No. 9 South Carolina 17,?Vanderbilt 13
Marcus Lattimore ran for two touchdowns and 110 yards, and Connor Shaw ran for 92 yards while playing the second half with an injured shoulder as South Carolina rallied for a season-opening win Thursday night against Vanderbilt.
Shaw hurt his right, throwing shoulder late in the first half and missed the first two series of the third quarter before returning. The junior drove the Gamecocks for the go-ahead touchdown and ran 12 yards to the Vandy 1 before rolling in pain in the end zone.
Lattimore scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard run with 11:25 to go.
Vanderbilt had time to rally. but the Commodores turned it over on downs with 1:47 to go when Jordan Matthews couldn’t handle a fourth-down pass from Jordan Rodgers. Gamecocks defensive back D.J. Swearinger appeared to grab Matthews’ arm before the ball arrived.
The Commodores came up with three sacks and forced two turnovers, and they outgained South Carolina 276-272 in total offense.
Lattimore played for the first time since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament last October. The Gamecocks also got five sacks and came up with an interception that set up Lattimore’s first TD, a 29-yarder in the first quarter.
Connecticut 37,?Massachusetts 0
Chandler Whitmer threw for 219 yards and host Connecticut scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to beat Massachusetts, spoiling the Minutemen’s debut as a bowl subdivision program.
The Connecticut defense dominated the game, holding UMass to just 59 yards of offense and limiting the Minutemen to three first downs. UMass did not have an offensive snap in UConn territory.
Lyle McCombs rushed for 82 yards and a first-quarter touchdown, one of two by the offense.
UConn also scored on a 37-yard interception return by cornerback Dwayne Gratz and on a blocked punt.
Chad Christen added field goals of 36, 47 and 19 yards.
It was the 72nd meeting between the two programs but the first since 1999, when both teams were Division I-AA.
Ball State 37,?Eastern Michigan 26
Ball State broke open a 13-13 tie at halftime and dominated in the second half to beat host Eastern Michigan.
The Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, two on runs of 75 and 3 yards by Jahwan Edwards and the other on an 8-yard run by Horactio Banks, to take control of the game at 34-13.
Ball State’s offense gained 599 yards. Its defense limited the Eagles to 383 yards.
Edwards finished with 200 rushing yards on 20 carries. He scored three touchdowns.
Central Michigan 38,?Southeast Missouri 27
Zurlon Tipton ran for a career-high 180 yards and three touchdowns as host Central Michigan opened the season with a win over Southeast Missouri.
The junior ran for of touchdowns 32 and 48 yards in the first half, racking up 120 yards on eight carries. The Chippewas had 324 yards on the ground.
Central Michigan trailed 27-24 when it took the lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Radcliff to Jarrett Fleming, and added another score in the fourth on a 1-yard run by Tipton.
After a 24-24 tie at the half, Southeast Missouri took the lead on a 40-yard field by Drew Geldbach.