#14 Wofford 16, Chattanooga 13 (OT)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Wofford football team needed overtime to defeat Chattanooga 16-13 on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. With the win, the Terriers earned a share of the Southern Conference Championship for the fourth time, and third in the last five seasons.
The Terriers are 8-2 on the season and 6-2 in the SoCon. Chattanooga is 5-5 overall and 4-3 in conference play. For Wofford, Eric Breitenstein had 132 yards on 28 carries and scored the game-winner in overtime. He also set the school record for career rushing in the first quarter. James Lawson was 4-of-5 passing and ran for 31 yards in his first career start at quarterback. For the Mocs, Jacob Huesman ran for 68 yards and was 22-of-31 passing for 229 yards.
The Mocs had the ball first and went three-and-out. Wofford then used a 41-yard run by Eric Breitenstein to set up a 38-yard field goal by Kasey Redfern and a 3-0 lead with 7:32 on the clock. The run by Breitenstein allowed him to break the school record for career rushing yards.
Chattanooga gained one first down before punting back to the Terriers. Wofford then went on a 16-play drive that consumed over seven minutes to go 75 yards. Donovan Johnson capped the drive with a nine-yard touchdown to give the Terriers a 10-0 lead with 13:16 left in the second quarter.
On the next drive by the Mocs, they picked up four first downs before kicking a 26-yard field goal to make it a 10-3 game with 7:57 left in the second quarter. Wofford gained one first down before punting. Chattanooga then was stopped after gaining one first down and punted. The Terriers had the ball back with 2:20 left in the first half. Wofford was only able to again one first down before punting back with 54 seconds on the clock. The Mocs had the ball when the clock expired.
To open the second half, Wofford gained one first down before punting. Chattanooga drove down the field with five first downs. A 29-yard field goal attempt by Nick Pollard was wide right, giving the ball back to the Terriers. Wofford went three-and-out and punted. Chattanooga was able to move across midfield, but was forced to punt. The Terriers fumbled and it was recovered by Eric Breitenstein, however Wofford punted and the Mocs took over with 13:13 left in the fourth quarter.
The Mocs moved across midfield after three first downs. Three more first downs put the ball inside the five-yard line. Kendrix Huitt scored from one-yard out and the extra point was good to tie the game at 10 with 2:18 left in the fourth quarter. After a 28 yard kickoff return by Brad Nocek, the Terriers moved to the Mocs' 45-yard line before punting with sixteen seconds on the clock. Chattanooga took a knee and headed to overtime.
Wofford won the toss and went on defense. The Mocs gained two first downs, but were stopped at the nine-yard line. Nick Pollard hit a 27-yard field goal to take a 13-10 lead. Wofford then gained a first down, but were facing third-and-four. James Lawson kept the ball and ran seven yards for the first down. From the two yard line, Eric Breitenstein took it into the end zone for the 16-13 victory.
Wofford had 249 total yards, with 215 on the ground. Chattanooga had 337 total yards, 234 of which were passing. Chattanooga had 20 first downs to 16 for Wofford. Wofford was 7-of-16 on third downs. Chattanooga was 11-of-18 on third down. Wofford had one penalty, while Chattanooga had five. Chattanooga had a 31:24 to 28:36 time of possession advantage.
#12 Appalachian State 33, Furman 28
BOONE, N.C. -- Sam Martin kicked four field goals, including two in the second half to lift FCS consensus 12th-ranked Appalachian State past upset-minded Furman, 33-28, in Southern Conference football action Saturday afternoon in front of 28,986 fans at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
The Mountaineers earned a share of the Southern Conference championship with Saturday's victory. It is the seventh time in the last eight years that Appalachian State has won at least a share of the SoCon crown. The Mountaineers have now tied Furman for the all-time lead with 12 conference championships.
Martin kicked first half field goals covering 27 and 47 yards and then added two more in the second half to help the Mountaineers (8-3, 6-2 SoCon) overcome a 28-27 deficit en route to the victory, their ninth straight over the Paladins (3-7, 2-5 SoCon) in Boone.
Furman true freshman linebacker Carl Rider gave the Paladins the 28-27 lead after scooping up a fumble near the ASU sideline and returning it 27 yards for a touchdown six minutes into the second half.
From that point, however, the game turned on Martin's accurate foot, as his 19-yard field goal on the ensuing possession put the Mountaineers up 30-28, and his 32-yard effort with 6:04 to go accounted for the game's final points.
Furman had opportunities over the last quarter and a half, but the Paladins' final five possessions ended with three punts and two interceptions, including a game ending pickoff by ASU's Troy Sanders at the Mountaineer 5 after Furman had moved from their own 1 to the ASU 37 over the contest's final two minutes.
