S.Carolina 77, Kent 14
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ Steve Taneyhill tied a South Carolina record with four touchdown passes, three in the first half, and Zola Davis caught three scoring passes as the Gamecocks demolished Kent 77-14 on Saturday.
Taneyhill, who completed 20-of-24 for 263 yards, threw scoring passes of 11, 4, 10, and 16 yards, playing almost exclusively in the first half. But even without him, the Gamecocks couldn’t be stopped by Kent, scoring almost every time they touched the ball.
Taneyhill’s four touchdown passes gave him 49 for his career, both totals tying records set by Todd Ellis.
The Gamecocks (2-3-1) emptied the playbook on the Golden Flashes (1-4-1), scoring by run, pass, fumble recovery and blocked punt.
Stanley Pritchett, Reggie Alexander and Scott Moritz each ran for touchdowns and Monty Means, Duce Staley and Mike Reddick also caught scoring passes.
Freshman Anthony Wright was 6-of-7 for 88 yards and TD passes of 14 yards to Reddick and 37 yards to Davis.
Lee Wiggins blocked Roger Forgatsch’s punt on the third play of the second quarter and Benji Young returned it 17 yards for a TD. Ben Washington picked up a fumble by Kent receiver Eugene Baker and scampered 15 yards for a score in the third quarter.
The Golden Flashes were held to minus-20 yards rushing and to 167 yards overall, only 33 in the first half.
With the game long over, Kent put a scoring drive together in the fourth quarter, capped by a 3-yard run by Astron Whatley. Marc O’Brian’s 15-yard pass to Kantroy Walker capped the scoring with 11 seconds left.
South Carolina failed to score only twice through three quarters. Reed Morton missed a 38-yard field goal attempt with 1:15 left in the first half and Moritz lost a fumble at the Kent 20 in the third quarter.