up a plus-100 yard performance with two touchdowns in his team's 27-14 victory over Bowling Green on Saturday.
Plays Carolina: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 0-1, 0-1
Up next: at Northwestern
Vanderbilt was able to hang around throughout the entire game and held a four-quarter lead before South Carolina was able to put together a nine-play, 66-yard touchdown drive. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers was 13-for-23 with a touchdown and an interception in the game.
Plays Carolina: September 8; Columbia
Up next: at South Carolina
East Carolina fell behind early in the game 7-0 to Appalachian State but used its high-powered offense to come back and post a 35-13 victory. The Pirates went ahead 14-7 in the first quarter and never looked back against one of the FCS’ top programs.
Plays Carolina: September 15; Columbia
Up next: at South Carolina
Georgia head coach Mark Richt
Alabama-Birmingham dropped its season-opener at home losing 39-29 to Troy early Saturday afternoon. The Blazers led most of the statistical categories but the Trojans scored a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take the victory. Quarterback Jonathan Perry was 18-of-33 for 317 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception in the game. He found six different receivers in the game with Jackie Williams and Patrick Hearn each notching over 100 yards. The defense, however, allowed 453 yards with 262 of them coming on the ground.
Plays Carolina: September 22,; Columbia, S.C.
Up next: vs. Georgia
The high-flying Missouri offense got off to a quick start scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter en route to a 62-10 win in its first game in the conference. The defense and special teams each chipped in a pair of touchdowns in the thumping of the Lions at Faurot Field. Quarterback James Franklin was 13-of-21 for 131 yards and a touchdown in his season debut. There were eight Tigers with at least one carry with Kendall Lawrence garnering 10 rushes for 121 yards and two scores. The defense held SELU to a 5-of-16 clip on third down and forced four turnovers on the night.
Plays Carolina: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Up next: vs. Kent State
Kentucky hosts Louisville to open their season on Sunday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson
Plays Carolina: October 6; Columbia
Up next: at Missouri
The 45-23 victory for Georgia appears to be lopsided but Buffalo held the game close. The Bulldogs held just a one-score lead at halftime and gave up 347 total yards of offense to the Bulls. Quarterback Aaron Murray was 15-of-26 for 258 yards and three touchdowns while freshman running back Todd Gurley had eight carries for 100 yards and a pair of scores.
Plays Carolina: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Up next: vs. Washington
LSU jumped off to a quick start scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and didn’t look back in its 41-14 win over North Texas to open the 2012 campaign. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was temporarily knocked out of the game but he returned and completed 19-of-26 passes for 192 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in his first action for the Tigers. Two running backs - Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard - each rushed for over 120 yards while receiver Jarvis Landry hauled in eight passes for 82 yards.
Plays Carolina: October 20; Gainesville, Fla.
Up next: at Texas A&M
Florida held off a game Bowling Green squad to eek out a 27-14 victory at The Swamp. Head coach Will Muschamp promised snaps to both quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel but it was running back Mike Gillislee who stole the show putting up a plus-100 yard performance with two touchdowns. Driskel took the majority of the snaps and sealed the victory with a 50-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Frankie Hammond early in the fourth quarter.
Plays Carolina: October 27; Columbia
Up next: vs. Georgia State
Tennessee opened the season with a 35-21 victory over ACC foe N.C. State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga. The Volunteers had a breakout performance from Cordarrelle Patterson, who caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown while fellow playmaker Justin Hunter caught nine passes for 73 yards. Quarterback Tyler Bray was 27-of-41 through the air for 333 yards and a pair of scores to give head coach Derek Dooley a much-needed win to start the season.
Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Up next: vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Jacksonville State jumped out to a 14-7 lead on the road but Arkansas shook off a slow start to win their season-opening game 49-24. Quarterback Tyler Wilson was 16-for-20 for 248 yards and two touchdowns without throwing an interception to start his Heisman trophy campaign. Running back Knile Davis was one of four running backs with a touchdown on the ground. The Gamecocks were able to stay within shouting distance for a while thanks to three lost fumbles by the Razorbacks but the home team was too much to overcome.
Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
Up next: vs. Lincoln Missouri
Wofford went on the road on Saturday night in the season-opener and knocked off Gardner-Webb 34-7 to start the campaign off properly for the triple-option school. The Terriers rushed for 402 yards and held its opposition to only 12 yards on the ground. For Wofford, Eric Breitenstein rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns. In his first career start, Brian Kass was 3-of-7 passing for 82 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. He also had 38 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Up next: vs. Ball State
In what was predominantly a battle of field goals, Clemson came up with the big touchdown when it needed to in its 26-19 victory over Auburn at the Georgia Dome. The Palmetto State Tigers had a brilliant performance from running back Andre Ellington, who rushed 25 times for 228 yards to spur the offense. Quarterback Tajh Boyd completed 24-of-35 passes for 208 yards and a score and also chipped in 58 yards on the ground. Clemson put up 528 yards of total offense compared to 374 for Auburn, which also turned the ball over twice.