Mercer earns dramatic win in return to football

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WHO’S HOT

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for five touchdowns in the win over Georgia on Saturday night. His performance will likely improve his Heisman candidacy.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for five touchdowns in the win over Georgia on Saturday night. His performance will likely improve his Heisman candidacy.

Mercer. In their first game since 1941, the Bears defeated Reinhardt, 40-37 on Saturday, on a last-second field goal.

Two redshirt-freshmen from Augusta also made a big impact for Mercer.

Defensive back Collin Oliver (Aquinas) made eight tackles and returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown.

Defensive lineman Marvin Davis (Richmond Academy) posted four tackles, including one for a loss.

WHO’S NOT

Johnny Manziel. The more we see of “Johnny Football,” the more he becomes college football’s version of Miley Cyrus.

HEISMAN WATCH

According to HeismanPundit.com, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd won the week’s Heisman Trophy straw poll after passing for 270 yards and accounting for five total touchdowns against Georgia.

FOOTBALL FOOD FOR THOUGHT

No one celebrating a touchdown ever got injured doing the “Ickey Shuffle” or “Dirty Bird.”

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Clemson (1-0). And to think how the Tigers and their fans will celebrate if they defeat South Carolina this season and/or win another national championship.

2. South Carolina (1-0). The trio of Mike Davis, Brandon Wilds and quarterback Connor Shaw proved the Gamecocks have a potent running game.

3. Georgia (0-1). The offensive line played poorly most of the game. The 3-4 defense got burned at times. Aaron Murray committed two turnovers. And still the Bulldogs only lost by three to a top-10 opponent on the road.

4. Georgia Tech (1-0). Nice win over Cumberland 2.0.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

• S.C. State at Clemson, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports South)

• South Carolina at Georgia, 4:30 (ESPN)

• St. Francis (Pa.) at Georgia Southern, 6 (No TV)

THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES

Clemson: Tigers will likely suffer an emotional letdown, but should easily go 2-0 against Bulldogs this season.

Georgia: If Murray wants to be known for more than his passing records, he needs a win over the Gamecocks.

Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets get a week off before diving into conference play at Duke.

South Carolina: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney – if he’s in better shape – will try to continue terrorizing the Bulldogs.


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