South Carolina, Ole Miss score big on opening night

Jeff Scott scores on a 75-yard run to help Ole Miss beat Vandy. (AP)

Jeff Scott scores on a 75-yard run with just more than a minute left to help Ole Miss beat Vandy. (AP)

If you’re shrugging off the effects of an SEC hangover this morning, nobody will blame you for staying up late to watch Ole Miss’ tremendous victory over Vanderbilt.

And if you made it to the end of Fresno State’s 52-52 OT win over Rutgers, then more power to you for somehow pushing back the covers and rising only a few hours after it ended.

But let’s focus on the SEC.

South Carolina showed an ability for big plays in its 27-10 defeat of North Carolina, but more folks are talking about Jadeveon Clowney’s “conditioning” than anything today. He’ll be even more heavily scrutinized as the season progresses and won’t be able to take plays off without receiving a huge amount of criticism as he waits for next year’s NFL Draft.

I was impressed with the Gamecocks’ defense and look forward watching to next week’s game against Georgia. (What do y’all think?)

If the rest of the SEC season is anything like Ole Miss’ 39-35 win over Vanderbilt, then fasten your seat belts and put your tray tables in their upright and locked position.

The Rebels scored 29 points in the second half, including Jeff Scott’s game-winning, 75-yard TD run with 67 seconds left, for the win.

It’s amazing to think Vanderbilt carried a seven-game winning streak into that game.

Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews was remarkable, and Ole Miss’ freshmen like Laquon Treadwell and Robert Nkemdiche are ready for the SEC.

And just think. They were the first two games this opening weekend.

Enjoy.

What are your thoughts on the first two games? What are you looking forward to seeing this weekend?

45 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

August 30th, 2013
4:01 pm

WetWilly
Putting words in peoples mouths again?

Tampa Gator

August 30th, 2013
3:49 pm

You can rest assured South Carolina and Spurrier were holding a lot back for Georgia. Clowney did look and act like he had been sick. No stamina at all. I think he will play an entirely different game vs. Georgia next week. It is going to be a battle.

Thy hogan

August 30th, 2013
2:59 pm

God bless America! Freedom ain’t free! Support our troops! Hail the Navy!

Buddy Landel

August 30th, 2013
1:37 pm

Where was that “tough SEC defense” in this game? It looked like a high school game with all the blown assignments and missed tackles. Maybe a great football game to the casual fan, but to those that really pay attention to the game, I would just classify it as close.
Vandy will get exposed this year. Last year, we were fed that they were an “up and coming team” and may be ready to join the 2nd Tier teams of the SEC. In reality, they made a few big plays last year, but a majority of the false promise was due to a soft schedule.

WetWillie

August 30th, 2013
1:21 pm

NCpuppy…man you are so full of schit.So you and Arkiepuppy see no hope for USCe. UGA SOS just another year.

NCDawg

August 30th, 2013
1:14 pm

Clowney embarrassed himself last night, folks. He was sucking wind 1/2 way through the first quater. He had no sacks. He was avirtual no factor except for demanding a little attention and a specific gameplan to minimize his impact.

So much for Heisman hype… a decent game keeps his name out there… a no show like last night puts a fork in it. No modern defense should be that effected by normal August heat… they have practiced in those conditions for a month. I don’t buy that excuse.

NCDawg

August 30th, 2013
1:05 pm

gbal – I miss the old days when you could turn down the TV and put on Munson… now the delay is so great that you can’t do it. Scott Howard does a good job but you can’t watch a game any more and listen to the radio because of the delay. It sux…

I have never been a big fan of any of the National broadcast teams… not one of them. They pick a favorite and lean on it all game along. last night it was South carolina… you can bet it will be Clemson on Saturday night.

I tune out most of the blah blah blah from the announcers because 98% of it is inane crap that ANY real fan would know.

ARdawg

August 30th, 2013
12:17 pm

SC didn’t dominate. Take away a couple of big plays and it was a fairly even game

lawzoo

August 30th, 2013
11:52 am

Carolina won without any doubt throughout the game about the outcome. Clowney was “gassed” ?
Uh, 100+degrees on the field and held every play . Also a stomach bug and could only eat a few grapes and a little other fruit for the pre-game meal.

UNC isn’t good but there was plenty of “High powered ” offense to listen to before the game….that scored 10 points.

Arthur Redding, Jr.

August 30th, 2013
11:41 am

A solid, but unimpressive win by South Carolina.

With the Ole Miss–Vandy game, (exciting as it was at the end) I found the commentators distracting–how many times can you say Nkemdiche was the No. 1 recruit last year and has great physical tools? They seemed to know nothing about the Vandy players.