SoCon Football Results from Sept. 22
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Release: 09/23/2007
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Wofford quarterback Josh Collier threw for a touchdown in leading the Terriers to an upset over #1 Appalachian State
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Wofford 42, Appalachian State 31


SPARTANBURG, SCWofford College defeated number one-ranked Appalachian State 42-31 on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. Wofford had five different players score touchdowns and the defense came up with two interceptions and a fumble recovery in the victory. Wofford improves to 3-1 on the season and are 1-0 in conference play. Appalachian State is 3-1 and 0-1 in the Southern Conference.


For Wofford, Kevious Johnson led the team with 98 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown. Josh Collier was 7-of-9 passing for 110 yards and one touchdown. Andy Strickland led the receivers with three catches for 68 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Marshall had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown.


On Appalachian State’s opening drive of the game, Dan Tavani intercepted Armanti Edwards and returned it twenty yards. On the Terriers’ first drive, Wofford picked up one first down and were forced to punt. The Terrier defense forced the Mountaineers three-and-out, but the Wofford offense was forced to punt on the ensuing drive.


Appalachian State’s next drive was again a three-and-out, with Gary Blount and Matt Norcia coming up with tackles for loss. Wofford took over after a punt at the 49 yard line, and on the first play of the drive Josh Collier found Andy Strickland for a touchdown at 5:11 in the first quarter.


The teams traded punts on their next possessions. On the Mountaineer’s fifth drive of the game, they picked up their first first down at 14:07 in the second quarter. However the drive stalled and the teams once again traded punts.


Appalachian State got on the scoreboard with a nine-play, 43 yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 10-yard run by Armanti Edwards at 7:28.


The Terriers responded on the next drive as they went 75 yards in twelve plays. Tripp Smith made a catch of a tipped ball for a 22-yard gain to get into Mountaineer territory. Ben Widmyer reached the endzone on a seven-yard run to cap the drive with 1:10 left in the first half. The lead was short-lived for the Terriers as CoCo Hillary ran the kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 14-14. The half ended with a 51-yard field goal attempt by the Mountaineers that was no good.


Wofford had the ball to begin the second half, but went three-and-out. On the Mountaineers opening possession of the second half, they were able to take a 17-14 lead with a 40-yard field goal by Julian Rauch.


Wofford was forced to punt, but Justice Joslin recovered the fumbled return at the 30-yard line. After a 23-yard run by Michael Hobbs, Dan Romero found the endzone from three-yards out on a cut-back run at 5:49 in the third quarter.


On the next Appalachian State drive, Kevin Adleman intercepted Trey Elder and returned it ten yards to the 24-yard line. After a pass interference call moved the ball inside the ten-yard line, Jeremy Marshall went in from six-yards out on a reverse to give the Terriers a 28-17 lead at 3:10 in the third quarter.


The Mountaineers opened the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run by Kevin Richardson. With Wofford starting at their own 20-yard line after the kick-off, the Terriers drove 80-yard in eight plays. Key to the drive was a 20-yard run by Kevious Johnson and the scoring play was a halfback pass from Dane Romero to Jeremy Marshall from nine-yards out.


Appalachian State responded to the challenge on the next drive, going 55 yards in seven plays. Kevin Richardson scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard rush.


With the Terriers ahead 35-31 at 8:18 in the fourth quarter, Wofford began to drive. With key third-down conversions by Andy Strickland and twice by Kevious Johnson, the Terriers reached the Mountaineer’s 13-yard line, but fumbled the ball. The Mountaineers got the ball back with 2:15 remaining in the game. After a first down, the Mountaineers gained eight yards, setting up second and two. After two incompletions by Trey Elder, Appalachian State was stopped on fourth-down with a tackle for loss by Dan Tavani and Layton Baker.


Once the Terriers got the ball back, Kevious Johnson went 27-yards for a touchdown with 38 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Wofford College. The final score was 42-31.


Next weekend the Terriers will face Furman at 6:00 pm at Paladin Stadium in Greenville. The Paladins are 1-2 this season and were off this weekend. Appalachian looks to get back on track next Saturday when it visits SoCon-foe Elon. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Elon’s Rhodes Stadium.


Wofford vs. Appalachian State

Post-Game Notes


Wofford ended Appalachian State’s 17 game winning streak, which was the longest in NCAA Division I Football.


The 11,042 attendance was the fourth-largest in Gibbs Stadium history for a Wofford game.


The game marked the third time Wofford has played a team ranked first in the nation and the first time the Terriers have come away with a win.


Wofford is 25 of its last 29 games played at Gibbs Stadium.


