Auburn defeated Clemson 27-24 in OT fashion last week before handing the Gamecocks its first loss of the season. In their first 2010 road game, the Gamecocks looked poised to claim the victory, but costly and timely turnovers dealt South Carolina a blow. South Carolina (3-1, 1-1) jumped out to 20-7 lead but Gamecocks’ quarterback Stephen Garcia fumbled twice leading to Auburn’s 14 fourth-quarter points.
The Tigers’ rushing game racked up over 330 yards against a Gamecocks’ defense allowing only 60 rushing yards per game coming into Saturday’s contest. Auburn’s standout 6-foot, 6-inch quarterback Cam Newton accounted for 176 rushing yards and passed for 158 more. Newton rushed for three touchdowns and he threw for two more vs. the Gamecocks.
South Carolina’s freshman running back Marcus Lattimore was held to a season-low 33 yards as Auburn limited the Gamecocks to 79 total rushing yards. South Carolina takes this week off before facing No. 1 Alabama at home on Saturday, Oct. 9.
Backup freshman quarterback Connor Shaw came in to lead the Gamecocks on two productive drives before halting the drives with interceptions.
South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery had a career-high 192 yards on eight receptions vs. the Tigers.
In other SEC action, No. 1 Alabama fought back from a 17-7 halftime deficit to defeat Arkansas, 24-20.
No. 7 Florida Gators dominated the Kentucky Wildcats, 48-14.
Georgia lost again and this time it was Mississippi State who defeated the Georgia Bulldogs, 24-12.
No. 12 LSU narrowly escaped past West Virginia with a 20-14 victory.
Tennessee escaped with a 32-29 overtime win vs. UAB.
Mississippi scored 55 points en route to a 55-38 win over Fresno State.
Clemson enjoyed an off week last week after a grueling 27-24 OT loss at Auburn. The Tigers will face the No. 16 Miami Hurricanes, who are the league’s highest-ranked team in the AP poll.
In ACC action last week, Miami defeated Pittsburgh, 31-3.
Virginia Tech shut out Boston College 19-0.
No. 23 North Carolina State remain undefeated and moved into the AP top 25 with a 45-28 victory over Georgia Tech.
Virginia handled VMI, 48-7.
Maryland used a 21-point second quarter for a win over Florida International, 42-28.
Army defeated Duke, 35-21.
Florida State shut out the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 31-0.
North Carolina picked up its first win of the season over Rutgers, 17-13.
Panthers lose 20-7 to the Bengals
The Jimmy Clausen era began on Sunday and the Carolina Panthers result was the same
The Panthers 20-7 loss at home vs. Cincinatti has many fans wondering if Carolina will get back on track, or will they just settle for a “maybe next year.”
It is still early in the season but the odds of a winless week three team making it into the playoffs are less than 10 percent, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Clausen and the entire offense must get through the growing pains if they wish to compete in the NFC South division. Clausen did not play a terrible game, but the offense must stick the ball into the end zone more than once a game. The rookie quarterback threw for 188 yards and accounted for two Panthers turnovers and his fumble came on Carolina’s opening drive in Bengals’ territory.
The Panthers’ quarterbacks have received little help from their big-time backs.
Last season, Carolina’s running back duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart each ran for 1,000 yards, but teams are stacking the box to defend the Panthers’ run game. Stewart and Williams combined for a meager 77 yards rushing vs. the Bengals.
Stewart scored Carolina’s only touchdown on a 1-yard TD run.
Panthers’ safety Charles Godfrey was the team’s lone highlight, as Godfrey picked up another interception for a team-high three interceptions.
The Carolina Panthers (0-3) join other shameful, winless teams like Detroit, San Francisco, Cleveland and Buffalo looking to next week for something good to talk about.
Unfortunately for Carolina, next week’s opponent has a 2010 Super Bowl ring.
The Panthers travel to New Orleans to take on the defending Super Bowl champions, who lost its first game of the season vs. Atlanta in overtime, 27-24.
Look for Carolina to come out storming like a well-oiled machine, because this week’s performance will make or break many Panthers’ coaches careers.
Falcons stun defending Super Bowl champions in OT
Sunday’s game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New Orleans Saints was nothing short of exciting.
After Saints’ kicker Garrett Hartley nailed a 32-yard game-tying field goal with 4 seconds in regulation, it was again Hartley who would be called upon to deliver the overtime game-tying field goal.
However, Hartley’s simple 29-yard field goal attempt hooked left and the Saints suffered its first loss of the season, 27-24 vs. the Falcons.
Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns
Atlanta’s running back Michael Turner added 30 carries for 114 yards and a 1-yard TD.
The Falcons host Mike Singeltary and the struggling San Francisco 49ers Sunday.
Redskins let early lead slip away
Donovan McNabb and the Redskins were in control but could not hang on for the win as the St. Louis Rams defeated the Washington Redskins Sunday, 30-16.
Rams’ kicker Josh Brown finished with 10 points to lead his team in a 16-point rally to defeat their NFC East divisional opponent—Washington Redskins.
The Redskins travel to Philadelphia Sunday.