Monday, September 6, 2010

Short-Handed Heels Can’t Catch Tigers, Everybody Else Wins

#21 LSU 30, NORTH CAROLINA 24 – Against all odds, undermanned North Carolina nearly rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit before losing 30-24 to LSU on Saturday night.

Patrick Peterson had 257 yards - including an 87-yard touchdown - on kickoff and punt returns, leading No. 21 LSU (1-0) to a 30-10 halftime lead. Not surprising, given the Tar Heels were missing 13 key players because of an NCAA investigation over relationships with agents and possible academic violations.

But No. 18 North Carolina (0-1) made a game of it, scoring two second-half touchdowns, then getting two shots at the win after recovering an onside kick and a fumble. T.J. Yates drove the Heels to the LSU 2-yard line and got off a pair of passes into the end zone after throwing for a career-high 412 yards.

Both slipped through the hands of Zack Pianalto.

Hey, give the Tar Heels credit - it looked as though they were headed for a blowout.

DUKE 41, Elon 27 – Sean Renfree threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns in his first college start, and Duke opened its season by beating Elon 41-27 on Saturday night. He finished 31 of 39 while his favorite target, Conner Vernon, caught 10 passes for a career-high 129 yards.

Ramseur, NC’s favorite son and T.A.H. stalwart Scott Riddle was 22 of 42 for 281 yards and a touchdown and an 11-yard TD run for Elon.

VIRGINIA 34, Richmond 13 – Keith Payne ran for four touchdowns and Virginia ended a four-year losing streak in season openers with a 34-13 victory against Richmond on Saturday night.

Payne carried 16 times for 114 yards. He had consecutive carries of 15, 13 and 15 yards on the third scoring drive, each time carrying several defenders along.

N.C. STATE 48, Western Carolina 7 – T Russell Wilson passed for 306 yards and four touchdowns to help North Carolina State defeat Western Carolina 48-7 on Saturday night.

Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes, engineering seven consecutive scoring drives as the Wolfpack won their season opener for the first time in four tries under coach Tom O'Brien.

CLEMSON 35, North Texas 10 – Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper each scored twice for Clemson in a 35-10 victory over North Texas on Saturday that showed there's life for the Tigers without ACC player of the year C.J. Spiller.

BOSTON COLLEGE 38, Weber State 20 – Dave Shinskie rebounded from an interception on the first play of the season by throwing touchdowns on consecutive first-quarter drives and Boston College--bolstered by the return of cancer-survivor Mark Herzlich-- rolled past Weber State 38-20 on Saturday in the schools' season opener. 

#20 FLORIDA STATE 59, Samford 6 – Florida State slams Samford, 59-6, in Jimbo Fisher's first game as head football coach at Florida State University.

GEORGIA TECH 41, South Carolina State 10 – Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns, Roddy Jones added two scoring runs and No. 16 Georgia Tech beat South Carolina State 41-10 on Saturday.

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