COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Syvelle Newton and Sidney
Rice had a nice game of catch Saturday.
Newton threw five touchdown passes, all to Rice, to lead South
Carolina to an easy 45-6 victory over Florida Atlantic in a
Newton and Rice first hooked up for a 23-yard TD pass just under
4 1/2 minutes into the game to give South Carolina (3-1) a 7-0
The duo combined for scoring strikes of 21, eight and 41 yards
as the Gamecocks opened a 28-6 lead at the half. Their final TD
combination - a 19-yarder - came early in the third quarter and
extended the lead to 35-6.
The five touchdown receptions by Rice were his first of the
season and established two new school records. The old record
for TD receptions in a game was three held by several players,
including Rice. His five TDs scored in a game topped the old
record of four held by Mike Dingle (1990) and Stanley Pritchett
(1995). Rice has 18 career touchdown receptions.
With his five TD passes, Newton tied a school record held by
Tommy Suggs (1968), Jeff Grantz (1975) and Steve Taneyhill
(twice in 1995). Newton completed 13-of-20 passes for 216 yards
while Rice finished with nine receptions for 161 yards.