ATHENS, Ga . — Todd Gurley stole the show with three touchdowns in his debut as a backup.
The freshman tailback could have an opportunity to move into a starting role in No. 6 Georgia’s Southeastern Conference opener at Missouri on Saturday.
Gurley ran for 100 yards on only eight carries in Georgia’s 45-23 opening win over Buffalo. He ran through arm tackles for a 10-yard touchdown run, showed his speed while scoring on a 100-yard kickoff return, and then threw a stiff-arm to clear a path for a 55-yard touchdown run.
Starter Ken Malcome left the game with a left hand injury, possibly clearing the way for Gurley to start.
Coach Mark Richt had no injury updates on Sunday. Asked if Gurley will start, Richt said the freshman will “definitely get the ball.”
Gamecocks’ Shaw in pain
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said starting quarterback Connor Shaw can barely lift his right arm and will miss the next few days of practice.
Shaw was injured in the ninth-ranked Gamecocks’ season-opening, 17-13 victory at Vanderbilt last Thursday night. Shaw was diagnosed with a deep bone bruise in his right shoulder. Spurrier said Sunday that Shaw’s shoulder joint was not damaged and if the junior’s condition improved he could play in the team’s home opener Saturday against East Carolina.
Shaw returned to the game after getting hurt and led South Carolina’s game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
Tailback Marcus Lattimore ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns in his first game back from knee surgery last fall. Spurrier said Lattimore came out of the game in good shape.
QB O’Brien has solid debut
MADISON, Wis . — Although he didn’t quite replicate the video game-style football his predecessor produced on a regular basis, Danny O’Brien showed he was more than capable in his first start at quarterback for No. 12 Wisconsin.
O’Brien, a transfer from Maryland, had a rock-solid day in his first shot at filling the shoes of former Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson.
O’Brien completed 19 of 23 passes for 219 yards with a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, and Wisconsin survived a surprising late defensive meltdown to beat FCS power Northern Iowa 26-21 on Saturday.