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Marshall Leads (5) Auburn Past South Carolina, 42-35

iStock/Thinkstock(AUBURN, Ala.) -- Tigers senior quarterback Nick Marshall rushed for three touchdowns and added another one through the air, as (5) Auburn (6-1; 3-1 SEC) held off South Carolina (4-4; 2-4 SEC), 42-35 on Saturday night.

With the game tied at 35-35 with 11:22 left in the fourth quarter, Marshall scored the go-ahead touchdown on a nine-yard run. He would finish the game with 89 rushing yards on 10 carries and 139 passing yards on 12 of 14 attempts.

Senior quarterback Dylan Thompson and South Carolina’s offense stood toe-to-toe with Auburn’s defense, falling at the last second when a game-tying touchdown was intercepted in the endzone by Tigers junior defensive back Jonathan Jones.

Thompson had 402 passing yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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Who Needs Johnny? A&M Destroys SC in First Game Without Manziel

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- Texas A&M's life without quarterback Johnny Manziel started off well: the 21st-ranked Aggies destroyed 9th-ranked South Carolina 52-28 Thursday.

Not only did A&M thrive without Manziel, his replacement at quarterback, Kenny Hill, broke Manziel's single-game passing record by throwing for 511 yards, completing 44-of-60 passes and three touchdowns.

Texas A&M (1-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) was never in trouble as it mounted a 31-14 lead by halftime and scored touchdowns on seven of its first 11 offensive possessions.

Dylan Thompson completed 20-of-40 passes for 366 yards, four touchdowns and an interception for South Carolina (0-1, 0-1 SEC), which had its 18-game home win streak snapped.

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Texans Take Clowney with First Pick in NFL Draft

Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick of the NFL Draft Thursday.

While there seemed little doubt to most prognosticators that Clowney would go first, there was at least one person that wasn't sure of that; Clowney.

"I'm feeling overwhelmed," said Clowney, who only found out Houston had selected him three minutes before the team's clock hit zero. "I'm feeling great right now. It's just a blessing, man. I appreciate it. I'm just glad to be a part of the Houston Texans."

Clowney becomes the first defensive player to be selected with the first pick since 2006, when the Texans selected defensive end Mario Williams.

The 6-foot-5, 266-pound Clowney played three seasons for South Carolina. During that time he recorded 24 sacks, the third most in school history.

Rounding out the top five Thursday were offensive tackle Greg Robinson (Rams), quarterback Blake Bortles (Jaguars), receiver Sammy Watkins (Bills) and linebacker Khalil Mack (Raiders).

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/1/14

Banana Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NCAAF: Gator Bowl:  Nebraska 24 (9-4) - (22) Georgia 19 (8-5)

Rose Bowl:  (4) Michigan State 24 (13-1) - (5) Stanford 20 (11-3)

Fiesta Bowl:  (15) UCF 52 (12-1) - (6) Baylor 42 (11-2)

Heart Of Dallas Bowl:  North Texas 36 (9-4) - UNLV 14 (7-6)

Outback Bowl:  (16) LSU 21 (10-3) - Iowa 14 (8-5)

Capital One Bowl:  (9) South Carolina 34 (11-2) - (19) Wisconsin 24 (9-4)

NBA:  Dallas Mavericks 87 (19-13) - Washington Wizards 78 (14-15)

Toronto Raptors 95 (15-15) - Indiana Pacers 82 (25-6)

Minnesota Timberwolves 124 (16-16) - New Orleans Pelicans 112 (14-16)

Philadelphia 76ers 114 (10-21) - Denver Nuggets 102 (14-17)

Los Angeles Clippers 112 (22-12) - Charlotte Bobcats 85 (

NHL:  Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (21-16-5, 47 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (18-14-10, 46 pts) SO

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (24-12-4, 52 pts) - Vancouver Canucks 2 (23-12-7, 53 pts)

NCAAB:  (21) San Diego State 71 (11-1) - Colorado State 61 (9-5)

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South Carolina Rolls Over Coastal Carolina 70-10

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) --  South Carolina only needed its starters for less than one quarter to take care of business.

Connor Shaw threw a touchdown pass and ran for another as the No. 11 Gamecocks steamrolled Coastal Carolina 70-10 on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (9-2) scored their most points ever in Steve Spurrier's nine seasons as head coach.  They scored touchdowns on their first six possessions of the game and were able to rest several starters in advance of next week's clash with Clemson.