With its offense struggling to find traction, Furman fell behind 10-0 before its special teams and defense came to the rescue. Jerodis Williams, who entered the game as the FCS leader in kickoff returns, got the Paladins on the board with a 100-yard kickoff return, his second of the season and seventh century mark return in school history.
Appalachian State answered with a 7-yard strike from Andrew Peacock to Drew Bailey to take a 17-7 lead, but the Palaidin defense countered with a Mitch McGrath sack of Mountaineer quarterback Jamal Jackson, whose fumble on the play was pounced on in the end zone by linebacker Gary Wilkins to make it a 17-14 game.
The Mountaineers took a 27-14 lead into halftime after Jackson connected with Peacock for an 18-yard strike with 24 seconds showing on the clock.
Furman took the second half kickoff and moved 75 yards in 10 plays to cut it to 27-21 on Hannon's 10-yard strike to Jordan Snellings.
On the game's next offensive play Austin Williams' hit on Appalachian State wide receiver Tony Washington dislodged the football, which Rider collected and rambled down the sideline 27 yards into the end zone to help give Furman its only lead of the contest.
Appalachian State rang up a 44-300 advantage in total offense, getting 332 yards passing from Jackson, who connected on 33-of-47 passes. He was sacked five times, however, and fumbled once.
Steven Miller paced ASU's ground game with 170 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
Hannon completed 19-of-36 passes for 203 yards and a score to lead Furman, which was led on the ground by Williams, whose 14 carries netted 59 yards to give him 2,994 yards in his career.
Williams also topped the Paladins' receiving chart with a career high seven catches for 37 yards.
Peacock led all receivers with 11 grabs for 130 yards and a score.
McGrath topped Furman's defense with 11 stops, including a sack, a forced fumble, and three pass deflections.
ASU's Jeremy Kimbrough claimed game high tackle honors with 17 stops.
Samford 26, Elon 15
ELON, N.C.-Samford junior running back Fabian Truss rushed for a career-high 219 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Bulldog football team to a 26-15 Southern Conference win at Elon Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium.
With the win, Samford improves to 7-3 overall and 5-3 in Southern Conference play. This marks the first time Samford has won seven games in a season since 2003. The game was Samford's final SoCon game of the season, and the Bulldogs finish with a winning league mark for the first time since joining the SoCon in 2008. Elon drops to 3-7 overall and 1-6 in league play.
Truss ran for his career-high total on 34 carries, averaging 6.4 yards per carry. Truss' performance brings his season total to a career-high 1,026 yards. The performance marks the first time a Samford running back has rushed for more than 200 yards since Chris Evans rushed for 257 yards at Wofford on Nov. 14, 2009.
Samford quarterback Andy Summerlin completed 17-of-26 yards for 111 yards and one touchdown. Kelsey Pope caught five passes for 33 yards and a score.
Trey Wesley led Samford in tackles with nine, including four solo stops. Darion Sutton had six tackles and one fumble recovery. Durell Hill had an interception to go along with his four tackles.
Punter Greg Peranich averaged 39.5 yards on six punts. Cameron Yaw made two-of-four field goal attempts in the game.
For Elon, Thomas Wilson completed 23-of-42 passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Aaron Millette caught 10 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Spain led all tacklers with 20.
Samford jumped on top first when Yaw kicked a 38-yard field goal on the Bulldogs' second drive of the game. Yaw's kick gave Samford a 3-0 lead with 9:44 left in the first quarter. The score capped a seven-play, 28-yard drive that took 2:11 off the first-quarter clock.
On Elon's ensuing possession, Samford's Hill intercepted a Wilson pass, giving the Bulldogs the ball at Elon's 30-yard line. The Bulldogs drove to the one-yard line and Truss scored on a one-yard run with 5:31 left in the first quarter. Yaw's extra points gave Samford a 10-0 lead.
Yaw kicked his second field goal of the game, this one from 42 yards out with 9:23 left in the second quarter. The field goal gave the Bulldogs a 13-0 lead over the Phoenix.
Samford struck again late in the third quarter when Truss scored on a 75-yard run. Yaw added the extra point to push Samford's lead to 20-0 with 4:25 left in the third quarter.
Elon got on the scoreboard with a touchdown with 11:08 to go in the fourth quarter. Wilson hit Millette for a four-yard score, and Adam Scheiner added the extra point to cut the Samford lead to 20-7.
Samford put its final points on the scoreboard when Summerlin hit Pope for a four-yard score with 4:08 left in the game. Yaw's PAT hit the upright to make the score 26-7.
