CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Ricky Ponton returned from a six-game
suspension and ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns to carry South
Florida to a 37-20 victory over North Carolina on Saturday.
Ponton was one of three players suspended by South Florida (5-2)
before the season for violation of unspecified school policy. Each
player was given a six-game suspension.
North Carolina (1-5) dropped its third straight game. After the
Tar Heels took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, quarterback Cam
Sexton missed nine straight passes. He threw a touchdown pass to
Jon Hamlett with 33 seconds left in the third quarter, and Connor
Barth kicked two field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder
earlier in the period.
The Golden Bulls converted two interceptions into touchdowns.
After Stephen Nicholas' first career interception at the North
Carolina 35, Matt Grothe tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to S.J.
Green with 12:03 left in the half.
Danny Verpaele's interception and 26-yard return set up Ponton's
1-yard burst with 9:10 left before halftime. Ponton had a 2-yard
touchdown run midway through the third quarter.
Benjamin Williams capped a 71-yard drive off the opening kickoff
in the second half with a 1-yard score, giving South Florida a
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.