Shaw improved to 25-5 as a starter and the Gamecocks won their record 17th-straight game at home.

"Obviously, this is pretty special to me and just the way we did it, too," Shaw said. "The whole offense played well."

Coastal Carolina (10-2) managed just 39 yards in the first quarter and found themselves trailing 28-0 early.  Alex Ross passed for 168 yards and one touchdown in the loss.

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(20) South Carolina Outlasts (5) Missouri In 2OT, 27-24

iStockphoto(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Senior quarterback Connor Shaw rallied the Gamecocks from a 17-point deficit to lead No. 20 South Carolina (6-2; 4-2 SEC) to a 27-24 double overtime victory over No. 5 Missouri (7-1; 3-1 SEC) Saturday night.

Shaw began the game on the bench with a left knee sprain. He took over in the third quarter for junior passer Dylan Thompson with South Carolina trailing, 17-0.

Shaw would proceed to toss two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including one with 42 seconds remaining, to send the game into overtime.

In the second overtime, freshman kicker Elliott Fry booted a 40-yard field goal to give South Carolina a three point lead. Missouri came up empty on their final opportunity when sophomore kicker Andrew Baggett’s 24-yard field goal attempt hit off the left goal post.

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Jadeveon Clowney Back at Practice for South Carolina

AL Messerschmidt/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, S.C.) --  Injured All-American defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney returned to practice Wednesday for No.14 South Carolina, but his status is still uncertain for Saturday's game against Arkansas.

Clowney has been suffering from a strained muscle near his rib cage, which kept him out of practice on Monday and Tuesday.

He pulled himself from last week's 35-28 win over Kentucky last week shortly before kickoff because he said he was in too much pain.

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday he's hopeful Clowney will be able to play against the Razorbacks.

The 6-foot-6, 274 pound Clowney has 12 total tackles for the Gamecocks this season, with just two sacks.

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Former LSU Head Coach Paul Dietzel Passes Away At 89

ThinkStock(NEW ORLEANS) -- Former LSU head football coach Paul Dietzel, who led the Tigers to their first national championship in 1958, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89.

Dietzel roamed the sidelines for LSU from 1955 until 1961, where he compiled a record of 46-24-3, including 20-16-2 in the SEC. He later went on to coach Army and South Carolina, before returning to LSU as athletics director in 1978.

During LSU’s national championship season, Dietzel guided the Tigers to a perfect 11-0 record and a 7-0 victory over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. He was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1988 and the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

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(11) Georgia Knocks Off (6) South Carolina 41-30

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(ATHENS, GA) --  Aaron Murray threw four touchdown passes as the 11th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs knocked off No. 6 South Carolina 41-30 on Saturday.

Georgia was coming off a season-opening loss to Clemson, and could not afford another loss if they want to be considered national title contenders.

"Everybody kept playing hard," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said.  "Murray made a couple of plays, we ran the ball much better.  The offensive line really did a beautiful job even on the last drive to be able to finish the game like that.  They could have scored a couple times if we didn't finish the game so I'm just real proud of everybody."

Todd Gurley provided a spark to Georgia's offense, rushing for 136 yards and scoring two touchdowns.

Mike Davis led South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC) with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown, but he was stuffed on on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1 to help Georgia preserve the lead.

The two teams combined for 990 total yards.

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South Carolina Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney Feeling Confident

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) -- All eyes will be on South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney this season and his quest for the Heisman Trophy. And Clowney is feeling as confident as ever heading into the 2013 season.

Many felt that if Clowney were eligible for this past year's NFL Draft, he would have been the number one pick. He finished the 2012 season with 54 tackles and 13 sacks.

Clowney is so confident about his 2013 prospects, that he says quarterbacks like Clemson's Tajh Boyd are afraid to play against him.

"I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there," Clowney said. "He ain't no sitting duck but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-lineman."

"You can look at a guy and tell he's scared," Clowney added. "If he's staring at me before the ball is snapped and he's staring at me every play before that ball is snapped, oh we got him. I tell the player's that he's shook."

In South Carolina's regular-season finale against Clemson last season, Clowney had 4.5 sacks and Boyd also tossed two interceptions.

The last defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy was Charles Woodson in 1997.

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