Towson’s Terrance West ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns and the Tigers upset Connecticut, 33-18, Thursday night in the teams’ season opener at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
Towson had never beaten a team from the Bowl Subdivision, and UConn had not lost to a Championship Subdivision team since 2001, when the Huskies were making the transition from Division 1-AA to Division 1. Towson is ranked 11th in the FCS.
West had a career-high 36 carries and put the game away with two fourth-quarter scores. Peter Athens threw for 192 yards and another score, and running back Sterlin Phifer caught a 23-yard touchdown pass and ran for a TD.
Shakim Phillips had two touchdown catches for UConn and Geremy Davis caught five passes for 100 yards.
The Huskies were held scoreless in the second half until quarterback Chandler Whitmer hit Phillips with a 21-yard touchdown pass with 3:29 left, cutting the deficit to 26-18.
But freshman Brian Lemelle fumbled a punt and gave the Tigers the ball back. West then scored from 5 yards with 16 seconds left.
South Carolina 27, North Carolina 10 — Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson each threw a long scoring pass and All-American Jadeveon Clowney helped the No. 6 Gamecocks’ defense hold the visiting Tar Heels to their lowest point total under coach Larry Fedora.
The game was delayed nearly two hours in the fourth quarter by rain. The Gamecocks were already in control by then. Mike Davis ran 75 yards for a TD to wrap up the scoring.
Shaw found Shaq Roland for a 65-yard touchdown on the game’s third play. Thompson threw a 29-yard TD to Kane Whitehurst later in the quarter.
Mississippi 39, Vanderbilt 35 — Jeff Scott ran 75 yards for a touchdown with 1:07 left, and Mississippi rallied twice to beat Vanderbilt at Nashville in a wild season opener for both teams.
Vanderbilt went up, 35-32, on a 34-yard TD pass from Austyn Carta-Samuels to Stephen Scheu with 1:30 left. But Scott beat the Commodores for a TD and the fourth lead change.
Fordham 51, Rhode Island 26 — Mike Nebrich threw four long touchdown passes, two to Brian Wetzel, and Fordham got ahead of URI early in New York and stayed there.
Robbie Delgado rushed for 113 yards on 21 carries for URI. After URI pulled to within 24-12 in the third quarter, Fordham’s J.Q. Bowers returned anZ 61 yards for a TD.
Wake Forest 31, Presbyterian 7 — Redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams had 143 yards receiving in the Demon Deacons’ victory over the Blue Hose of the FCS in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Tanner Price threw for 219 yards with a 20-yard TD to Spencer Bishop, and the quarterback ran 3 yards for another score. Wake Forest opens Atlantic Coast Conference play next Friday night at Boston College.
Minnesota 51, UNLV 23 — Marcus Jones returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown and the Gophers added another special teams score to pull away and hand the Rebels their 23d loss in a row on the road.
Kent State 17, Liberty 10 — Colin Reardon threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Chris Humphrey late in the fourth quarter and the host Golden Flashes avoided the upset after star running back Dri Archer left early with an unspecified leg injury. Archer had 10 yards on three carries.