MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Max Shortell threw two touchdown passes in a 24-point third quarter and Jacksonville State held off Alabama State 24-22 in a season opener to give Bill Clark a victory in his debut as the Gamecocks' head coach on Saturday night.
Alabama State led 6-0 at the half on a pair of field goals by Bobby Wenzig before the Gamecocks rebounded, scoring first on a 2-yard run by Troymaine Pope and then on Shortell's passes of 23 yards to Anthony Johnson and 45 yards to Telvin Brown. Telvin's TD catch came on the first play after Jamill Lott recovered a Hornets' fumble.
Trailing 24-9, the Hornets scored twice in the fourth quarter, on Jahaad Coleman's 6-yard TD run following an interception and Daniel Duhart's 8-yard pass to Chris Gilzeane two plays after a recovered fumbled punt.
The game was delayed over an hour by severe weather.
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright's left knee injury is not season-ending, according to an MRI Wright had after Thursday night's opening win over UTSA, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.
Syracuse starting quarterback Terrel Hunt left the Orange's season opener against Rhode Island with a lower right leg injury and won't return.
The Mountain West told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that officials correctly ruled the final play that kept Colorado from getting a potential game-tying touchdown against Hawaii before time expired.
ESPN 300 running back Elijah Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, has decided to stay home and attend Georgia, he announced Friday.
Miami reserve linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad has been suspended for the season opener against Bethune-Cookman on Saturday for a violation of team rules, a source confirmed to ESPN.com
All-American defensive end Shawn Oakman and safety Orion Stewart have been suspended for Baylor's season opener Friday against SMU for a violation of team rules, a school spokesman told ESPN.com.