NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- Dondrial Pinkins led two
first-quarter touchdown drives as South Carolina grabbed an
early lead and rolled to a 31-6 Southeastern Conference victory
over Vanderbilt in the season opener for both schools.
The senior quarterback capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a
two-yard scamper into the end zone. On South Carolina's next
possesion, he threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brian
Brownlee, making it 14-0 just 10 1/2 minutes into the game.
In the first quarter, the Gamecocks had a 167-3 advantage in
total yards. They stretched their lead to 17-0 on a field goal
by Josh Brown on the first play of the second quarter.
In all, Pinkins was 11-of-18 for 168 yards and added 77 yards on
Demetrius Summers added 87 yards on 11 carries to pace a ground
attack that outgained the Commodores, 269-36, and controlled the
ball for nearly 38 minutes.
Defensive back Brett Nichols forced a fumble and returned an
interception 98 yards for a TD to close the scoring. He led a
defense that forced four turnovers.
South Carolina won its fifth straight season opener while
Vanderbilt lost its seventh consecutive opening game and 14th
straight SEC opener.