(Thursday, August 28th)
Final Score: South Carolina 34, NC State 0
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Mike Davis ran for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 34-0 victory over the NC State Wolfpack in non-conference play.
Chris Smelley tossed two fourth-quarter touchdown passes for South Carolina (1-0).
Andre Brown ran for 101 yards in the loss for NC State (0-1).
The game was scoreless until there were just 20 seconds remaining in the first half, when South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop nailed a 29-yard field goal to put the Gamecocks up 3-0 at intermission.
Late in the second quarter, NC State freshman quarterback Russell Wilson took a knee to the head and had to be taken from the field on a stretcher. He did have movement in his limbs, and early reports stated that Wilson suffered a concussion.
The Wolfpack had 20 passing yards in the first half and 49 for the game.
With 12:12 remaining in the third quarter, Davis plunged into the end zone from one yard out on a fourth and goal play to extend South Carolina's lead to 10-0. The score was then pushed to 13-0 with just over one minute left in the third frame on a 46-yard field goal by Succop.
Like NC State, South Carolina lost its starting quarterback due to injury, as Tommy Beecher left with a possible concussion in the fourth quarter. Beecher, who threw four interceptions, was replaced by Smelley, who promptly threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dion LeCorn to make the score 20-0 in favor of the Gamecocks.
With 6:53 left on the game clock, South Carolina pushed the advantage to 27-0 on a three-yard touchdown rumble by Taylor Rank.
Smelley continued to make the most of his opportunity, as he tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook with 3:32 remaining, making the score 34-0.
Four turnovers and a 4-of-14 effort on third down conversion attempts led to defeat for NC State.
08/29 00:10:23 ET