COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Kenny Irons snapped a tie
with a seven-yard touchdown run with 1:38 remaining in the third
quarter as South Carolina struggled to a season-opening 14-7
victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz won his 239th career game,
passing Woody Hayes for sole possession of eighth place on the
all-time list. Holtz is third on the active list, trailing
Penn State's Joe Paterno and Florida State's Bobby Bowden.
Irons, a sophomore, rushed for just 26 yards on 11 carries in
his first start as the Gamecocks were held to 141 yards on the
ground on 36 carries.
Dondrial Pinkins, making his third career start after starting
the final two games of last season, completed 16-of-34 passes
for 184 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown pass to Troy
Williamson with 10:51 left in the first period.
The Gamecocks struggled to put away the game, but shut down the
Ragin' Cajuns with their new 4-3 look on defense.
Louisiana-Lafayette, which dropped to 0-46 all-time against the
Southeastern Conference, got its only points when Patrick Lamy
returned a missed field goal 89 yards for a touchdown on the
final play of the first half.
Travis Smothers rushed for 113 yards on 19 carries to pace the
Ragin' Cajuns. Jerry Babb completed 12-of-25
passes for 134 yards for Louisiana-Lafayette.