COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina's Jaycee Horn was tired of hearing he didn't have the ball skills to be a truly exceptional cornerback.
His play against No. 15 Auburn proved he did, as he led the Gamecocks to a breakthrough victory over the Tigers.
Horn had the first two interceptions of his career and his pass break up led to a third – all of which South Carolina turned into touchdowns – for a 30-22 victory Saturday that was its first win over Auburn in 87 years.
Horn is a junior who has been a lockdown corner most of his career.
“If a team throws at him like that every game, he'll have a game like that every game,” Gamecocks receiver Shi Smith said.
Horn was assigned to Auburn receiver Seth Williams, one of the best receivers in the Southeastern Conference, averaging 18 yards a catch. Williams finished with four catches for 74 yards but no scores.
“I heard a lot of people saying I (don't) have any ball skills, which is crazy to me,” Horn said. “I just knew the day would come when I'd have a lot of opportunities to make plays.”
Kevin Harris ran for two touchdowns, Smith added a 10-yard TD catch and Horn and the defense did enough to stop Bo Nix and the Tigers' attack.
No. 1 CLEMSON 73, GEORGIA TECH 7: In Atlanta, Trevor Lawrence brushed off his first interception of the season to pass for a career-high 404 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Tigers.
Lawrence completed 24 of 32 passes. All of his scoring passes came in the Tigers' dominant first half. Clemson (5-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 52-7 at halftime and kept adding to the lead in the second, even with second- and third- (and maybe fourth-) stringers on the field.
No. 11 TEXAS A&M 28, MISSISSIPPI STATE 14: In Starkville, Mississippi, Isaiah Spiller ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns, and Kellen Mond threw for two scores to lead the Aggies.
Texas A&M (3-1) led 14-0 at the half and had 325 yards of total offense in the game. Ainias Smith caught five passes for 20 yards and a touchdown. Chase Lane had a 51-yard touchdown reception in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
KENTUCKY 34, No. 18 TENNESSEE 7: In Knoxville, Tennessee, Kelvin Joseph and Jami Davis returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first half to lead the Wildcats.
It was Kentucky's first victory in Neyland Stadium since 1984, the Wildcats' largest margin of victory in Knoxville since 56-0 in 1893 and their most lopsided victory in the series since 1935.
After getting six interceptions and allowing only a safety against Mississippi State last week, Kentucky (2-2) picked off three passes against the Vols (2-2).
No. 13 MIAMI 31, PITTSBURGH 19: In Miami Gardens, Florida, D'Eriq King threw four touchdown passes to the Hurricanes.
Will Mallory caught two of King's scoring passes and the Hurricanes (4-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from a 42-17 loss at top-ranked Clemson last week.