UNC vs. South Carolina 2013 final score: 'Cocks win lightning-delayed opener

Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

A lightning storm delayed South Carolina's comfortable 27-10 victory over North Carolina with eight minutes to play.

The No. 6 South Carolina Gamecocks jumped to a 17-point first quarter lead and ran to a weather-hampered 27-10 win over North Carolina Thursday night. With 8:20 left to play in the fourth quarter, a lightning storm broke out, delaying the game for nearly two hours before the skies cleared.


The Gamecocks opened the scoring with a 65-yard pass to Shaq Roland. After a 39-yard field goal and a Kane Whitehurst touchdown catch, South Carolina held a comfortable 17-0 lead.

North Carolina staged a brief comeback, with a Brynn Renner touchdown pass and Thomas Moore 20-yard field goal capping two long Tar Heel drives and narrowing the South Carolina lead to 20-10 halfway through the third quarter. Just three plays later, though, Gamecocks running back Mike Davis broke a run down the right sideline for a 75-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw finished 11/19 passing for 149 yards and a score. Mike Davis ran for 115 yards and a touchdown, with Brandon Wilds adding 64 yards on the ground. Shaq Roland led the Gamecock receivers with 75 yards on two catches.

For North Carolina, quarterback Bryn Renner went 26/43 for 194 yards and a touchdown. Romar Morris led the Tar Heels with 69 yards rushing, while A.J. Blue added 37 yards on eight carries. Quinshad Davis caught four passes for 39 yards. Eric Ebron and Mark McNeil each caught three passes.

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