The 2015 NCAA College Football action is underway as South Carolina and North Carolina take the field at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, to continue their rivalry.
The Tar Heels lead 13-10 at halftime, while Marquise Williams, after being intercepted early, bounced back to find Bug Howard from 21 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
South Carolina rookie quarterback Connor Mitch also recovered from a slow start to find Pharoh Cooper for a 9-yard touchdown that tied up the score in the second quarter.
North Carolina then collected field goals from Nick Weiler, from 47 yd and Nick Weiler from 38 yd to take the lead into the break.
“North Carolina are outplaying us at the moment,” said Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. “They look better than us.”
Before those plays though, it had been a slow start from both teams, with QB Mitch struggling in the early going to find a rhythm.
Mitch, who went 0-of-5 in passes to start the game, had been indecisive with his decision to run the ball or throw it and the North Carolina defense has been working him out.
Spurrier mixed things up a bit with his ball distributors – using Mitch, 5 of 14 for 74 yards and one touchdown, Perry Orth, who was 2 of 2 for 24 yards and Pharoh Cooper, as his quarterbacks at various times in the first half.
Don’t forget that still to come is the clash between No. 2 TCU against Minnesota 8:00 PM, also live on ESPN & WatchESPN.
TCU is the highest-ranked team in action tonight. All eyes will be on Heisman hopeful Trevone Boykin, last season’s Big 12 offensive player of the year. Minnesota, meanwhile, hasn’t faced an AP Top-2 opponent since 2006 — a 44-0 loss at No. 1 Ohio St. The game starts on ESPNNEWS pending the competing of UNC/South Carolina. Watch live