Elon added one final touchdown when backup quarterback Mike Quinn hit Millette for an 18-yard score with 2:20 left in the contest. Quinn then hit Chris Harris for the two-point conversion to make the final score 26-15.
Samford will wrap up the regular season with a game at Kentucky, on Saturday, Nov. 17. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on CSS.
#7 Georgia Southern 69, Howard 26
STATESBORO, Ga. - Behind 529 yards rushing, Georgia Southern defeated Howard 69-26 in front of 18,069 fans on homecoming at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. Quarterback Jerick McKinnon rushed for a career-high 198 yards and three touchdowns enroute to reaching the 1,000-yard plateau for the season. He helped the Eagles tally the most rushing yards against the Bison since 1998.
McKinnon also threw two touchdown passes while going two-for-four for 32 yards in the passing game. The junior quarterback has five touchdown passes in just 14 completions on the season. On the ground McKinnon put Georgia Southern (8-2, 6-2) up 21-0 in the first quarter with a career-long 87-yard touchdown run and finished with his seventh 100-yard rushing game of his career.
The Eagles also got 67 yards, including a 56-yard run, from Johnathan Bryant and 62 yards from reserve B-Back William Banks.
On defense senior Boyd Sasser filled in nicely for an injured Darius Eubanks and led the team with 10 tackles. Fellow senior Dion DuBose made eight stops and 1.5 tackles for loss from his defensive end position, while both John Stevenson and Kyle Oehlbeck matched him with eight tackles each.
Howard (6-4, 5-2) rebounded from the early deficit and gave the Eagle defense a few fits with their fast-break offense. The Bison, who ran 95 plays to the Eagles' 55, were led by backup quarterback Greg McGhee. McGhee replaced an ineffective Randy Liggins in the first half and completed 24 passes for 239 yards and a touchdown while carrying the ball 19 times for 94 yards and three scores.
Georgia Southern struck for three touchdowns on their first six plays of the contest. Before McKinnon's run Dominique Swope tallied a pair of touchdowns, including a 58 yarder on just his first play from scrimmage since returning from a concussion injury that forced him to miss two weeks. Swope also added a 34-yard touchdown run but finished just two yards short of 100 for the game.
"It was a great run," Monken stated about the sophomore B-Back's first touchdown run. "He broke a few tackles, cut back and found some holes. He's a good player."
McGhee capped off a 10 play 80-yard drive for Howard's first touchdown with a 4-yard run with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter. The Eagles extended their lead back to 21 points after McKinnon scored from 16 yards out with 4:17 remaining in the second quarter. The two teams traded touchdowns before the half with Howard's McGhee scoring for the second time on a 7-yard run and McKinnon completing a 25-yard pass to Zach Walker with just 29 seconds remaining before halftime.
The Eagles opened the third quarter with a 2-yard touchdown run by McKinnon with 12:07 remaining in the quarter. The junior quarterback busted free for a 31-yard rush earlier in the drive, and Tray Butler added a 26-yard run on an option pitch to put Georgia Southern in the red zone.
Howard answered back with a 15-yard touchdown run by McGhee with 8:38 to go in the third quarter, and the two teams traded scores once more before the quarter ended. Darreion Robinson scored from 10 yards out less than two minutes later after the Bison failed to recover an onside kick. McGhee completed a 35-yard touchdown pass to David Wilson less than three minutes later to cut the score to 49-26.
However, Georgia Southern controlled the fourth quarter, scoring three times to take a 69-23 lead with 3:24 remaining in the contest. McKinnon opened the quarter with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Sumner with 12:12 remaining. Less than three minutes later freshman quarterback Matt Dobson tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Walker and with 3:24 remaining senior quarterback Russell DeMasi capped off the final scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.
"He's a guy that goes down every day with the scout team. I don't know who our most valuable player is, but I've got to think that he's one of them," Monken said about DeMasi. "He goes down there every day and simulates the other team's offense so well. He does it very professionally and does it so well. He's a really hard-working kid, and I'm glad that he got to score a touchdown today."
Georgia Southern travels to Georgia for their final regular season contest. Kickoff in Athens, Ga. is set for 1:30 p.m.
The Citadel 27, VMI 24
LEXINGTON, Va. - The Citadel retained the Silver Shako and clinched its first winning season since 2007 but not before receiving a huge scare from host VMI in the 33rd edition of the Military Classic of the South.
It was not until VanDyke Jones recovered an onside kick and Aaron Miller converted a third down run with 2:35 remaining that the Bulldogs were able to finish off a 27-24 victory over the Keydets and improve to 6-4 on the season with only next week's regular season finale at Furman remaining.
The Bulldogs will finish above .500 for the first time since going 7-4 in 2007 and can finish with a winning record in the Southern Conference (5-3) for the first time since going 4-3 in both 2006 and 2007 by defeating the Paladins.
