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Samuel's 3 TDs lift South Carolina over NC State 35-28

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) When Gamecocks quarterback Jake Bentley rolled out of the pocket and heaved a ball downfield in the direction of a streaking Deebo Samuel he had complete faith his favorite target was going to haul it in.

Well, sort of.

''If he would have dropped that pass in the end zone I might have killed him,'' Bentley said with a laugh.

He didn't drop it.

Instead, Samuel reached out and snared the ball with one hand in the corner of the end zone for a 39-yard touchdown reception, giving South Carolina the lead and propelling them to a 35-28 victory over North Carolina State in the season opener for both teams.

Samuel returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score and caught two touchdown passes from Bentley in an impressive victory over a Wolfpack team that started the season five spots outside of the Top 25.

''He probably won't say it, but I don't think anyone in the country can guard him,'' Bentley said of Samuel.

Deebo, what do you think?

''No comment,'' he said with a smile as the press room erupted in laughter.

Samuel may not be much of a talker, but he certainly can play.

He finished with five catches for 83 yards and his kickoff return set the tone for the game. North Carolina State pulled even three times, but could never grab the lead.

''We work on scramble drills every other day in practice and when he rolled out I kept running,'' Samuel said. ''When I see the ball coming I knew I had to make a play.''

''Phenomenal catch,'' Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said.

Bentley threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, including strikes of 39 and 6 yards to Samuel as the Gamecocks won their 17th season opener in the last 18 years.

Gamecocks safety D.J. Smith broke up a pass from Ryan Finley in the end zone on fourth and goal with six seconds left to preserve the win.

Finley threw for 415 yards and two touchdowns on 45-of-64 passing for North Carolina State. Jaylen Samuels had 15 catches for 85 yards and a touchdown and Kelvin Harmon had 10 for 114 yards for the Wolfpack.

But the Gamecocks scored 14 points off two North Carolina State turnovers, which turned out to be the difference in the game.

''Turnovers is a skillset we work on every day and he will have to look at as a staff how we're coaching it,'' Doeren said.

The biggest came in the third quarter right after Samuel's touchdown catch.

South Carolina defensive end Dante Sawyer came crashing through the line and sacked Finley, stripping him of the ball. Bryson Allen-Williams hopped on the loose ball at the Wolfpack 13.

Two plays later Rico Dowdle scored on a 7-yard run for a 14-point lead.

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THE TAKEAWAY:

South Carolina: Bentley has been touted by some as a NFL-level quarterback and he displayed that promise on Saturday with some precise passes, none better than the 39-yard strike to Samuel. It was a huge win for a team that was a combined 16-22 over the past three seasons but finished strong last year to make a bowl game.

''This sets the tone for the season,'' Bentley said.

NC State: Entered the season with high hopes after returning 18 starters from last year, including 11 seniors - the highest number in at least a quarter-century. So this was a huge setback for a program looking to take the next step with a statement win. Two of the biggest concerns have to be the lack of a running game.

THE GREAT START: Samuel got the season started in style for South Carolina, taking the opening kickoff and bouncing to the outside and racing up the field. Only one player touched him as he turned on the afterburners and outran the field.

STAT GAME: South Carolina won despite being limited to 31 yards rushing on 21 carries and being outgained 504-246.

KICKING WOES: N.C. State brought in graduate transfer Carson Wise to solve its kicking woes, but the former Division II player from Carson-Newman shanked his first field-goal attempt of the season from 29 yards off the left goal post. Coach Dave Doeren last week called Wise ''really level-headed.''

SUSPENSION: Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said offensive tackle Will Richardson was suspended for the first two games of the season for a violation of team rules. He said it stems from an undisclosed incident that occurred back in the spring.

UP NEXT

South Carolina: Will travel next Saturday to face Missouri, which defeated Missouri State 72-43 in the season opener.

