NASHVILLE — Marcus Lattimore ran for two touchdowns and 110 yards, and quarterback Connor Shaw ran for 92 yards while playing the second half with an injured shoulder as No. 9 South Carolina rallied for a 17-13 SEC victory against Vanderbilt to open the football season Thursday.
Shaw hurt his right (throwing) shoulder late in the first half and missed the first two series of the third quarter before returning. The junior drove the Gamecocks for the go-ahead touchdown and ran 12 yards to the Vandy 1-yard line before rolling in pain in the end zone.
Lattimore scored the go-ahead TD on a 1-yard run with 11:25 left. The Commodores turned the ball over on downs with 1:47 to go when receiver Jordan Matthews couldn't handle a fourth-down pass from QB Jordan Rodgers, brother of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.
UCF pummels Akron
AKRON, Ohio — Blake Bortles passed for 168 yards and three touchdowns as UCF, which was 0-6 on the road last season, ruined Terry Bowden's coaching debut at Akron, routing the Zips 56-14.
Led by running back Latavius Murray's 108 first-half yards, the Knights outgained the Zips on the ground 141-17 in building a 35-0 halftime lead. Murray had a touchdown and Bortles had scoring strikes of 5, 18 and 56 yards before UCF emptied its bench.
Miami transfer Storm Johnson scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, both after recovered fumbles. Knights backup QB Tyler Gabbert threw a 12-yard TD pass to Rob Calabrese.
Bowden's return to major college football 19 years after leaving Auburn couldn't have gone much worse. Akron lost three fumbles, including two inside its 10-yard line, and had an interception. Bowden came to Akron after guiding North Alabama to a 29-9 record the past three seasons in Division II following 10 years as a TV analyst.
UCONN 37, UMass 0: Chandler Whitmer threw for 219 yards and the host Huskies scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to spoil the Minutemen's Division I-A debut. Massachusetts, held to 59 yards of offense and three first downs, did not have an offensive snap in Connecticut territory.
Utah 41, N. Colo. 0: John White rushed for 119 yards, Jordan Wynn threw for two touchdowns and backup quarterback Travis Wilson ran for two as the host Utes never allowed the Bears to cross midfield.
Big East: New commissioner Mike Aresco confirmed he wants to add a 14th member for football and is planning a championship game after next season. He would not divulge which schools are addition candidates.
Irish analyst pulled: Former Notre Dame running back and radio analyst Allen Pinkett will not work the broadcast of the Irish opener against Navy on Saturday after saying teams need "a few bad citizens" to give them an edge. Andrew Giangola, spokesman for the IMG Notre Dame Radio Network, said the game deserves to be distraction free and the remarks were unacceptable. Further decisions on Pinkett are pending, he said.
N. Carolina Apologizes: North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp said he has apologized to former football player Julius Peppers for the lapse that resulted in his transcript being posted on the Internet, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. The transcript was mistakenly moved from a secure server to an unsecured directory during a technology migration in 2007, he said.
Isaac Impact: Third-ranked LSU will play its opener Saturday against North Texas in Tiger Stadium, university officials said after a check of the stadium and consulting with authorities to ensure the Baton Rouge community could handle the anticipated crowd of more than 90,000. LSU officials described stadium damage from Hurricane Isaac as minimal. Coach Les Miles said running back Michael Ford, who faced academic eligibility questions, has been cleared to play, but he was unsure when linebacker Tahj Jones would be able to return from related issues. … The Rutgers-Tulane game will be played Saturday in the New Orleans Superdome, which sustained superficial damage to signs, banners and landscaping. … Nicholls State's trip from Louisiana to play Oregon State was postponed. No new date has been set.
Oklahoma State: Defensive coordinator Bill Young is expected to miss the first two games after undergoing an undisclosed medical procedure.