SOUTH CAROLINA 49, COASTAL CAROLINA 15
The South Carolina Gamecocks cruised to victory in their first game of the season. The Gamecocks handily defeated the Chanticleers 49-15 to get out to a 1-0 start to the season. Jake Bentley showed out, throwing four touchdown passes through three quarters. His longest went to Bryan Edwards, which was good for 24 yards. He also tossed a 22-yarder to Rico Dowdle, who added a 5-yard touchdown run in the 1st quarter. Bentley’s other TD passes went to Kiel Pollard and the great Deebo Samuel. Michael Scarnecchia got some action, and he too added a TD pass to Randrecous Davis. Ty’Son Williams also got on the board with a rushing TD in the 3rd quarter.
GEORGIA 45, AUSTIN PEAY 0
The Georgia Bulldogs boatraced the Austin Peay Governors, taking them down 45-0 between the hedges. Jake Fromm picked up two touchdown passes in the game, one to Riley Ridley and the other to Mecole Hardman. Elsewhere, D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield picked up rushing touchdowns. But they didn’t pick up the longest rushing TD of the game. No, that was wide receiver Demetris Robertson, who ran 72 yards for a score early on in the 2nd quarter. Justin Fields got on the board for the first time in his collegiate career, as he threw a 12-yard TD pass to tight end Isaac Nauta in the 3rd quarter.
MIZZOU 51, UT-MARTIN 14
So far, so good for the Missouri Tigers, as they defeated the UT Martin Skyhawks 51-14. Drew Lock didn’t seem to phased in his new offense as he threw four touchdown passes in the victory. The longest of the day went to Kam Scott to the tune of 70 yards. He also had TD passes of five yards, 31 and 34, the latter two going to Emanuel Hall while the other went to Johnathon Johnson. Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III each finished with a rushing TD of their own.
ARKANSAS 55, EASTERN ILLINOIS 20
The Arkansas Razorbacks were boosted to victory thanks in part to a furious effort by quarterback Ty Storey. Storey threw three TD passes in the 2nd quarter and later cashed in with a rushing touchdown in the 3rd. The TDs went to the likes of La’Michael Pettway and Jordan Jones, with Pettway hauling in two of the three TDs for 14 and 48 yards. Jones’ meanwhile was good for 57 yards towards the end of the first half. The other TD pass came from the arm of Cole Kelley, who threw a 42-yarder to Austin Cantrell late in the 4th quarter. Briston Guidry, meanwhile, also got on the board on a fumble recovery and return in the 1st, and so did Devwah Whaley, who scored halfway through the 2nd quarter.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 63, STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 6
No Nick Fitzgerald, no problem for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, who routed the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks 63-6. It was evident from the jump that Keytaon Thompson had a firm grip on things, as he was responsible for three touchdowns in the 1st quarter alone. Two came through the air, as he threw a 53-yarder to running back Kylin Hill and an 84-yarder to Osirus Mitchell later on. He also picked up a nine-yard rushing touchdown in the frame. Thompson later threw two more in the 1st half, dropping a 27-yarder to Aeris Williams and a 17-yarder to Dontea Jones. Thompson later added another passing TD to Mitchell, a 30-yarder in the 3rd quarter and then ran for a 25-yarder in the 4th. Hill and Dontavian Lee picked up second half rushing TDs to tack on more points for the Bulldogs.
FLORIDA 53, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 6
Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators looked sharp in their 53-6 blowout victory over Charleston Southern. Feleipe Franks threw five touchdown passes in the first half, two of them going to transfer Van Jefferson. The others went to Trevon Grimes, Josh Hammond and Tyrie Cleveland, as Franks really spread the wealth in this one. Kyle Trask and Terrence Wilson added rushing touchdowns in the second half, as the Gators were hardly phased in this game. If nothing else, it was a welcomed sight for a team that has been offensively starved for quite some time.