Blue Hens romp past Jacksonville in opener
In Dave Brock's first game as Delaware's coach, the Blue Hens rolled to a 51-35 win over Jacksonville (Fla.) Thursday night in Newark, Del.
Andrew Pierce led a dominating rushing attack that collected 373 yards. Pierce carried the ball 16 times for 101 yards, but the Blue Hens had success no matter who got the handoff. Julian Laing ran for 97 yards and freshman Jalen Randolph added 87, including his first career TD on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter.
South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10 - Mike Davis ran 75 yards for a touchdown, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson each threw long scoring passes, and all-American Jadeveon Clowney helped the No. 6 Gamecocks defense hold the Tar Heels to their lowest point total under coach Larry Fedora in a victory in Columbia, S.C.
The game was delayed nearly two hours in the fourth quarter by rain. The Gamecocks were already in control by then.
Towson State 33, Connecticut 18 - Towson running back Terrance West ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and the Tigers won for the first time against an opponent from the bowl subdivision, upsetting Connecticut, in the season opener for both teams in East Hartford, Conn.
Quarterback Peter Athens threw for 192 yards and another score and running back Sterlin Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown and ran for another.
West carried the ball a career-high 36 times, and broke the 100-yard mark for the 12th time in his career.