In a performance that will surely cast him as an early favorite for the Heisman Trophy, Georgia’s Todd Gurley scored four touchdowns and set a school record with 293 all-purpose yards, leading No. 12 Georgia to a 45-21 victory over No. 16 Clemson on Saturday night at Sanford Stadium in Athens. Gurley ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns. He returned a kickoff 100 yards for another score. He made the most of his limited touches on a sweltering night between the hedges, averaging 17.2 yards every time he got his hands on the ball and breaking Rodney Hampton’s mark of 290 all-purpose yards, set in 1987. Georgia broke open a game that was tied 21-all at halftime, shutting down Clemson and a fast-break offense that didn’t look nearly as effective without two of its departed stars, record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins. The Tigers were held to one first down and 15 yards in the second half. The Bulldogs are off next week, while Clemson returns to the friendly confines of Death Valley to take on South Carolina State.
In Greenville, Reese Hannon tossed a 6-yard pass for the game’s only touchdown in Furman’s 13-3 season-opening win over Gardner-Webb on Saturday night before leaving the game late in the third quarter with an injury. Hannon completed 21 of 30 passes for 221 yards before the injury. It was learned after the game that Hannon will miss the remainder of the season with a broken ankle. Surgery is scheduled for Monday. Next Saturday night, Furman travels to Macon, Georgia to take on Mercer, a game that can be heard on 96.3 WGOG and the Furman IMG Sports Network beginning with the Pre-Game Show at 5:00 PM.