Kevin Adleman registered his fourth career interception, while Dan Tavani had his fifth career interception. Justice Joslin had his first career fumble recovery.


Wide receiver Andy Strickland had his fourth receiving touchdown of the season, and has a touchdown catch in the last three games.


The 42 points allowed by the Mountaineers were the most since a 59-56 loss to Chattanooga on October 30, 2004.


Attendance: 11,042




Elon 42, Liberty 14


ELON, N.C. – Terrell Hudgins hauled in a program-record 16 receptions for a career-best 219 yards and career-high four touchdowns while Scott Riddle passed for a career-best 368 yards, career-high four aerial touchdowns and first two college rushing scores, powering Elon to a 42-14 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision triumph over Liberty Saturday afternoon at Rhodes Stadium.
Hudgins, a second team All-America choice by The Associated Press last season, easily eclipsed his previous high of 183 receiving yards versus Wofford last October. Richard McGeorge, a two-time first team All-America selection, posted single-game program plateaus of 15 catches and 285 receiving yards during the 1968 campaign.
Riddle finished with 33-for-39 (.846) passing with one interception, matching his Elon-record 33 completions versus West Virginia Wesleyan two weeks ago. The performance marked Riddle’s second consecutive outing of over 360 aerial yards, following his 362-yard outburst against West Virginia Wesleyan.
The Phoenix (2-1) amassed 522 yards of total offense to 332 net yards for the Flames (2-2). The victory included the second-straight outburst of over 520 yards of total offense for Elon – coupled with its 551-yard unloading on WVWC – as well as a second consecutive performance of exactly 401 passing yards.
“This is probably the most satisfying win in my time at Elon,” Phoenix coach Pete Lembo said. “Going in, we had a lot of respect and appreciation for Liberty and the great job they are doing with that program. When we first looked at our schedule, we knew this was a game we needed to win and play well in for us to keep moving our program forward.”
Behind Riddle and Hudgins, the Phoenix built a 28-0 halftime lead. Riddle’s one-yard TD run capped an 11-play, 69-yard drive while Hudgins’ finish of a 32-yard pass play from Riddle for a score concluded a seven-play, 69-yard drive to put Elon up 14-0 for the first quarter. In the second stanza, Hudgins scored on a 24-yard toss from Riddle before Riddle ran five yards for another touchdown with 47 seconds remaining before halftime.
Zach Terrell put the Flames on the board with a two-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter. Terrell, who entered the contest leading the Big South Conference and ranked 25th nationally with 113.3 rushing yards per game, finished the game with four yards on three carries.
Riddle responded by hitting Hudgins for a 15-yard touchdown toss to end the third period and a 29-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter to fatten the Elon advantage to 42-7 with 9:16 remaining in the contest. Liberty’s Spencer Landis threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Wynton Jackson to determine the final score with 6:17 to play.

“We just didn’t execute today,” Liberty coach Danny Rocco said. “They (Elon) came out and took it to us in every aspect of the game. They wanted it more and the final score reflected that. The bottom line is we don’t have a very good football team right now. We’ve got a lot of talent, but we just aren’t playing like it right now.”
Brock Smith connected on 17 of 37 passes for 222 yards with one interception while Jackson pulled down six receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown to pace the Flames. Liberty’s Stevie Ray Lloyd racked up 13 tackles to lead all defenders.
Elon’s Brandon Lane booted four punts for 182 yards for an average of 45.5 yards per punt. Lane, who entered the contest ranked second in the Southern Conference and 12th in the nation, upped his average from 42.1 to 43.1 yards per punt.
The Phoenix will welcome two-time defending national champion Appalachian State to Rhodes Stadium at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday to highlight Elon Family Weekend festivities. Also next Saturday, Liberty hosts St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m.



Western Carolina 33, Presbyterian 20


Cullowhee, N.C. - Senior tailback Mike Malone rushed for a career-best 105 yards and two touchdowns while his backfield classmate Todd Spitzer threw for a career-high 239 yards on 19 completions as Western Carolina snapped its 12-game losing skid with a 33-20 win over the Presbyterian Blue Hose Saturday night at E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field.


The win, which ends the nation's third-longest winless drought, was Western's 10th-straight victory in home openers and improved head coach Kent Briggs to 6-0 in home openers during his WCU tenure.


"I am very, very excited for our players and our program. This was a big win for us and boosted our confidence a little more. We have had a rough three weeks and we definitely needed this win tonight," said Briggs after emerging from a jubilant locker room. "We still have some improving to do and we'll work on those things headed into next week, right now we just need to enjoy it. I am very happy for the guys and the coaching staff".


