ATLANTA — Justin Thomas had 353 yards of total offense, and DeAndre Smelter caught two third-quarter touchdown passes in Georgia Tech’s 38-19 victory over Wofford in both teams’ season openers.

Making his first career start, Thomas went 11 of 15 for 282 yards and completed his last eight passes for 250 yards to help the Yellow Jackets hold off the pesky FCS Terriers.

Zach Laskey’s 11-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter gave the Jackets a 31-19 lead, and the defense forced a three-out after giving up a 16-play, 75-yard drive on Wofford’s previous possession.

That drive took over 9 minutes and ended with Octavius Harden’s 4-yard touchdown run, cutting the lead to 24-19. But Broderick Snoddy followed with a 65-yard pass reception from Thomas that set up Laskey’s score.

Thomas led Georgia Tech with 71 yards on 13 carries. Laskey had 15 carries for 70 yards.


CHARLESTON — Alex Ross extended a school record and Bruce Mapp tied another in leading Coastal Carolina to a 31-16 victory over The Citadel.

Ross completed 24 of 32 passes for 263 yards and extended his own record by throwing for at least one score in 15 consecutive games. His touchdown pass went to Mapp, who tied a record with 10 catches, good for 108 yards.

The Chanticleers took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on short scoring runs by De’Angelo Henderson and Aaron Aiken and led by 25 points early in the fourth quarter after Andre Johnson’s 1-yard run. Coastal Carolina had 170 yards rushing.

The Bulldogs, under new coach Mike Houston, rushed for 358 yards, throwing just eight passes and completing one. Tyler Renew ran for 137 yards and a touchdown, and Jake Stenson added 120. North Augusta grad Vinny Miller carried the ball 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown.


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Jalen Simmons had touchdown runs of 5 and 15 yards, Javon Hargrave returned a fumble 61 yards for a touchdown, and South Carolina State beat Division II Benedict College 63-0 in the Palmetto Capital City Classic.

Simmons had 78 yards on 12 carries to lead the Bulldogs rushing attack, which amassed 381 yards on the ground and had four players gain 50 yards or more.

Adrian Kollock Jr. completed 15 of 18 for 160 yards to lead the South Carolina State passing attack.

The Bulldogs defense was equally efficient, holding Benedict to only 228 yards of total offense and just 14 first downs

South Carolina State was picked second in the MEAC preseason poll, and Saturday’s victory was its seventh consecutive against Benedict dating back to 2002.