COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kenny Hill looked more than ready to replace Johnny Manziel on the field. He is still getting used to the attention that goes along with the job.
Hill broke Manziel’s passing record for one game with 511 yards and No. 21 Texas A&M beat No. 9 South Carolina 52-28 on Thursday night, ending the Gamecocks’ 18-game home win streak.
Hill looked poised and confident in his first start, leading the Aggies (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to the most total and passing yards against South Carolina. The sophomore completed 44 of 60 passes with three touchdowns.
“We aren’t a one-trick pony,” Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin said.
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But Hill would like a different nickname: “I don’t really like ‘Kenny Football.’ ”
Hill helped Texas A&M to a 31-14 halftime lead and finished up with the most passing yards allowed in Steve Spurrier’s 10 seasons with the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1).
TEMPE, Ariz. — D.J. Foster ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, Jaelen Strong had 10 catches for 146 yards, and No. 19 Arizona State opened its season with a 45-14 rout over Weber State.
The Sun Devils’ young defense was sharp in its debut, harassing Weber State quarterback Billy Green and stuffing the Wildcats’ running game before the starters came out.
Arizona State’s quick-hitting offense overcame a slow start, marching over the Wildcats for 570 total yards.
Taylor Kelly threw for 238 yards on 18-of-27 passing, helping the Sun Devils build a 31-0 lead before sitting out the second half.
LOS ANGELES — Running back Anthony Brown has quit USC, and coach Steve Sarkisian was stunned by Brown’s apparent accusations of racism against him on social media.
A photo of the words “Couldn’t play for a racist man!!!!” was posted on what USC said was Brown’s Instagram account. The posting was later deleted.
“Sark treated me like a slave in his Office,” was posted in the caption to the photo.
Sarkisian was told about the apparent posts from Brown, who is black, shortly after USC finished practice. The visibly disturbed coach called them “ridiculous,” saying Brown had shown no indication he felt slighted or insulted in their relationship.
“If you ask anybody in our building, any of our players … that’s about the furthest thing from the truth,” Sarkisian said. “Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”
No. 18 Mississippi 35, Boise St. 13
In Atlanta, Bo Wallace threw four touchdown passes in a sloppy season opener and Mississippi pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State.
Ole Miss led only 7-6 entering the fourth quarter before finishing off Boise State when Wallace threw for TDs on three consecutive throws, ruining the debut of new Broncos coach Bryan Harsin.
At Utah 56, Idaho State 14
Kaelin Clay had two returns for touchdowns and Devontae Booker rushed for two more scores to boost Utah past Idaho State.
Utah posted three touchdown drives of less than 42 seconds and added two other scores on kick returns.
Clay returned a punt 46 yards for his first touchdown. In the second half Clay broke away for a 100-yard kickoff return.
The game marked the return of Utah quarterback Trevor Wilson, who had 265 yards passing.
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