Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Aggies don't miss Johnny

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.

Hill broke Manziel's single-game passing record with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks' 18-game home win streak.

Hill looked poised and confident in his first start, leading the Aggies to the most total and passing yards against South Carolina. The sophomore son of former major-league pitcher Ken Hill, who ended his 14-year career in 2001 with the Devil Rays, was 44-for-60 with three touchdowns.

The hardest part of his night came after the celebration on the field. "I just wanted to get the first press conference over with," said Hill, who hadn't spoken with reporters before. "I get nervous up here."

South Carolina gave up seven TDs on A&Ms first 11 possessions.

Tra Carson ran for three touchdowns and receiver Malcome Kennedy had 14 catches for 137 yards. The Aggies piled up 680 yards of offense, the most South Carolina's given up since Arkansas went for 650 in 2007.

Manziel held five of the Aggies' six best single-game passing marks, topped by his 464 yards in a loss to Alabama last season. Hill moved past them all with his flawless showing on the road.

"That team was so much better than us, it wasn't funny," said Spurrier, trying for his 200th victory as an SEC coach. "They out-coached us, outplayed us, they were better prepared and they knew what they were doing."

Hill's 44 completions were also a single-game school record, moving past Jerrod Johnson's mark against Oklahoma State in 2010.

No. 18 ole miss 35, Boise St. 13: Bo Wallace threw four touchdowns in a sloppy opener in Atlanta. The Rebels led only 7-6 entering the fourth quarter before finishing off Boise State when Wallace threw for TDs on three consecutive throws, ruining the debut of Broncos coach Bryan Harsin.

USC backup RB quits amid racism claims

LOS ANGELES — Running back Anthony Brown quit the Southern California team, and coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned Thursday by Brown's apparent accusations of racism against him on social media.

A photo of the words "Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!" was posted on what USC said was Brown's Instagram account. It was later deleted. "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office," was posted in the caption to the photo, along with #Fighton.

Sarkisian, who is white, was told about the apparent posts from Brown, who is black, shortly after practice. The visibly disturbed coach called them "ridiculous," saying Brown had shown no indication he felt slighted or insulted in their relationship.

Brown is a senior who played cornerback until this year, starting two games in each of his first three seasons. He played in only two games last year because of ankle injuries, racking up nine tackles at Notre Dame before missing the final eight games. He switched to running back for his senior year, but Brown missed most of training camp with a hyperextended elbow.

His acrimonious departure is another blow to a program already reeling from the bizarre saga of cornerback Josh Shaw, who was caught in a lie about spraining his ankles while saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning last weekend. The fifth-year senior and team captain has been suspended indefinitely.

Sarkisian said Shaw could "potentially" return at some point this season: "Obviously there's some other things that need to take place. But in the meantime, he's got to take care of his health and take care of himself, and when the time is right to bring him back, we will."

Sarkisian, in his first year at USC, said Shaw still hasn't told the Trojans exactly how he got hurt. But Shaw's attorney, Donald Etra, said: "The injury was caused by a fall from his balcony at his apartment. He is very remorseful. He accepted responsibility for telling the untruth. He has apologized to USC, and he's looking forward to putting this behind him."

Alabama: Linebacker Trey DePriest is suspended for Saturday's opener against West Virginia. Coach Nick Saban said he will serve a one-game suspension for a "minor NCAA infraction."

Baylor: The 10th-ranked Bears will play their first game on the Waco, Texas, campus since November 1935, on Sunday night against SMU. The team closed out 64 seasons at Floyd Casey Stadium, about 4 miles from campus, in December. The opener at the new, 45,140-seat McLane Stadium is sold out.

Notre Dame: Reserve safety Eilar Hardy joined cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore and defensive end Ishaq Williams in being withheld from practice and games as the university completed its investigation into whether they might have turned in homework and papers completed by others. The next step is for the players to have hearings before the university's code of honor committee, made up of students, faculty and a member of the provost's office.

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