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Brandon Mitchell, the former backup quarterback turned starting receiver, joined in the fun with four catches for 122 yards and Javontee Herndon caught four passes for 96 yards.

The Gamecocks (0-1), coached by former Razorbacks coach Jack Crowe, led 14-7 in the first half. Marques Ivory had a pair of touchdown passes, while Alan Bonner had eight catches for 107 yards.

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No. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 69, MARSHALL 34

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) _ Geno Smith threw for 323 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Mountaineers past Marshall.

In the final scheduled game between the state’s only Bowl Subdivision teams, it marked West Virginia’s highest-scoring season opener in school history.

Smith kept the momentum going from his six-TD performance from the Orange Bowl.

The senior completed 32 of 36 passes and set a school record for career completions before sitting out most of the fourth quarter

The Mountaineers compiled 655 total yards, more than any game last year, and got the balance they’ve sought from their running game. Shawne Alston ran for 123 yards and two scores.

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No. 12 WISCONSIN 26, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 21

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare.

Wisconsin’s defense didn’t allow Northern Iowa past the 50-yard line until the 4:27 mark in the third quarter _ but then the Badgers nearly melted down.

Leading 26-7 in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin allowed Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen to throw a pair of long touchdowns to David Johnson, cutting the lead to five. With the Panthers facing fourth-and-1 at the Wisconsin 41-yard line, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage to stop the drive.

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