Eight Catamounts caught passes for the Catamounts led by sophomore Marquel Pittman who hauled in a career-best seven passes for 107 yards, including a long catch of 42 yards, while red-shirt sophomore Marcus Brown tallied his first career touchdown on a 16-yard strike.


Malone's 100-yard rushing day was the first for WCU since Darius Fudge rushed for 102 at Liberty in 2006. Pittman's 100-yard receiving output was the first since Eddie Cohen recorded 109 yards in 2004 against Appalachian State. The tandem 100-yard performers marked Western's first since the same '04 outing versus the Mountaineers when the Catamounts reclaimed the Jug in Cullowhee.

Western (1-3) scored on its first two possessions on the night to stake itself to a 10-3 lead late in the first quarter. The Catamounts drove the opening kickoff 71 yards in an impressive 13 plays, including a 14-yard pass to senior Nick Miller and a 13-yard delivery to Pittman. The drive was capped by an eight-yard touchdown scamper by Malone to give Western the 7-0 lead.


On the ensuing possession, the Catamount defense held Presbyterian to three and out, but a muffed punt and fumble recovery by the Blue Hose at the WCU eight-yard line set up PC first and goal. However, in the shadow of their own goal posts, Western again stiffened as red-shirt sophomore Darrell Gray broke up a third-down pass play from the three-yard line to limit the Blue Hose to a field goal.


Pittman's 42-yard reception from Spitzer highlighted the Catamounts second possession, which spanned 59 yards in seven plays and ended with a 30-yard Jonathan Parsons' field goal - his first of two on the night.


After Presbyterian closed to within four points, 10-6, with a second Cam Miller field goal, the Catamounts closed the half with a 45-yard scoring drive as Spitzer found Brown streaking down the middle from 16-yards out to push WCU ahead, 17-6, with under two minutes to play before the break.


Trying for a score before the break, Western recorded its first interception of the season as sophomore Antoine George picked off a Grayson Mullins pass in the end zone inside of 30 second left in the half. Western lead at the break, 17-6, marking the first time all season that Presbyterian had been held without a touchdown in any half.


Out of the halftime locker room, the Blue Hose (1-3), under the direction of new quarterback junior Tim Webb, used an aerial attack to move 82 yards in nine plays, seven of which were passes. The scoring drive was capped by a 30-yard strike from Webb to sophomore Matt Quinn, who transferred to PC from Vanderbilt during preseason workouts. Presbyterian's two-point conversion attempt failed leaving WCU ahead, 17-12.


Parsons' second field goal of the game - a 34 yarder with a minute remaining in the third quarter - pushed the Catamounts ahead by eight, 20-12. Yet, for the second time this season, Presbyterian tied the game with an early fourth quarter score as junior Terrence Butler scampered in from seven-yards out on an end around and Webb found Butler for the two-point conversion to leave the game knotted at 20.


With PC shying away from kicking to Malone - who finished with 193 all-purpose yards (105 rushing, 75 returns) - Brown was the beneficiary of a short kickoff on the next possess. The Cary, N.C., native returned the pooch 23 yards to set up the Catamounts in perfect field possession, in PC territory at the 45 yard line. Ten plays later, including eight carries for 36 yards by Malone, the Gainesville, Ga., native plunged in from four yards out to push WCU ahead for good, 26-20, on a drive that consumed 4:19 off the fourth quarter clock.


On Presbyterian's next possession, the Catamount defense again rose to the occasion. After surrendering consecutive runs of five and six yards, respectively, the Catamounts stymied the Blue Hose with a Calvin Johnson stop for no gain and Quinton Phillips and Jeff Bradley combining to shove Webb for a seven-yard loss forcing a PC punt.


Utilizing the running game on its final possession, Spitzer converted a fourth and goal from the one with a sneak up the middle into pay dirt to ice the victory.


Spitzer completed 19-of-31 passes for 239 yards, while sophomore Adam Hearns was 3-for-9 for 30 yards. Also, sophomore Willie Harper rushed 16 times for 62 yards as Western out gained its opposition for the first time this season, 432-to-346.


"Todd (Spitzer) came through real well for us tonight. He moved the ball and the team real well. He came through went it counted and did what was needed to win. Adam (Hearns) also played well for us tonight; he had a few drives that helped move the ball down field and continues to improve each game. He did some good things for us tonight and is going to have a great year and will continue to grow as the season goes on," said Briggs on the play of his two quarterbacks.

