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                    === No. 6 South Carolina handles UNC ===
 
 Columbia,  SC (Sports  Network)  - Connor  Shaw  passed for  149  yards and  a
 touchdown  and Mike Davis rushed for 115 yards and a score, as the No. 6 South
 Carolina  Gamecocks opened the 2013 season with a 27-10 victory over the North
 Carolina Tar Heels on Thursday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
 
 Shaw  completed 11-of-20 passes and hit Shaq Roland for a 65-yard touchdown on
 South  Carolina's third  play from  scrimmage, while  backup Dylan  Thompson's
 only throw went for a 29-yard touchdown to Kane Whitehurst.
 
 "Connor did alright I think. He didn't have any picks, he only threw 20
 passes, and he kept running and stopping," said South Carolina head coach
 Steve Spurrier. "He'd run in there, stop and get knocked backwards. That's not
 like him. At least he can dive in there for two or three yards."
 
 Davis  broke free for  a 75-yard touchdown and needed just 12 carries to cross
 the  100-yard  plateau, as the Gamecocks  (1-0), coming off an impressive 11-2
 campaign last year, won their 14th consecutive season opener.
 
 Heisman hopeful Jadeveon Clowney had a quiet night, registering just three
 tackles and no sacks. The 2012 SEC Defensive Player of the Year had the leave
 the game several times to catch his breath.
 
 North  Carolina  signal-caller Bryn  Renner completed  26-of-43 passes for 194
 yards  and  a touchdown, while  Romar Morris carried the  ball 15 times for 69
 yards  for the Tar Heels (0-1), who went 8-4 last season and finished tied for
 first  place in  the ACC,  but were  ineligible for  a bowl  game due  to NCAA
 sanctions.
 
 "We played a really good football team tonight. They have some really good
 players and coaches and we didn't play the way we wanted to play," said UNC
 head coach Larry Fedora. "We knew it would be tough coming in here to their
 stadium and playing a game in this situation and I was disappointed in the way
 that we played in all three phases of the game, but you have to give South
 Carolina credit they are a good football team."
 
 The game was delayed nearly two hours due to a lightning strike in the fourth
 quarter.
 
 Shaw's  first pass of  the 2013 season produced his team's first points, as he
 found  Roland  behind the defense for  a 65-yard score  to make it 7-0 just 79
 seconds into the game.
 
 After  a UNC  punt, Shaw  picked up  a first  down on  3rd-and-5 early  in the
 Gamecocks'  ensuing march  and on  4th-and-2 from  the UNC  30, Brandon  Wilds
 surged  up the middle  and appeared to be stopped short of the first down, but
 kept his legs churning to pick up eight yards and a fresh set of downs.
 
 The  drive stalled  there however, forcing the Gamecocks to settle for Elliott
 Fry's 39-yard field goal to make it 10-0.
 
 Following a quick three-and-out from the Tar Heels, South Carolina converted a
 pair  of third  downs before Thompson took  over under center and found a wide
 open  Whitehurst in the back right corner of the end zone for a 29-yard TD and
 a 17-0 cushion.
 
 The  Tar Heels finally  got their offense going early in the second, as Renner
 converted  a 4th-and-2 from the South Carolina 25 with an 11-yard toss to Jack
 Tabb for a fresh set of downs.
 
 Renner picked up another first down with an 8-yard completion to Eric Ebron on
 3rd-and-8  and  two plays  later, the North  Carolina quarterback hit Quinshad
 Davis on a slant route for a 4-yard score to bring the Tar Heels within 17-7.
 
 After  an  exchange of  punts, Fry buried  a 26-yard field  goal to send South
 Carolina into the break with a 20-7 cushion.
 
 The Tar Heels turned the opening possession of the second half into points, as
 Renner converted a 4th-and-11 from the South Carolina 30 with a 13-yard strike
 to Mark McNeill to keep the trek moving.
 
 Morris broke free for 14 yards down to the Gamecocks' 6-yard line, but on 3rd-
 and-goal  from the 2, Renner misfired on a pass, setting up Thomas Moore's 20-
 yard field goal to bring the Heels within 20-10.
 
 South  Carolina responded quickly, as Davis broke free down the right sideline
 and  outran the defense  for a 75-yard score on the Gamecocks' first play from
 scrimmage to make it 27-10.
 
 South  Carolina's defense  stifled the  Tar  Heels from  there, forcing  three
 straight punts from the North Carolina offense.
 
 Following the two-hour delay midway through the fourth,  the Tar  Heels had  a
 prime  opportunity to  trim their  deficit, but Renner  was  stopped at  the
 goal  line on 4th-and-goal  from the 2-yard line, giving South Carolina the
 ball and ending UNC's hopes of a comeback.
 
 "Our defense took back a big play, and then we held them down around the goal
 line. Our offense wasn't very good in the fourth quarter, but we did some good
 running and obviously hit some big plays in the game," Spurrier said.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 It  was  the 56th  all-time  meeting  between  these  two programs,  with  UNC
 holding  a 34-18-4 advantage ... South Carolina's No. 6 ranking is the highest
 preseason ranking in school history ... UNC hasn't won at South Carolina since
 Sept.  9, 1983 ...  Renner has not thrown an interception in his last 134 pass
 attempts  dating  back to last  season ... Wilds finished  with 64 yards on 12
 carries for the Gamecocks ... Shaw added 43 rushing yards on 12 carries.
 
 08/30 01:09:29 ET

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