After a summer of talk about its defense and star end Jadeveon Clowney, South
Carolina opened up the fall with a bruising offensive performance to beat North Carolina
The No. 6 Gamecocks will be 1-0 going into next week’s SEC showdown with
Georgia thanks to 179 rushing yards from Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds and a clinical
performance from starting quarterback Connor Shaw.
A crowd of 81,572 showed up for the game, but not many of them stuck around
during a one hour, 44-minute rain delay that forced the evacuation of the stands and field
at Williams-Brice due to lightning in the area.
Davis, a sophomore making his first collegiate start, rushed for 115 yards on 12
carries and broke the Tar Heels’ back with a 75-yard touchdown run with 7:38 left in the
third quarter to put South Carolina ahead 27-10.
South Carolina opened each half with a quick score.
The Gamecocks took the opening kickoff and scored three plays later on a 65-
yards bomb from Shaw to sophomore wide receiver Shaq Roland that put South Carolina
up 7-0 with 13:41 left in the first quarter.
The Gamecocks extended their lead on a 39-yard field goal from Elliott Fry with
4:53 left in the quarter to go ahead 10-0 and then added another touchdown with a 29-
yard pass from Dylan Thompson to Kane Whitehurst with 44 seconds left in the quarter.
The Tar Heels got on the board in the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown
pass from Bryn Renner to Gaffney native Quinshad Davis with 9:35 left in the first half.
Fry added another 26-yard field goal with 3:35 left in the half to give the
Gamecocks a 20-7 lead at the break.
North Carolina put together a 17-play drive to open the second half but could
manage only a 20-yard field goal by Thomas Moore to cut the lead to 20-10 with 7:09
left in the quarter.
The Gamecocks answered right away with Davis’ 75-yard scoring run, the
longest run from scrimmage by a South Carolina player since Bobby Wallace went 88
yards in 1986.