Just minutes after Tennessee became a national embarrassment by losing at home to Georgia State, South Carolina said “hold my beer.”
On the road against North Carolina – who, like Georgia State, also finished with just two wins last year – the Gamecocks fell by a final score of 24-20 to open their season.
10-year senior quarterback Jake Bentley threw for 142 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions on 16/30 passing for USC, compared to a smooth 245 yards and two touchdowns for UNC quarterback Sam Howell. Elsewhere, the Tar Heels managed to outrush the Cocks 238 yards to 128, finished with 24 total first downs, and controlled the time of possession by over seven minutes.
For those keeping track at home, Kentucky was picked to finish below both of these teams in the SEC Preseason Polls.
Way to go, guys.