South Carolina had its much-needed bye week over the weekend but college football went on without a hitch. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2) will play this season did over the weekend.
Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacey
Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 5-4, 3-3
Up next: at Ole Miss
Vanderbilt rolled Kentucky 40-0 at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday afternoon and is now within one win of bowl eligibility. The Commodores scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to take control heading into halftime. The Wildcats never showed up, though, as the team had just 260 yards of offense and never found a way to crack the scoreboard. Vandy quarterback Jordan Rodgers was 18-of-29 for 220 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. It was a balanced offensive performance for the visitors, which passed for 220 yards and rushed for 227.
Carolina 48 - ECU 10: September 8; Columbia
Up next: vs. Houston
East Carolina became bowl eligible with a 48-28 win over Houston on Saturday afternoon at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. The Pirates jumped out to a 28-0 lead to take control early in the game and it was smooth sailing from there. Quarterback Shane Carden completed 31-of-43 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Vintavious Cooper rushed for 140 yards and a score as the Pirates put up 550 yards of total offense.
Carolina 49 - UAB 6: September 15, 2012
Up next: @ Southern Miss
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray
UAB went on the road to pick up its second win of the season with a 27-19 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night. It was a battle of the bottom two teams in Conference USA but the Blazers emerged victorious and kept Ellis Johnson’s season with the Golden Eagles spiraling out of control. UAB was down 16-0 at halftime but went on a second half surge with two rushing touchdowns by Darrin Reaves from 14 and 8 yards out. The second score came with 2:41 left in the game to solidify the victory.
Carolina 31 - Missouri 10: September 22
Record: 4-5, 1-5
Up next: at Tennessee
Missouri gave Florida all it could handle in The Swamp but the Tigers lost their fifth SEC game in six chances with a 14-7 defeat at the hands of the Gators. Quarterback James Franklin completed less than 50 percent of his passes and through four interceptions and no touchdowns in his return from an injured knee. The Tigers dominated statistically except for in the turnover category as Franklin tossed three interceptions in the last 16 minutes of the game.
Carolina 38 - Kentucky 17: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Record: 1-9, 0-7
Up next: BYE
If it hadn’t already, the Kentucky season officially hit rock bottom with a 40-0 defeat at home at the hands of Vanderbilt. The Wildcats are playing young players at nearly every position but failing to score against the Commodores, or even put up much of a fight, should spell the end of the Joker Phillips era in Lexington, Ky. It was never really a contest as the Wildcats were beat like a drum in all three phases of the game.
Carolina 35 - Georgia 7: October 6; Columbia
Record: 8-1, 6-1
Up next: at Auburn
Ole Miss hung in the game early but Georgia scored a touchdown to take a 14-10 lead with three seconds left in the first half. The Bulldogs dominated the rest of the way in a 37-10 victory over the Rebels, which remain a game shy of qualifying for bowl eligibility. Quarterback Aaron Murray was 21-of-28 for 384 yards and four touchdowns while running back Todd Gurley had 18 carries for 117 yards. Saturday marked the sixth time that Gurley has gone over the 100-yard mark during this, his freshman, season.
LSU 23 - Carolina 21: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Record: 7-1, 3-1
Up next: vs. Mississippi State
LSU played Alabama tougher than any other opponent this season but came away with the same result. The Crimson Tide, led by quarterback A.J. McCarron, went on a touchdown-scoring drive with under 2 minutes to play to come away with a 21-17 victory at Tiger Stadium. Freshman T.J. Yeldon took a screen pass 28 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 51 seconds left in the game to keep the Crimson Tide in the top spot nationally and in line for another berth in the BCS Championship game. McCarron had one of his worst performances of the season but he was at his best in crunch time completing 4-of-5 passes for 72 yards and a score. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had had the best game of his career completing 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a score.
Florida 44 - Carolina 11; Gainesville, Fla.
Record: 8-1, 7-1
Up next: vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida kept its slim SEC East title hopes alive with a narrow 14-7 victory over Missouri on Saturday afternoon to complete its conference schedule. The Gators were shutout and held to 111 yards in the first half but used a pair of second half touchdowns and four interceptions from Missouri quarterback James Franklin to pull off the victory. Florida was only 2-of-13 on third down conversions and out-played up and down the stat sheet. Mistakes, however, cost the Tigers and Florida, as it has done so often this season, capitalized. Quarterback Jeff Driskel played turnover-free football again completing 12-of-23 passes for 106 yards and a score.
Carolina 38 - Tennessee 35; Columbia
Record: 4-5, 0-5
Up next: vs. Missouri
Playing in front of a half-capacity crowd at Neyland Stadium, Tennessee barely survived an upset bid from Troy winning 55-48 over the Sunbelt Conference school. The Vols scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, two of which came in the final three minutes, to erase a one-score deficit and keep their bowl hopes alive. Tennessee has three very winnable games left on the schedule with Missouri, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky waiting in the wings the final three weeks of the season. Quarterback Tyler Bray was 29-of-47 for 530 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. He also had a touchdown pass dropped that would have sealed the victory without so much drama at the end.
Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Record: 4-5, 2-3
Up next: at South Carolina
With the 19-15 win over Tulsa on Saturday afternoon, Arkansas has won three of its last four games. The narrow victory over the Golden Hurricane was nothing to write home about but, at this point, a win is a win for the Razorbacks. Running back Dennis Johnson rushed for 109 yards and two scores to help the Hogs erase a fourth-quarter deficit. For the fourth time this season, Arkansas gave up a double-digit lead but this time, they found a way to come back on a one-yard touchdown run by Johnson with just over 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
Up next: vs. The Citadel
Wofford lost in double overtime on Saturday but still has a shot at a share of the Southern Conference title. The Terriers lost 24-17 on the road when Samford scored on the game’s final play of regulation and then converted a two-point conversion to force overtime. After both teams missed field goals in the first overtime, the Bulldogs scored a touchdown that the Terriers couldn’t equal. Running back Eric Breitenstein had 168 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries. He now has 5,091 yards in his career, which is 38 yards from setting a new school record.
Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Up next: vs. Maryland
Clemson routed Duke 56-20 on Saturday night at Wallace-Wade Stadium. The Blue Devils flopped in its most meaningful November game since the 1990s. Quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 344 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes - four of which came in the first half. The Tigers had 718 yards of total offense against a Duke squad that was completely out-matched physically and athletically.