COLUMBIA, S.C. — Mike Davis ran 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson each threw long scoring passes, and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney helped No. 6 South Carolina's defense hold North Carolina to its lowest point total under coach Larry Fedora in a 27-10 victory Thursday night.
The game was delayed nearly two hours in the fourth quarter by lightning and rain.
Clowney did not have a sack and finished with three first-half tackles. The Tar Heels' fast-paced offense wore him down and forced him to the sideline for several rests, yet he and the defense mostly hemmed in the Tar Heels' attack.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier was disappointed by his team's conditioning on defense, including Clowney's. "Did you watch what I was watching?" he said when asked about Clowney. "No, I don't have to say it. You write what you see. We'll try and work on our conditioning for the entire team."
"Here I am back in front again, ready for all these questions about conditioning," said Clowney, who had a stomach virus earlier in the week. "Let's go."
Shaw and Thompson ended things early as South Carolina led 17-0 in the opening quarter, when it outgained North Carolina 203-35.
Fedora wasn't sure why his offense stalled.
"We're in Year 2. I wish we were farther along than we are, but we're not," he said. "That was a good measuring stick for us. I didn't say, 'We're so far away we're not going to make it.' I don't think we're that far away."
Towson wins at Connecticut
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — Towson running back Terrance West ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and the Division I-AA Tigers upset Connecticut 33-18 in the opener for both teams.
Quarterback Peter Athens threw for 192 yards and a score, and running back Sterlin Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown pass and ran for another score. Receiver Shakim Phillips had two touchdown catches for UConn, which was kicking off the first game for the new American Athletic Conference, which includes USF.
"I think they know this is one game and we didn't play well as a team in any area," said UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni.
Wake forest 31, presbyterian 7: Tanner Price accounted for two touchdowns, redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams had 143 yards receiving and the host Demon Deacons forced six turnovers in a season-opening victory. With its ACC opener next Friday night at Boston College, Wake Forest mostly kept things simple on offense.
Quick start for pasco's grant: Janarion Grant's first college touch resulted in a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Rutgers' late game against Fresno State. The former Pasco High standout tied the score at 7 with 11:53 left in the first quarter.
'targeting': Tulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss was the first player ejected under the new "targeting rule" after his first-quarter hit on Jackson State QB LaMontiez Ivy at the Superdome in New Orleans. The automatic ejection was added to the targeting rule this offseason after concerns about player safety were raised, including concussions and brain-trauma on players. Also, Indiana State defensive back Carlos Aviles was ejected for "targeting" during the third quarter against Indiana. While covering a punt, he slammed full speed, helmet-to-helmet into returner Shane Wynn.
indiana: The host Hoosiers opened with a record-breaking 73-35 victory over Indiana State. Their 45 points in the first half was their highest total since the school started keeping records in 1949, and they broke the Memorial Stadium scoring record by topping the 69 Nebraska scored in 1978.
Kent State: Running back Dri Archer, being promoted by the school as a Heisman Trophy candidate, was knocked out of the Golden Flashes' opening 17-10 victory over Liberty with a leg injury. He was on the sideline with a protective boot on his left foot during the second half.
Notre Dame: Receiver Luke Massa will become the third-string quarterback Saturday because freshman Malik Zaire has not been medically cleared to play as he recovers from mononucleosis.
southern cal: Cody Kessler, competing with fellow sophomore Max Wittek at quarterback, started Thursday's late game at Hawaii. Coach Lane Kiffin said both would have an opportunity Thursday to prove they deserve to start.
kickoff game set: Louisville and Auburn will meet in the 2015 Kickoff game in Atlanta.