Friday, August 30, 2013

Tar Heels Fall To No. 6 Gamecocks, 27-10

Mike Davis rushed for 115 yards and a 75-yard third-quarter touchdown as No. 6 South Carolina topped North Carolina, 27-10, Thursday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. Shaq Roland scored on a 65-yard catch on the first drive of the game to give the Gamecocks a lead they would never relinquish.
Bryn Renner completed 26 of 43 passes for 194 yards and a score for the Tar Heels, and Romar Morris rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries in his first career start.

After Connor Shaw hit Roland down the middle for the opening score on the third play from scrimmage, Elliott Fry made a 39-yard field goal and Dylan Thompson connected with Kane Whitehurst for a 29-yard score to make it 17-0 before the end of the first quarter.

But Renner and the Tar Heels responded, as the senior quarterback engineered a 16-play, 70-yard drive that culminated in a 4-yard touchdown pass to Quinshad Davis. Davis, playing in his home state for the first time in his career, caught four balls for 39 yards and a score.

Fry tacked on another field goal with 1:32 left in the half to make it 20-7 at the break before the Tar Heels put together another long drive to open the third.

Carolina converted a pair of fourth downs, including a 4th-and-11, in a 17-play, 67-yard drive, but Renner couldn't connect with A.J. Blue on 3rd-and-goal and Thomas Moore made a 20-yard field goal to pull the Tar Heels within 10.

The momentum of a second long drive was short-lived, however, as Davis found a seam and raced down the sideline for the longest rushing play against UNC in five years.

James Hurst and the Tar Heel offensive line largely neutralized Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina's much-ballyhooed defensive line star. Clowney finished with three tackles and no sacks.

The game was delayed for one hour and 44 minutes with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter due to lightning in the area.

Carolina returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 7, as the Tar Heels host Middle Tennessee at 12:30 in the 2013 home opener.

Defense Leads Deacs in 31-7 Win over Presbyterian

Wake Forest opened the 2013 season with a performance not seen since 1944 by holding Presbyterian to just two first downs and defeating the Blue Hose 31-7 on Thursday night at BB&T Field.

Presbyterian (0-1) forced a three-and-out on the Demon Deacons' (1-0) first drive of the game and answered with a 66-yard run down to the Wake Forest four-yard line on its first play from scrimmage by Demarcus Rouse. The Blue Hose punched it in three plays later on a one-yard pass by Tamyn Garrick to Kris Hurley, but the Deacs did not allow Presbyterian to move the chains again until the 14:22 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Wake Forest defense also forced six Presbyterian turnovers on the night. Brandon Chubb, Mike Olson and Kevin Johnson all intercepted a pass, and Chubb ran his back 29 yards for a touchdown. The Blue Hose also lost three fumbles, with Olson and Nikita Whitlock each forcing a fumble and Josh Banks, James Looney and Justin Jackson each recovering one.

In between Presbyterian first downs, redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams recorded more receiving yards than any other Demon Deacon in school history in their collegiate debut. Williams caught five passes for 143 yards, including a 53-yard reception, a 42-yard reception and a 33-yard reception.

Orville Reynolds also caught five passes for 30 yards, while Tanner Price went 14-for-25 for 219 yards and a touchdown pass to Spencer Bishop. Price also ran the ball 14 times for 31 yard and a touchdown.

True freshman John Armstrong led the team on the ground with six carries for 38 yards, while seven other Demon Deacons ran the ball for at least 10 yards.

After Presbyterian went up 7-0, the Deacs cut into the deficit on a 31-yard field goal by Chad Hedlund with 2:16 remaining in the first quarter. Price and Bishop connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass less than two minutes into the second quarter, and Price ran one in from three yard at the 3:18 mark to give Wake Forest a 17-7 lead at halftime.

Chubb's 29-yard interception return put Wake Forest up 24-7 with 11:33 on the clock in the third quarter, and Josh Wilhite scored on a 21-yard run on his first-career carry with 12:46 remaining in the game.

Under head coach Jim Grobe, Wake Forest had never played more than three true freshman in a season, but the Demon Deacons saw nine true freshman play in the season opener, including John Armstrong, Cory Helms, Marquel Lee, Deonte Davis, Brad Watson, James Looney, Josh T. Harris, Jalen Latter and Charles Argenzio.

Wake Forest will be on the road next week when it begins ACC play on Friday night at Boston College at 8 p.m.

Presbyterian 7, Wake Forest 0 (11:18, 1st Quarter)
Starting on its own 30-yard line, Presbyterian running back Demarcus Rouse broke off a 66-yard run on the first play from scrimmage to the Wake Forest four-yard line. After two rush attempts by Seth Moreland down to the Wake Forest one-yard line, quarterback Tamyn Garrick completed a touchdown pass to Kris Hurley. Brett Wilson added the extra point following the touchdown, giving Presbyterian the early 7-0 advantage.

Presbyterian 7, Wake Forest 3 (2:56, 1st Quarter)
After a Presbyterian punt, Wake Forest took over at its own 49-yard line to begin the drive. After a Deandre Martin run for five yards, quarterback Tanner Price scrambled from one side of the field to the other, gaining 15-yards and the first down. On Blue Hose' 29-yard line, Price hit Orville Reynolds for an eight-yard gain out to the 21-yard line. After a couple of plays from Reynolds and two runs from Dominique Gibson, Chad Hedlund added a 31-yard field goal to put Wake Forest on the board.

Wake Forest 10, Presbyterian 7 (13:42, 2nd Quarter)
Following an interception from Mike Olson, the Deacs took over at the Presbyterian 34-yard line with 48 seconds left in the first quarter. After a penalty backed Wake Forest up to the 40-yard line, Price hit Jared Crump for an 11-yard gain. John Armstrong put up seven yards on a rush before Price completed a 20-yard pass to a wide-open Spencer Bishop for his first career touchdown. An extra point from Hedlund made it 10-7 in favor of Wake Forest.

Wake Forest 17, Presbyterian 7 (3:18, 2nd Quarter)
Price capped off a five play, 64-yard drive with a three-yard rushing touchdown to put Wake Forest up 17-7. With 5:54 left in the second quarter, Price completed a 53-yard pass to Jonathan Williams putting the Deacs on the Presbyterian 11-yard line. After Josh Harris gained eight yards on the ground in three rushes, Price ran in for the touchdown which was followed by a Hedlund extra point.

Wake Forest 24, Presbyterian 7 (11:33, 3rd Quarter)
Brandon Chubb intercepted Garrick for a touchdown at the Presbyterian 29-yard line with 11:33 left in the third quarter.

Wake Forest 31, Presbyterian 7 (12:46, 4th Quarter)
Joshua Wilhite made the most of his first collegiate carry by scampering down the sideline for a 21-yard touchdown following a Presbyterian fumble. Hedlund tacked on the extra point to put the Deacs up 31-7.