Clowney, 6th-ranked Gamecocks sluggish in 1st game

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- It wasn't the start South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier expected and the play of All-American Jadeveon Clowney wasn't what many had anticipated.

About the only person not too concerned was Clowney.

The 6-foot-6, 274 pound defensive lineman was credited with three tackles and four quarterback hurries in the Gamecocks' pedestrian-like 27-10 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night. Spurrier was clearly bothered that Clowney and others on defense looked winded at times against the Tar Heels high-speed offense. Clowney and the Gamecocks did manage to hold North Carolina to 293 yards and the fewest points scored by the Tar Heels under coach Larry Fedora.

Clowney says he was bothered by a stomach virus during the week and only ate a banana, a few grapes and fluids before the game.