South Carolina was able to take down Missouri to win its home SEC opener 31-10 at Williams-Brice Stadium. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0) will play this season did over the weekend.
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will surely relay his displeasure in Saturday's 48-3 beating at the hands of Georgia in practice this week as his Commodores squad prepares for Missouri this weekend
Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 1-3, 0-2
Up next: Missouri
Maybe James Franklin doesn’t have the Vanderbilt program quite to the level many thought. The Commodores marched into Sanford Stadium and crawled out battered and bruised after a 48-3 thumping at the hands of Georgia. Quarterback Aaron Murray hit Tavarres King from 22 yards out early in the second quarter to give the Bulldogs a three-touchdown lead and the home side never looked back. The Commodores moved the football a little bit gaining 337 yards and only turned the ball over once but the Bulldogs just proved to be night-and-day better than the SEC East’s media darling.
Carolina 48 - ECU 10: September 8; Columbia
Up next: UTEP
East Carolina, which was once thought to be a very good offensive team, was shut down in the second half in a 27-6 defeat at the hands of North Carolina. The Pirates only had 233 yards of total offense, including 124 through the air, as the Tar Heels were able to level their record at .500. ECU quarterback Shane Carden, who has replaced Rio Johnson as the starter, was 17-of-30 but for only 124 yards without a touchdown pass. The Pirates have only found the end zone in two of their last 12 quarters of football and are now 112th nationally in total points averaging 18.8 points per game.
Carolina 49 - UAB 6: September 15, 2012
Up next: at Tulsa
Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips, a former USC assistant, will prepare for No. 6 South Carolina this week for perhaps the last time as a Wildcat coach
Poor UAB had the toughest two-week schedule in the country. After being embarrassed by South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium, the Blazers took to Ohio Stadium to match wits with Ohio State. While UAB was able to hang tough in the first half, OSU quarterback Braxton Miller took control rushed for a touchdown and threw another late in the second quarter en route to a 29-15 victory. Backup quarterback Austin Brown ran the offense most of the game but the Blazers were unable to find the end zone with their only touchdown coming off of a blocked punt and return. Fortunately for coach Garrick McGee, the Blazers’ schedule will ease up a bit as they enter Conference USA play.
Carolina 31 - Missouri 10: September 22
Record: 2-2, 0-2
Up next: at Vanderbilt
Missouri started out slow and never could get going as it was curb-stomped 31-10, which wasn’t as close as the score indicates. The Tigers and quarterback James Franklin never got untracked and the Gamecocks marched up and down the field on the back of Connor Shaw’s 20-of-21 day passing. Saturday was the first SEC road game for Missouri, there was a crowd contingent for the Black and Gold, but the team never really showed up.
Plays Carolina: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Record: 1-3, 0-2
Up next: South Carolina
Kentucky’s ugly season didn’t get any better on Saturday as Florida continued its dominance in the rivalry beating the Wildcats 38-0 in The Swamp. The Wildcats, coming off a home loss to Western Kentucky, could manage only 219 yards of total offense. Quarterback Morgan Newton was just 7-of-21 for 48 yards and three interceptions in the game. Freshman Jalen Whitlow entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed 1-of-6 passes for 12 yards. It’s a trying time for the Wildcats and it doesn’t get any easier with No. 7 South Carolina coming to town next week.
Plays Carolina: October 6; Columbia
Record: 4-0, 2-0
Up next: Tennessee
Shaw wasn’t the only quarterback with a nice string of receptions on Saturday. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray completed his first 12 passes in a 48-3 throttling of Vanderbilt on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium. Murray finished the evening 18-of-24 in the game for 250 yards and two scores. Running back Todd Gurley rushed 16 times for 130 yards and two scores, which was good enough to earn 247Sports National Freshman of the Week honors. After a quick tune-up, the Bulldogs now take on the Volunteers in a rivalry game that will affect the SEC East race. Will the Vols be out of it completely or will Georgia lose its undefeated record? The 3:30 p.m. CBS kickoff will be a nice appetizer to Saturday night’s main event, or something, between Carolina and Kentucky.
Plays Carolina: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Record: 4-0, 1-0
Up next: Townson
While it wasn’t pretty, it was effective. LSU kicked a late field goal and held on to a 12-10 victory over Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night to keep its record perfect. What it couldn’t do was hold on to its No. 2 spot in the polls as the Tigers dropped a spot after the ugly victory. On another note, the Tigers play Townson this weekend. When does SEC play get going for them again? The gauntlet is forthcoming but it feels like each week the Tigers host an intramural team.
Plays Carolina: October 20; Gainesville, Fla.
Record: 4-0, 3-0
Up next: BYE
Death, taxes, and Florida beating Kentucky in football are the only three things assured in life. The Gators knocked off their Eastern Division opposition for the 24th straight time in a 38-0 affair that was sloppy early but beautiful late in the eyes of Florida. Running back Mike Gillislee jump-started the offense with the first touchdown of the game with 12 minutes remaining in the first half, the defense posted a touchdown, and a 19-yard pass from Jeff Driskel punctuated a three-touchdown second quarter. The Gators put the game on cruise control from that point forward as Driskel completed 18-of-27 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown, and an interception.
Plays Carolina: October 27; Columbia
Record: 3-1, 1-1
Up next: at Georgia
In a game that, as Lee Corso would say was closer than the experts think, Tennessee out-scored Akron 24-3 in the second half to coast to a 47-26 victory. The Zips were locked in a tie ball game at halftime but quarterback Tyler Bray passed for 401 yards and Rajion Neal rushed for 151 yards to spur a second half offensive attack to help the Volunteers move to 3-1 on the season.
Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Record: 1-3, 0-1
Up next: at Texas A&M
Poor, poor Arkansas. The Razorbacks’ season continues to spiral out of control with a 35-26 home loss to Rutgers even with starting quarterback Tyler Wilson back in the lineup. Wilson, who made comments about the effort level of his team after last week’s embarrassing defeat to Alabama, was 20-of-39 passing for 419 yards and three touchdowns but he also threw two interceptions. Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova was on point hitting on 25-of-35 passes for 397 yards but he tossed five touchdowns and didn’t turn the ball over. The Arkansas defense couldn’t make a stand allowing 525 yards of total offense while the Scarlet Knights had four straight three-and-outs in the first half, which helped them to a two-score lead that they would never relinquish.
Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
The Terriers had the week off.
Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Up next: at Boston College
ESPN’s College Game Day was on site in Tallahassee, Fla. and it was the biggest game of the weekend from a national perspective. Both offenses could not be slowed down, let alone stopped, in the early going but Florida State finally found a few stops to lead to a 49-37 victory over Clemson. The Seminoles had 667 yards of offense while quarterback EJ Manuel accounted for 482 yards of total offense by himself. Florida State out-scored its opposition 35-3 over a 20-minute stretch during the second half to put the game out of reach. Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was 20-of-36 passing for 237 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception.
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