NC State: Hosts Marshall next Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 12:21
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
35
Touchdown 12:21
15-R.Finley complete to 1-J.Samuels. 1-J.Samuels runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
-44
yds
02:39
pos
27
35
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 9:08
42-A.Woznick extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
35
Touchdown 9:08
5-R.Dowdle runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
-40
yds
01:16
pos
21
34
Point After TD 11:54
42-A.Woznick extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
28
Touchdown 11:54
19-J.Bentley complete to 1-D.Samuel. 1-D.Samuel runs 39 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
-2
yds
01:25
pos
21
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:09
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 0:09
15-R.Finley complete to 11-J.Meyers. 11-J.Meyers runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
36
yds
01:38
pos
20
21
Point After TD 10:02
42-A.Woznick extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 10:02
19-J.Bentley complete to 1-D.Samuel. 1-D.Samuel runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
2
yds
03:18
pos
14
20
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:46
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 0:46
7-N.Hines runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
17
yds
03:07
pos
13
14
Point After TD 3:53
42-A.Woznick extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 3:53
19-J.Bentley complete to 5-R.Dowdle. 5-R.Dowdle runs 34 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
22
yds
04:58
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:56
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 8:56
15-R.Finley runs 6 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
22
yds
05:51
pos
6
7
Point After TD 14:47
42-A.Woznick extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 14:47
92-K.Bambard kicks 62 yards from NCST 35. 1-D.Samuel runs 97 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
5
yds
00:13
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 29 12
Rushing 7 4
Passing 21 8
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 9-20 5-12
4th Down Conv 2-4 0-0
Total Net Yards 476 230
Total Plays 99 50
Avg Gain 4.8 4.6
Net Yards Rushing 89 33
Rush Attempts 35 21
Avg Rush Yards 2.5 1.6
Net Yards Passing 387 197
Comp. - Att. 45-64 17-29
Yards Per Pass 6.0 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-28 2-18
Penalties - Yards 14-130 6-30
Touchdowns 4 5
Rushing TDs 2 1
Passing TDs 2 3
Other 0 1
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 4-49.0 6-46.7
Return Yards 79 167
Punts - Returns 3-40 3-26
Kickoffs - Returns 2-39 4-141
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 4/5 5/5
Extra Points 4/4 5/5
Field Goals 0/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
NC State 0-1 1470728
South Carolina 1-0 14714035
387 PASS YDS 197
89 RUSH YDS 33
476 TOTAL YDS 230
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.3% 415 2 0 135.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.3% 415 2 0 135.1
R. Finley 45/64 415 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 81 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
15 81 1
N. Hines 15 81 1 19
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 27 0
R. Gallaspy II 13 27 0 8
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
J. Samuels 1 9 0 9
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
S. Louis 1 -6 0 -6
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -22 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 -22 1
R. Finley 5 -22 1 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 114 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 114 0
K. Harmon 10 114 0 24
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
15 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 85 1
J. Samuels 15 85 1 11
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 62 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 62 1
J. Meyers 5 62 1 32
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 39 0
S. Louis 5 39 0 12
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 32 0
N. Hines 4 32 0 15
C. Cook 48 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 29 0
C. Cook 1 29 0 29
C. Riley 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 27 0
C. Riley 2 27 0 21
E. Emezie 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
E. Emezie 1 14 0 14
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
R. Gallaspy II 2 13 0 11
G. Locklear 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
G. Locklear 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Fernandez 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
J. Fernandez 7-2 0.0 0
B. Chubb 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
B. Chubb 5-0 0.0 0
S. Boone 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
S. Boone 3-2 1.0 0
N. McCloud 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
N. McCloud 3-0 0.0 0
J. Morehead 31 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
J. Morehead 3-3 0.0 0
J. Alston 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 1.0
J. Alston 3-0 1.0 1
G. Pratt 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
G. Pratt 2-1 0.0 0
K. Street 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Street 2-0 0.0 0
B. Hill 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Hill 2-0 0.0 0
D. Roseboro 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Roseboro 1-0 0.0 0