VMI dropped to 2-8 despite matching its season high in points and lost to The Citadel for the sixth straight time. The Bulldogs are now 22-10-1 since the game against VMI was dubbed the Military Classic of the South in 1976 and are 36-30-2 all-time in the series.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 21 and still led 27-17 following a 35-yard field goal by Thomas Warren with 4:56 remaining in the game. But a 38-yard pass from Eric Kordenbrock to Deon Watts set up a four-yard touchdown pass to Mario Thompson that made it a three-point game again with 3:03 left.
The Keydets lineup up with two kickers, and David Eberhardt grounded one that Jones fell on at the VMI 46. A personal foul gave the Bulldogs 15 more yards, and when a measurement showed that Miller had gained just enough for a first down on the third play of the drive, the game was finally in the win column.
Darien Robinson led The Citadel with 74 yards followed by Ben Dupree and Miller with 45 and 41, respectively. The Bulldogs were held to 248 rushing yards, 60 below their season average, but the Miller-Dupree duo combined to complete 8 of 11 passes for 121 yards.
Robinson increased his season rushing total to 953 yards, leaving him 47 shy of become the first Bulldog to gain 1,000 yards since Troy Cooper in 2007. He also moved into 14th place in school history with 1,915 career rushing yards, passing Cooper and Tom Frooman. Robinson was thrown for a 14-yard loss on a fourth quarter play, the first time he's been tackled behind the line of scrimmage this season.
Kordenbrock completed 10 of 21 passes for 191 yards for the Keydets while Derrick Ziglar paced their ground game with 51 yards. VMI finished with 277 yards of total offense.
The Citadel consistently hurt its own cause with an uncharacteristic nine penalties for 89 yards after entering the game ranked first in the nation in both fewest penalties committed (3.33) and fewest yards penalized (23.1). VMI was flagged eight times for 75 yards.
The Keydets stayed close for most of the first half, with The Citadel only able to take a 17-3 lead into the locker room. But it appeared the Bulldogs were on their way to taking control of the contest when Mark Thomas sacked Kordenbrock, and Derek Douglas took the resulting fumble 21 yards to the end zone for a 24-3 lead at the 7:12 mark of the third quarter.
The sack gave Thomas, a true freshman, 5.5 on the season on a total of only nine tackles while Douglas scored the first touchdown of his college career and added two sacks of his own to move into a tie for seventh in Citadel history with 12 in his career.
The Keydets quickly bounced back from The Citadel's defensive touchdown and scored twice to pull within seven. Mike Smith returned the kickoff following the Douglas touchdown to the Bulldog 48, and a pair of enforced infractions - a live ball facemask and dead ball personal foul - added 30 yards to the play.
VMI took advantage on a two-yard touchdown run by Jabari Turner to make it 24-10 with 4:00 left in the third quarter and then forced a punt on the next Citadel possession. Facing a 2nd and 20, the Keydets hit on an 81-yard screen pass from Kordenbrock to Turner that got the ball to the Bulldog 3 and set up a touchdown run by Cody Shirley that suddenly put The Citadel victory in doubt.
The Keydet kickoff went out of bounds at the Bulldog 47, and The Citadel overcame a pair of holding penalties on a 15-yard run by Terrance Martin and a 17-yard pass from Miller to Greg Adams to face a 4th and 2 at the VMI 17. Rickey Anderson picked up the necessary yardage, and a 10-yard run by Miller following the big Robinson rushing loss set up the Warren field goal that ultimately proved to be the final margin of victory.
Dupree got the Bulldogs started on their first possession of the game, hitting Jones on a 3rd and 11 play to the Keydet 29 and then scoring himself from 10 yards out for a 7-0 lead.
Dupree's touchdown was the 17th rushing score of his career, moving him into a tie for 11th in school history in that category. He also completed all three of his passes for 49 yards on the game while Miller completed 5 of 8 for 72 yards.
VMI answered with a 39 yard drive that culminated in a 22-yard field goal by Jeff Sexton. After the teams traded punts, Miller hit Anderson for 24 yards and Robinson added a 20-yard jaunt that led to a one-yard touchdown run by Vinny Miller, his third of the season, and a 14-3 Bulldog lead with 11:45 left in the second quarter.
The Citadel scored again as the first half clock ran out when Warren made his first field goal of the day. That drive included a fourth down conversion run by Jones and a 17-yard pass from Miller to Adams to the VMI 20.
Warren's two field goals give him nine on the season and he remained perfect in 37 extra point attempts. The last Citadel kicker to go an entire season without a missed PAT was Mike Adams, who went 56-for-56 in 2007