South Carolina was able to take down Kentucky to keep its record perfect and bring ESPN College GameDay to town when it hosts Georgia this weekend. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (5-0, 3-0) will play this season did over the weekend.
Two of South Carolina's rivals in the SEC East squared off at Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon with Georgia holding on to a 51-44 victory over Tennessee. The freshman running back duo of Todd Gurley (pictured) and Keith Marshall combined for 294 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.
Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 1-3, 0-2
Up next: at Missouri
Carolina 48 - ECU 10: September 8; Columbia
Up next: @ Central Florida
East Carolina scored a single touchdown in each quarter to grab a 28-18 victory over UTEP at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium and open Conference USA play at 2-0 on the season. Quarterback Shane Carden accounted for three touchdowns running for two and throwing another in the team’s victory. He did, however, throw three interceptions to keep the Miners in the game. Vintavius Cooper rushed for 151 yards and the final ECU touchdown of the game with 4:54 remaining to put the finishing touches on the victory.
Carolina 49 - UAB 6: September 15, 2012
Up next: Southeastern Louisiana
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger
After facing a two-game gauntlet unlike any Conference USA team will face this season, UAB couldn’t get into the win column when the schedule eased up as Tulsa notched a 49-42 victory in Birmingham on Saturday. The Blazers faced No. 8 South Carolina and No. 16 Ohio State in back-to-back weeks before beginning conference play at home against the Golden Hurricane. The visitors came in and 478 yards of total offense and scored one more touchdown than UAB in the final quarter to escape with a shootout victory at Legion Field.
Carolina 31 - Missouri 10: September 22
Record: 2-2, 0-2
Up next: Vanderbilt
Missouri was actually an underdog heading on the road to Central Florida but the newest member of the SEC emerged with a 21-16 victory over the Golden Knights thanks in part to the play of its special teams. Punt returner Marcus Murphy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 14-10 with 7:04 remaining in the third quarter while Kendial Lawrence had a 10-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. Quarterback James Franklin was efficient, going 19 for 30 for 257 yards with a touchdown and an interception but he was able to guide his team to a much-needed road victory.
Carolina 38 - Kentucky 17: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Record: 1-4, 0-3
Up next: No. 20 Mississippi State
Kentucky jumped out to a 17-7 halftime lead over sixth-ranked South Carolina on Saturday night but the Wildcats couldn’t hang on and pull the upset. The Gamecocks rattled off 31 straight points in the second half to notch a 38-17 victory and keep their record perfect with three games against Top 10 opponents looming on the schedule. On the legs of quarterback Connor Shaw and running back Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks rushed for 174 yards in the second half to walk out of Commonwealth Stadium with its 11th straight SEC East division victory.
Georgia running back Keith Marshall
Plays Carolina: October 6; Columbia
Record: 5-0, 3-0
Up next: at South Carolina
“Gur-shall,” the nickname for the freshman running back duo of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and in honor of former Heisman Trophy winner Hershel Walker, combined for five touchdowns and 294 yards rushing in Georgia’s 51-44 victory over Tennessee on Saturday afternoon at Sanford Stadium. The Bulldogs typically put forth a better defensive effort but the offense was able to out-score their border rival 21-7 in the third quarter to break a 30-30 halftime tie and set up a top-six showdown this weekend at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina. Quarterback Aaron Murray was 19-of-25 for 278 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. The Bulldogs have scored 40 or more points in all five of its game this season.
Plays Carolina: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Record: 5-0, 1-0
Up next: at No. 10 Florida
Trailing 9-7 late in the first half, LSU rattled off 24 straight points to take a 38-22 victory over Towson to conclude its non-conference schedule for 2012. The Tigers, again, started slow, which led to another drop in the AP Poll on Sunday afternoon. Despite moving its record to 5-0, the Tigers fell behind Florida State in the new rankings with a battle against No. 10 Florida forthcoming. LSU quarterback-wide receiver tandem Zach Mettenberger and Odell Beckham Jr. connected for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. After a schedule full of cupcakes thus far, the Tigers now begin their real season.
Plays Carolina: October 20; Gainesville, Fla.
Record: 4-0, 3-0
Up next: No. 4 LSU
Plays Carolina: October 27; Columbia
Record: 3-2, 0-2
Up next: BYE
Unranked Tennessee had its hands full going to Sanford Stadium on Saturday and while the Volunteers held their own on offense, the defense let them down in a 51-44 loss to Georgia. The defense gave up 560 yards of total offense, which included a balanced attack of 278 yards through the air and 282 on the ground. The offense had a chance late in the game but quarterback Tyler Bray was stripped by Jordan Jenkins in the pocket and lost the football with 1:22 remaining in the game. The Volunteers scored three consecutive touchdowns to go from down 17 to up three just before halftime but the Bulldogs leveled it at the break with a field goal on the stroke of halftime. Georgia scored three of the next four touchdowns in a span of seven minutes to keep its record perfect and keep the Vols winless in the SEC.
Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Record: 1-4, 0-2
Up next: at Auburn
It just keeps getting worse for Arkansas. The 2012 season continues to spiral out of control after a 58-10 thumping at the hands of Texas A&M at Kyle Field on Saturday afternoon, which gave the Aggies their first victory in Southeastern Conference play. Texas A&M put up a whopping 716 yards of total offense, including 498 yards through the air, in the victory. The Razorbacks’ only touchdown came on a 64-yard pass from Tyler Wilson to Knile Davis with 6:45 remaining in the first quarter. The Hogs followed that TD up with a field goal with :37 left in the first quarter to take a 10-7 lead but the Aggies scored the next 51 points for the victory. Wide receivers Ryan Swope and Thomas Johnson both had over 100 yards receiving for the Aggies. Wilson was 29-of-59 through the air for 373 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions as the preseason Top 10 team nationally isn’t anywhere close to the Top 10 in the SEC.
Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
Up next: Furman
After having last week off, Wofford came back to rattle off its fourth straight victory to start the season with a 49-24 triumph over Southern Conference rival Elon on the road on Saturday afternoon. The teams fought through rainy weather, which played right into the hands of the Terriers ground game. Running back Eric Breitenstein set a new Southern Conference single-game record with 321 rushing yards in the contest as the Terriers ran for a total of 500 yards. Wofford has opened the season 4-0 for the first time since 1991 and it has held its opponent to less than 100 yards rushing in each game this season.
Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Up next: Georgia Tech
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had a school-record 197 yards receiving and one touchdown in Clemson’s 45-31 victory at Boston College on Saturday afternoon. With wide receiver Sammy Watkins out with a stomach ailment, Hopkins stepped up his play catching 11 passes, including a 35-yard scoring strike to put the game out of reach with 14 minutes left in the game. The Tigers racked up 576 yards of total offense, including 367 through the air by quarterback Tajh Boyd, and held the Eagles to 5-of-17 on third down attempts.
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