COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Todd Ellis passed for 290 yards and two touchdowns and Harold Green ran for two scores Saturday night to lift No. 18 South Carolina to a 31-10 triumph over North Carolina.
Ellis completed 23 of 38 passes, including scoring strikes of 48 and 8 yards. Green, a junior tailback, gained 100 yards on 21 carries and scored on plunges of 2 and 1 yards.
The Gamecocks scored the first 10 points of the game and never trailed to spoil the debut of Tar Heels Coach Mack Brown before a capacity crowd of 73,275.
The Tar Heels got their only touchdown on a second-quarter 43-yard run by Randy Marriott, then added a 28-yard field goal by Hamp Greene in the final period.
Colin Mackie's 29-yard field goal with 10:23 to play in the first quarter gave South Carolina a 3-0 edge.
The Gamecocks got the ball back 3 minutes later after Greene missed a 52-yard field goal attempt for the Tar Heels. From the North Carolina 48, Ellis threw to tight end Carl Platt, who outjumped a defender for the ball at the 25 and dashed into the end zone for the score.
The Tar Heels scored early in the second quarter when Marriott, a senior receiver, took a reverse and scampered untouched into the end zone.
South Carolina then rolled 70 yards in 13 plays to score on Green's 2-yard run with 35 seconds left in the half. Ellis kept the drive alive with key third-down completions of 31 and 18 yards to Anthony Parlor and Robert Brooks, respectively.
South Carolina scored midway through the third quarter on an 82-yard drive climaxed by Green's 1-yard dive.
After Greene added his 28-yard field goal with 6:40 remaining in the game, South Carolina rolled 40 yards in six plays for its final touchdown. Tight end Ken Watson grabbed an 8-yard Ellis pass for the score with just over 4 minutes to play.