Know your foe: Week 3 results

South Carolina was able to take down UAB to win its final non-conference tune-up 49-6. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0) will play this season did over the weekend.

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was 14-of-20 in the game for 219 yards and two touchdowns without turning the ball over in his team's 37-20 victory over Tennessee on Saturday evening

Vanderbilt

Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 1-2
Up next: at Georgia at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN2

The Commodores finally got on the right side of the ledger with a 58-0 thumping of Presbyterian at home on Saturday afternoon at Vanderbilt Stadium. An opponent from the FCS was just what Vanderbilt needed to get its season jumpstarted after a home loss to South Carolina and road loss to Northwestern. Running back Zac Stacy had a big night at the ballpark rushing for 174 yards against the Blue Hose to help new starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels to his first victory in his first career start.

East Carolina

Carolina 48 - ECU 10: September 8; Columbia
Record: 1-2
Up next: at North Carolina at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ESPNU

East Carolina went on the road and picked up a big victory against former South Carolina assistant Ellis Johnson and his Southern Miss squad. The Pirates took a 24-14 victory out of Hattiesburg, Miss. under new starting quarterback Shane Carden. Carden passed for one touchdown and ran for another as the Pirates went on a 21-0 third-quarter run to win their Conference USA opener.

Alabama-Birmingham

Plays Carolina: September 15; Columbia
Record: 0-2
Up next: at South Carolina

Kentucky coach Joker Phillips

UAB got off to a great start in the game returning the opening kickoff 53 yards and deep into South Carolina territory. The drive resulted in a field goal and, after a South Carolina turnover, had the ball in position to score again. That’s when things fell apart as D.J. Swearinger returned a fumble 65 yards for a touchdown. The Gamecocks went on to rout the Blazers 48-6 in a crowd of just over 77,000 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Missouri

Plays Carolina: September 22,; Columbia, S.C.
Record: 2-1
Up next: at South Carolina at 3:30 p.m. on CBS

Backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser started and played the entire way in Missouri’s 24-20 victory at home over Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers had to replace James Franklin, who is nursing an elbow injury, for the first time in 15 games and Berkstresser completed 21-of-41 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown in the game. Missouri built a 17-0 lead in the first half and was able to hang on late in the game behind Kendial Lawrence’s two-touchdown performance.

Kentucky

Plays Carolina: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Record: 1-2
Up next: at Florida at 12:21 p.m. EDT on SEC Network

Is the Joker Phillips firing watch on already? In-state, uh, rival Western Kentucky entered Commonwealth Stadium and jumped out to an early 17-0 lead. Kentucky scored the final two touchdowns of the game to force overtime at 24-24 and, after swapping touchdowns, WKU elected to go for the victory in the first overtime. Head coach Willie Taggart drew up a double pass on the two-point conversion try and it was successful to give the Hilltoppers a 32-31 victory over the SEC school whose football program is eroding. The announced attendance of just over 53,000 was the smallest home crowd at UK since the final home game of the 2006 season.

Georgia

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley

Plays Carolina: October 6; Columbia
Record: 3-0
Up next: vs. Vanderbilt at 7:45 p.m. EDT on ESPN2

After being locked in a battle most of the way against Missouri the week before, Georgia had a bit of a breathe-easy game defeating Florida Atlantic 56-20 on Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs racked up a school record 713 yards of total offense against the Owls, which included a career high 342 yards passing by Aaron Murray on 14-of-19 attempts. He threw three touchdowns and had one interception. Running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley both rushed for over 100 yards, averaged over 10.0 yards per carry, and scored a touchdown in the romp.

LSU

Plays Carolina: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Record: 3-0
Up next: at Auburn at 7 p.m. on ESPN

LSU played one more tune-up game before entering the SEC season in full force and dispatched Idaho 63-14 on Saturday night at Tigers Stadium. The defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns and quarterback Zack Mettenberg was an efficient 17-of-22 for 222 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill each had a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Tigers, which will travel to Auburn next weekend for its first SEC game of the season.

Florida

Plays Carolina: October 20; Gainesville, Fla.
Record: 3-0
Up next: vs. Kentucky at 12:21 p.m. EDT on SEC Network

For the second straight week, Florida hit the road for a tough SEC contest. For the second straight week, Florida walked out victorious with a 37-20 victory over Tennessee. The Gators have now won eight straight games against their SEC East rivals by outscoring the Volunteers 27-6 in the second half. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was 14-of-20 in the game for 219 yards and two touchdowns without turning the ball over. Running back Mike Gillislee carried the ball 18 times for 115 yards, which included a 45-yard scamper. Do-it-all player Trey Burton had three rushes for 91 yards and two scores to help the Gators up to No. 14 in the rankings.

Tennessee

Plays Carolina: October 27; Columbia
Record: 2-1
Up next: vs. Akron at 7:30 p.m. EDT on CSS

The futility against Florida continues. Tennessee started out strong and took a lead into halftime but dropped its eighth straight game to the Gators 37-20 after being dominated in the second half. Quarterback Tyler Bray was 22-of-44 for 257 yards and two touchdowns but he also threw his first pair of interceptions of the season as the Volunteers go spiraling out of the polls the week after entering them.

Arkansas

Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Record: 1-2
Up next: vs. Rutgers at 7 p.m. EDT on ESPNU

After one of the most humiliating losses in Arkansas history, the Razorbacks came back a week later with another laugher. Alabama, the top-ranked team in the country, disposed of the Hogs in Fayetteville 52-0. Quarterback Tyler Wilson, who did not play, called out the team’s effort level after the loss in which the team was held scoreless for the first time since 1966. The home loss was the first for the Razorbacks since the 2010 season, which also came against Alabama.

Wofford

Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
Record: 3-0
Up next: BYE

The Terriers continue to run wild on their opponents racking up 590 yards on the ground in a 49-20 victory over Western Carolina. Three different players had over 100 yards as the team combined for seven rushing touchdowns in the game against the Catamounts. The total of 590 rushing yards were the second most in school history and only five yards behind the record of 595 yards against Charleston Southern in 1994. Wofford had 5 yards passing in the game.

Clemson

Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Record: 3-0
Up next: at Florida State at 8 p.m. on ABC

Clemson welcomed back Sammy Watkins to the lineup with a 51-7 victory over Furman at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers put up 498 yards of total offense and quarterback Tajh Boyd had a 20-for-29 day for 310 yards and two touchdowns. Coming off a two-game suspension for an offseason arrest, Watkins had a 58-yard touchdown run and also caught four passes for 52 yards. The Paladins racked up 352 yards of total offense but only found the end zone once as their record dropped to 0-3 on the season.

Notes from the weekend

Tony Morrell’s thoughts on the UAB game
Official visit update on hoops prospect Desmond Ringer
Gamecocks have a shot at top in-state and UGA WR commit Tramel Terry
Another ‘wait-and-see’ week ahead
Gamecocks land elite JUCO outfielder

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