COLUMBIA — Everyone knew Lorenzo Nunez could run the football.
South Carolina’s freshman quarterback proved Saturday he can throw the ball. And he can block, too.
Nunez threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns and added 123 yards on the ground as the Gamecocks overcame a sluggish start to dispatch Central Florida, 31-14, at Williams-Brice Stadium.
While the offensive numbers were impressive, it was a block Nunez threw that had his coaches and teammates raving about him.
When No. 20 Georgia Tech can’t run, the Yellow Jackets don’t win.
Coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense managed its worst rushing performance since 2013 in a 34-20 loss to Duke on Saturday.
The Blue Devils held Tech (2-2, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) to just 173 yards rushing — its fewest since it had 151 in a loss to Mississippi in the 2013 Music City Bowl, according to STATS.
“When you rush for ... 173 yards in this offense,” Johnson said, “you’re not going to win.”
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