COLUMBIA, S.C. -- No Johnny Football, no problem.
Sophomore Kenny Hill showed solid command of the Texas A&M juggernaut offensive attack and then some. Hill threw for a school-record 511 yards and directed the offense efficiently in the No. 21 Aggies 52-28 dismantling of No. 9 South Carolina on Thursday night at Williams-Brice Stadium in the 2014 college football opener.
Hill was making his first career start and didn't seem to be fazed by the Gamecocks 18-game home winning streak or the 82,847 fans in attendance. His final passing numbers were greater than what former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel could accomplish in his two years as a starter. The Aggies amassed 680 yards of total offense, which ranks 11th most all-time in school history. The 511 yards were the most ever against the Gamecocks.
The Aggies scored on five of their first six possessions and never flinched. The four scoring drives covered 67, 75, 85 and 75, 80 yards and none lasted more than 4:40 to give Texas A&M a 31-14 halftime lead.
Hill finished 44-for-60 with three touchdowns. Tra Carson added three touchdown runs.
South Carolina senior quarterback Dylan Thompson threw four touchdown passes but never seemed to find his rhythm offensively.
Mississippi 35, Boise State 13
ATLANTA -- Quarterback Bo Wallace threw four touchdown passes for No. 18 Ole Miss, three coming in the fourth quarter, and the Rebels' defense forced four turnovers in a sloppy victory over the Broncos at the Georgia Dome.
Wallace connected with Laquon Treadwell on a 14-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and then put the game away with a 31-yard touchdown to Quincy Adeboyejo to put the Rebels up 15 with 10 minutes to play.
That was plenty for the Ole Miss defense, which picked off Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick four times and kept the Broncos out of the end zone until late in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State 45, Weber State 14
The 19th-ranked Sun Devils charged to a 31-0 halftime lead, and they cruised to a win over the Football Championship Subdivision's Wildcats at Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona State running back D.J. Foster carried the ball 15 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns, including a 57-yarder in the third quarter that made the score 38-0.
Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly completed 18 of 27 passes for 238 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Gary Chambers. Arizona State receiver Jaelen Strong made 10 receptions for 146 yards.
Weber State running back Zach Smith produced 128 yards on 16 carries. He scored on a 60-yard run in the fourth quarter.