Feaster and the Gamecocks, of course, were upset in Charlotte by Mack Brown's UNC team that was 2-9 last season. Hunter Johnson and Northwestern lost a close game at No.25 Stanford. Kelly Bryant and Mizzou lost a very entertaining nail-biter at Wyoming.
Kelly had a tremendous game with the exception of 2 bad plays: a fumble on his own end that was scooped up for a touchdown and an INT in the Wyoming end zone that took 3 points off the board and led to a Wyoming score. That's 17 points right there, and Mizzou lost by 6. Their RB also fumbled inside the 5 yard line, and that led to 3 points for Wyoming, so another 10-point swing. Mizzou should have won that game easily by all rights, but those 3 crucial mistakes cost them the game. Kelly was 31/48 for 423 yards and and 2 TD's. That is the most yards for an SEC QB in his team debut since 1996! He also had 4 or 5 balls dropped by his receivers, including two deep balls he threw perfectly. And he netted 20 rushing yards. Although they lost tonight, I stand by what I wrote last week. I think Mizzou finishes 2nd in the SEC East, losing only at UGA. They host Florida and SCAR and don't have to play any of the big boys in the West. Speaking of which, how crazy is it going to be when Kelly Bryant goes head-to-head against Feaster and the Gamecocks in Columbia, Missouri?!
As for Feaster and the Gamecocks, Feaster had a nice 34-yard TD run in the 1st quarter but didn't do a whole lot after that. He finished with 13 carries for 72 yards. Boy, what a bad loss for the Gamecocks! UNC scored 15 unanswered in the 4th quarter to win by 24-20. You're talking about a UNC team that went 2-9 last season and has a new coaching staff with a true freshman QB! Bentley was just 16/30 for 142 yards and one TD. Bentley had 2 INT's and a fumble in crunch time at the end of the game. The 4-year starter was outplayed by the UNC true freshman.
Finally, Hunter Johnson got the start but shared time with 5th year senior T.J. Green, son of Trent Green. It was a tough game for Hunter. He played most of the game after Green left injured in the first half. After being shut out for 3 quarters, Hunter led a TD drive--mostly with his legs--to make it a 10-7 game. The defense got the ball back to give Hunter a chance with less than 2 minutes to tie or win, but he gave up a sack fumble that was taken in for a touchdown to seal the game 17-7. Hunter was 6/17 for 55 yards with 2 INT's. One of them was tipped. He had a few good runs but coughed up that big fumble to seal the game. Interesting that both Kelly and Hunter had critical fumbles that were taken back for touchdowns, both game-changers.
Shaq Smith had a much better day with Maryland, but they played Howard for goodness sake.
Terrible day for the SEC! 2 teams from the East lost to mid-majors, including Tennessee at home, and Ole Miss lost at Memphis and the Gamecocks lost to the ACC's second-worst team last season. Tennessee didn't barely lose, either. They were down 15 until Tennessee scored a TD on the final play of the game when GA State wasn't really trying to stop them. Incidentally, GA State's head coach is Sean Elliott, who was the SCAR interim head coach before Muschamp was hired. Probably a lot of Gamecock fans wishing they had kept Elliott! Lol Too bad Oregon blew it against Auburn, or it would have been one of the worst days in SEC history. Ducks should have had a 38-6 lead in the 3rd, and it would have been over, but a dropped TD, a missed chip shot FG and a fumble on the 10 allowed Auburn to stay in it and get its only lead with 9 seconds left. Top-10 Florida should have also lost to Miami. The Canes totally gave that game away. That's another team with a coach in his first game and a freshman QB, like UNC, and yet they should have beaten the Gators. By the way, SCAR has lost its last 3 games against Power Five teams, and they are all from the ACC. Lol Their last 2 losses are in Charlotte, losing 28-0 to UVA in the Belk Bowl. Not many Gamecocks shopping at Belk these days I bet!