COLUMBIA, S.C. — Quarterback Mike Hold threw for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday night as No. 17 South Carolina beat The Citadel, 56-17, before a crowd of 73,500 in the season opener for both teams.
Hold, who sat out most of the second half while his backups played, hit 6 of 11 passes for 128 yards. The 6-foot, 194-pound senior also ran for 43 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown.
South Carolina running backs Thomas Dendy and Kent Hagood scored rushed for a total of 175 yards--Dendy picking up 89 yards and two touchdowns, and Hagood accumulating 86 yards and one touchdown.
South Carolina held The Citadel to minus-seven yards rushing in the first half. The Gamecocks finished with 440 yards rushing, the Bulldogs with 59.