Top-25 College Football Game Capsules
(Thursday, August 28)
Final Score: (21) Texas A&M 52, (9) South Carolina 28
Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Sophomore quarterback Kenny Hill made Texas A&M fans forget all about former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel on Thursday night and introduced them to college football's newest star. Hill broke Manziel's school record with 511 yards passing and threw for three touchdowns to lead the 21st-ranked Aggies to a stunning 52-28 win over No. 9 South Carolina in the season and SEC opener for both teams. Many felt that the early departure of Manziel, a first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, as well as top-10 picks in offensive tackle Jake Matthews and wide receiver Mike Evans, would mean a down year for Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 SEC). No one told the Aggies' new QB. Hill completed 44-of-60 passes and looked every bit the part in his first collegiate start. His 60 pass attempts were four more than Manziel's career-high 56, set as a freshman against LSU, and four off the school record set by Ryan Tannehill. Tra Carson added three rushing touchdowns for the Aggies, who put an end to South Carolina's 18-game home win streak. Malcome Kennedy had a game-high 14 receptions for 137 yards. Dylan Thompson put up big numbers for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1) in defeat, throwing for 366 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. Nick Jones was his primary target, making five catches for 113 yards and two scores.
Final Score: (18) Ole Miss 35, Boise State 13
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bo Wallace and the Rebels shook off a slow start as No. 18 Ole Miss pulled away from the Boise State Broncos in a season- opening 35-13 victory at the Georgia Dome. The Broncos hung close with the SEC program for three quarters and were within 7-6 before Wallace threw three fourth-quarter touchdown passes in the span of four offensive plays. The late flourish made Wallace's numbers look decidedly better than they did after he was picked off three times in the first half. He finished with 387 yards and four scores on 25-of-36 passes. Cody Core was on the receiving end of two touchdown passes, including a 76-yard score, while Laquon Treadwell had seven receptions for 105 yards and a TD for Ole Miss (1-0), which is sporting its highest preseason ranking since 2009. Boise State (0-1) dropped its third straight season opener, though this time the program began on a sour note under Bryan Harsin's watch. Harsin took over for Chris Petersen after the wildly successful head coach bolted for Washington prior to last year's bowl game. Grant Hedrick showed some flashes with his legs but threw four interceptions in the setback. Jay Ajayi totaled 179 yards from scrimmage and caught a late touchdown pass from Hedrick.
Final Score: (19) Arizona State 45, Weber State 14
Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - D.J. Foster rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns as the 19th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils defeated the Weber State Wildcats, 45-14, in the season opener for both teams on Thursday. Quarterback Taylor Kelly went 18-of-27 for 238 yards and a touchdown, while backup Mike Bercovici threw for 65 yards and his first career score. Kalen Ballage added a rushing touchdown for Arizona State (1-0), which won its 12th straight season opener. Jaelen Strong had a game-high 146 receiving yards on 10 catches, while Gary Chambers and Ellis Jefferson each had a receiving touchdown in the win.Billy Green completed 14 of his 29 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. Zach Smith ran for 128 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown and Shaydon Kehano led Weber State (0-1) receivers with 99 yards and a score.
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