D. Wright 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Wright 1-1 0.0 0
T. Kidd-Glass 34 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Kidd-Glass 0-1 0.0 0
E. Bryant 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
E. Bryant 0-2 0.0 0
F. Phillips 10 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
F. Phillips 0-1 0.0 0
A. Moore 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Moore 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Wise 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
0/1 4/4
C. Wise 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 49.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 49.0 2
A. Cole III 4 49.0 2 69
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 19.5 27 0
N. Hines 2 19.5 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 13.3 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 13.3 29 0
N. Hines 3 13.3 29 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 215 3 1 148.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.6% 215 3 1 148.1
J. Bentley 17/29 215 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 27 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 27 1
R. Dowdle 12 27 1 7
D. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
D. Samuel 1 5 0 5
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
A. Turner 1 2 0 2
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 1 0
J. Bentley 6 1 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 83 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 83 2
D. Samuel 5 83 2 39
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
B. Edwards 5 55 0 26
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 51 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 51 1
R. Dowdle 2 51 1 34
S. Smith 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 23 0
S. Smith 3 23 0 10
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
T. Williams 1 5 0 5
D. Sawyer 95 DL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Sawyer 0 0 0 0
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
H. Hurst 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Brunson 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-4 0 0.0
T. Brunson 11-4 0.0 0
J. King 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
J. King 7-0 0.0 0
D. Smith 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
D. Smith 7-0 0.0 0
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
C. Lammons 6-2 0.0 0
T. Stallworth 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
T. Stallworth 6-1 0.0 0
S. Moore 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
S. Moore 5-4 0.0 0
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
R. Fenton 5-1 0.0 0
D. Wonnum 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
D. Wonnum 4-3 1.0 0
K. Thomas 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
K. Thomas 4-1 1.0 0
D. Sawyer 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
D. Sawyer 3-2 1.0 0
B. Allen-Williams 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
B. Allen-Williams 3-1 1.0 0
J. Williams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Williams 2-0 0.0 0
U. Jones 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
U. Jones 2-1 0.0 0
A. Sterling 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Sterling 1-0 0.0 0
D. Fennell 35 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
D. Fennell 1-1 0.0 0
S. Greene 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Greene 1-1 0.0 0
K. Smith 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
E. Thompson 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Thompson 1-0 0.0 0
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Bentley 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Woznick 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
0/0 5/5
A. Woznick 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Charlton 20 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 46.7 0
J. Charlton 6 46.7 0 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 14.7 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 14.7 18 0
A. Turner 3 14.7 18 0
D. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 97.0 97 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 97.0 97 0
D. Samuel 1 97.0 97 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 8.7 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 8.7 26 0
C. Lammons 3 8.7 26 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 NCST 25 5:51 16 75 TD
3:53 NCST 25 3:07 10 17 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:45 NCST 24 1:16 6 -1 FUMBLE
10:02 NCST 25 5:23 13 63 FG Miss
1:47 NCST 21 1:38 12 79 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 25 1:30 5 15 Punt
11:42 NCST 33 1:08 3 54 FUMBLE
9:02 NCST 13 3:30 6 7 Punt
3:38 NCST 21 0:52 4 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SC 14 2:39 7 -44 TD
11:22 NCST 31 3:12 6 18 Punt
5:49 NCST 48 1:08 5 21
3:06 NCST 28 2:51 15 62
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 35 0:13 3 -5 TD
8:51 SC 20 4:58 12 22 TD
0:39 SC 27 0:35 2 4 End of quarter
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:20 NCST 40 3:18 9 40 TD
4:33 SC 20 2:38 6 15 Punt
0:04 SC 33 0:00 1 -2 End of quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:19 SC 49 1:25 5 46 TD
10:24 NCST 13 1:16 4 18 TD
5:23 SC 36 1:32 3 3 Punt
2:35 SC 3 1:30 4 -4 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:21 SC 25 0:52 3 6 INT
7:58 SC 6 1:50 4 11 Punt
4:34 SC 31 1:16 3 2 Punt
0:06 SC 10 0:00 1 0 End of game