Who needs Johnny Football?
It didn’t take long for the first stunner of the college football season. On opening night in Columbia, the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks were taken to task by No. 21 Texas A&, 52-28, in the Aggies’ first game of the post-Johnny Manziel era.
Fittingly, the star of the contest was Manziel’s replacement, Kenny Hill. The sophomore signal caller, and son of a former major league pitcher, completed 44 of 60 passes for 511 yards—breaking the 2012 Heisman winner’s single-game record.
Two of his three touchdown tosses came in the second quarter as Kevin Sumlin’s club opened up a 31-14 lead at halftime and made top draft pick Jadeveon Clowney’s absence painfully apparent.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 28, 2014
Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier was probably wishing there were preseason games in college football, as his team—widely predicted to compete for the Southeastern Conference title—couldn’t recover from that large early deficit.
A&M not only pulled off the upset, but also snapped South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak—the longest active run in the nation heading into Thursday night.