Palmetto State dominates Saturday Football
Saturday afternoon was a great day for many of South Carolina colleges and their fans. In 11 games that involved state schools, 8 won and one game pitted two state schools against one another. All in all the state's Saturday record was 8 -3. Of course the big two of Clemson and USC both notched a win.
Here's a quick rundown of the Winners:
Clemson won big against a lesser foe in Louisiana-Monroe. They were able to shake off a sluggish beginning to route Monroe 49-26 as Junior QB Cullen Harper passed for 5 TD's, a Clemson record.
South Carolina had arguably the schools biggest win in Steve Spurrier's tenure, as well as Lou Holtz's. They beat Georgia in Athens and between the hedges which maybe the school's biggest road win ever. They led throughout winning 16-12. The win vaulted them from the land of the unranked to #17 in the country. As much as it hurts me to write this, S Carolina has put themselves in great position to challenge for a spot in the SEC Championship game.
Citadel. That's enough said. Call this a program statement game or call it a blow out but whatever you call they won BIG, as in 76 to zero BIG. They beat Webber International of the NAIA. Granted they only have 550 students but for Citadel to score 76 unanswered points it is a thing of beauty. For giggles Citadel scored 4 TD's on their first 11 plays and the defense scored 3 TD's. Look out Wisconsin, another So Con team looks to take down the Big10.
Wofford beat up a Charleston Southern team already coming off one blowout the previous week at Citadel only to get ripped again 52-24. The Terriers ran for 317 yards on 57 attempts. The Buccaneers sadly enough will need to get used to blowouts, as in two weeks they will travel to Hawaii to take on the pass happy Rainbows and record setting QB Colt Brennan.
South Carolina State recorded their first win of the year as they knocked off Bethune-Cookman 24-13. SC State will try to bring their run game with them as they travel to Columbia Saturday to take on the Gamecocks.
Coastal Carolina in a rebuilding mode was able to fend off Winston Salem State to win 28-21 and even it's record at 1-1. William Richardson threw for 301 yards and a TD.
Newberry beat up a Bowie State team 41-7 as RB Alex Haynes rushed for 255 yards as the Indians piled up 507 total yards.
Presbyterian, in their first year of Division 1-AA football (FCS), knocked off Pikeville 58-7. QB Grayson Mullins passed for 342 yards and 6 scores. The Blue Hose, for laughter, scored 35 points in the second quarter.
North Greenville remains winless as they lost 21-17 to Fairmont State.
Furman traveled to NY only to come back with a loss as they were beat by Hofstra 32-17. They are 1-1 on the year.