For Presbyterian, both quarterbacks surpassed the 100-yard passing mark as starter, Mullins, finished 10-for-23 with one interception and Webb was 10-of-13 for 104 yards and one TD. Tailback S.J. Worrell rushed 11 times for 76 yards for the Blue Hose who three on 37 of their 60 offensive plays.


"We've got to execute better - both our offense and our defense. Bottom line, what we do is based on execution, and we have to execute better," said PC head coach, Bobby Bentley following the loss.


Western Carolina opens Southern Conference play next Saturday, Sept. 29 as it visits Georgia Southern at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. The game will be broadcast by Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) with a 3:30 pm kickoff.




Chattanooga 45, Georgia Southern 38 (OT)


STATESBORO, Ga. --- It took an extra period Saturday, but the football team won at Georgia Southern for the first time ever, defeating the Eagles 45-38 in one overtime.


Receiver Thomas Hinton caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Antonio Miller on the Mocs’ second play from scrimmage in overtime.  The extra point made it 45-38.


On Georgia Southern’s overtime possession, quarterback Jayson Foster’s pass on fourth-down-and-nine sailed over the intended receiver’s head, ending the game.


“This is a great win for us and for our program,” UTC Head Coach Rodney Allison said.  “Last year, we beat them, but we didn’t take advantage of it during the rest of the season.  Now we have to take this win and carry it over to next week’s game.”


UTC edged GSU 27-26 last year in Chattanooga on a last-second field goal.  Saturday’s win marks the first time the Mocs have notched back-to-back wins over the Eagles, and it is just the third win for UTC in the series which has been dominated by Georgia Southern, 2-1, 0-1.


The Mocs, 1-2, 1-0 in the SoCon, took a 38-31 lead with 3:32 to play when back Erroll Wynn took a Statue-of-Liberty play around right end for a 19-yard touchdown.  It was Wynn’s second score of the game, and he finished with 125 yards on 27 carries.


The Eagles ran the ensuing kickoff 32 yards to the UTC 42-yard line.  Foster converted a third-and-eight play with a 16-yard run, and back Mike Hamilton scored from three yards away with 1:17 to play.  The extra point kick would eventually cause the game to go into overtime.


UTC owned a 17-14 halftime lead on the strength of 17 consecutive points.


The Eagles scored on their opening possession of the game.  Foster raced through the left side of the defense for a 36-yard touchdown, putting GSU on the scoreboard, 7-0 at 10:43 of the opening quarter.


The Mocs answered and tied the score six minutes later.  Miller and Blue Cooper connected on a 38-yard pass play to get the Mocs to the GSU 16-yard line.  Six plays later, Erroll Wynn scored his first touchdown of the season, ramming it in from two yards out.


UTC capitalized on an Edward Sawyer interception of a Foster pass deep in GSU territory as Miller hit Matthew Angeloni on a 20-yard touchdown pass with 57 seconds remaining in the first quarter.


Kicker Craig Camay booted a 25-yard field goal at 9:00 of the second quarter to push the Mocs’ advantage to 17-7.   Mike Hamilton’s three-yard touchdown run 6:07 before halftime provided the three-point halftime margin.


GSU grabbed a 28-17 lead on its first two second-half possessions.  Foster, who ran for 210 yards, his third 200-yard rushing game in as many outings, scored on a 60-yard jaunt at 12:57 and from 14 yards out at 10:11.


UTC answered with back-to-back TDs.  Miller found Blue Cooper in the end zone for a five-yard score at 6:23 of the third quarter, and safety Jeff Phillips scooped up a Foster fumble and raced 63 yards with 1:38 left in the period for a 31-28 edge.


Foster accounted for 330 total yards of offense, including 120 on 17-of-20 passing.


The Mocs only committed two penalties and did not turn the ball over.  Miller was 12-of-27 passing for 161 yards and threw three touchdown passes for the first time in his career.  Cooper hauled in four balls for 86 yards, and Hinton had three catches for 41.


“I don’t want the high to die until late tomorrow,” Allison said.  “I want these kids to enjoy it.  They worked hard.  I think we are mature enough to go forward with this.  We just put ourselves in position.  I know it is just one game, but we put ourselves in position to contend.


“Foster is a great player, and he made a lot out of nothing.  But I have believed in the character of this team, and tonight I am extremely proud and happy for our guys.”


Safety Chris Camacho led a trio of UTC defenders with 12 tackles.  Steven Mills also recorded 12 stops, and Edward Sawyer added 11.


The Mocs return home next Saturday, hosting SoCon foe The Citadel at 6 p.m. at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

Georgia Southern continues its three-game homestand next Saturday (Sept. 29) against Western Carolina. The Southern Conference meeting will be televised live on CSS with kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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