Georgia Southern 27, Western Carolina 3
STATESBORO, Ga. – Georgia Southern’s defense turned in a record-setting performance as the Eagles won their Southern Conference-opener 27-3 over Western Carolina Saturday night (Sept. 19) at Paulson Stadium. The Eagles improved to 2-1 overall and snapped a four-game losing streak in SoCon openers (2004, a 58-14 win over Wofford).
The defense held Western (0-3, 0-1) to minus-12 yards rushing, the second-lowest total allowed in program history and in the process set a Paulson Stadium record. GS also gave up just four first downs (at VMI, Oct. 1993) and none rushing (vs. Valdosta State, Sept. 1992), both matching program records.
After holding Western to a 3-and-out on the opening drive, the Eagles marched down the field. Lee Chapple completed a pass to Jamere Valentine on 3rd-and-5 and Johnathan Bryant on 3rd-and-7 to keep the drive alive. The drive stalled inside the redzone but Adrian Mora converted on a 31-yard field goal for the game’s first points.
That field goal marked the 11th consecutive game Mora kicked a field goal (every game of his collegiate career), and in the process set a GS record.
The Eagles again drove into Western territory during the first quarter. Mora’s 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked and the Catamounts took over near midfield. Zack Jaynes found Chris Everett for 44 yards. On third down Jaynes went to the endzone but Darrell Pasco recorded the first interception of his career.
Later in the half facing third down from the Eagles’ 12, Jaynes found George Richardson but Derek Heyden put the hit on and forced a fumble. Dion DuBose picked up the loose ball on the five and raced 57 yards into Catamount territory. Chapple hit Patrick Barker for a 10-yard gain then a facemask penalty gave GS 1st-and-10 on the WCU 12. Three plays later Chapple hit Valentine on a 13-yard touchdown and Mora’s kick made it 10-0.
The Eagles scored again late in the half thanks to a 12-play drive that covered 80 yards. Chapple found Garryon Taylor on a 6-yard TD pass to the right corner of the endzone. Mora’s extra point gave GS a 17-0 lead heading into the locker room.
Ronnie Wiggins took the kickoff to start the second half 41 yards into Western territory. An offsides call helped stall the drive inside the 10 as Mora would convert from 23 yards out capping the nine-play drive. That second field goal matched Mora’s career-high.
The defense forced Western to punt, but on the return Valentine fumbled and Western recovered on its own 10. Three incomplete passes set up Blake Bostic’s 32-yard field goal, making it 20-3 in the final minute of the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the offense finally punched one into the endzone on the ground. Adam Urbano scored from 13 yards out on 4th-and-1 marking the team’s first rushing touchdown this year.
During the second half, the defense held Western to just 16 yards of total offense and no first downs.
“Our goal coming into this game was to be more aggressive defensively which I thought we did. What an outstanding job. We have got to take our hats off to our defense and we should have had a shutout, but those things are hard to come by. But they played an awesome ball game all night long. It made it easy for us offensively,” said head coach Chris Hatcher. “One thing we talked about is we have to take some pressure off of Lee Chapple. He’s had two games where we have asked him to do too much. We’ve got a good offensive line and we felt like we just needed to just line up and play some physical football upfront and we did that. We were able to control the clock and we controlled the game from start to finish. I thought we were in great control of the ball game.
“Offensively if we can eliminate a penalty here or there tonight was even a bigger night. But we finally scored some touchdowns and were very excited about that. Hopefully we will build off this game and get a little better each and every week,” stated Hatcher.
Chapple finished 26-of-38 through the air for 249 yards and matched a career-high with two touchdown passes.
Urbano rushed a career-high 17 times totaling 78 yards while also setting a personal-best 77 receiving yards on five receptions.
Valentine caught six passes for 54 yards and a TD, his team-leading third this season. Darreion Robinson rushed for 76 yards and caught three passes for 20 yards. In all, 10 different receivers caught a pass as the Eagles out-gained Western 461-194 in total offense.
True-freshman Darius Eubanks led the Eagles with six tackles, including two for a loss. Laron Scott made four stops and broke up a pass in which he nearly came up with an interception and clear path to the endzone. All three of Markeith Wylie’s tackles went for a loss. Pasco not only intercepted his first collegiate pass but also recorded three pass break-ups in the win.
Jaynes completed 13-of-33 passes for 206 yards. Marquel Pittman caught three passes in the first half totaling 93 yards.
Chris Collins recorded a game-high 14 tackles while Adrian McLeod added 13 and Ricky Schwarz finished with 11.
The Eagles travel to Elon next Saturday (Sept. 26) for a Southern Conference contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Western Carolina returns home to host Furman at 6 p.m. next Saturday night in a league game that will be televised by WMYA-TV.
GAME NOTES: Mora’s first quarter field goal surpassed the former record of 10 straight held by Tim Foley set during the 1985 season... Western recorded three pass completions of 40-plus yards in the first half... The Eagles’ 103 rushing yards in the first half were more than the team had in the first two games combined (69 yards)... Georgia Southern kept Western scoreless in the first half this season and to minus-1 yards of rushing. The last time GS kept an opponent scoreless in the first half was at home in 2007 against Western... Wiggins 41-yard kickoff return to start the second half set a personal-best... The previous rushing low by an opponent at Paulson Stadium was 21 yards on two occasions, last by Fayetteville State in September 1999. The Eagles set a program record in 2007 when they held Elon to minus-19 yards rushing... Sophomore Zeke Rozier made his first start of the season.
The Citadel 38, Princeton 7
Princeton, N.J. - The Citadel scored 38 unanswered points to defeat Princeton, 38-7, and claim its first win of the 2009 season on Saturday at Princeton Stadium before a crowd of 7,885.
Wide receiver Scott Harward led the Bulldog offensive effort with a career-performance of seven catches for 99 yards, while the running back duo of Terrell Dallas and Van Dyke Jones, who both made a season debut, totaled 22 carries for 99 yards. The Bulldog defensive effort was highlighted by interceptions from Jonathan Glaspie and Jeremy Buncum for a total of 90 return yards.
Princeton received the ball first starting their opening drive on their own 28-yard line. The Bulldog defense, coming out strong, limited the Tigers to only nine yards and forced a punt after three plays and 2:14.
Sophomore running back Dallas entered the game for the first time since tearing his ACL against Florida and ran the first two plays in the Bulldogs' first possession of the game. After a 4-yard run, Dallas broke loose for a 14-yard rush and a first down on the second play. After a Bart Blanchard incomplete pass, Jones made his collegiate debut with a two-yard rush on second-and-10 at The Citadel 25-yard line. However, a false start penalty on the Bulldogs and a Blanchard sack for a loss of 10 yards made it fourth-and-23, forcing The Citadel to punt.
The next Princeton possession started on the Bulldog 42-yard line and consisted of penalties on both sides. The second penalty was against the Bulldogs giving the Tigers an automatic first down on The Citadel 17-yard line. Two plays later a Jordan Culbreath 10-yard rush gave the Tigers a first-and-goal on the five-yard line and Princeton followed with a Tommy Wornham pass to Jeb Heavenrich for the touchdown at 6:46 in the first. Ben Bologna's extra point was good, putting the Tigers up, 7-0.
The Citadel answered on the next possession as three consecutive rushes by quarterbacks Miguel Starks and Blanchard for seven, 12 and 11 yards, respectively, put the Bulldogs in Tiger territory for first-and-10 on Princeton's 39-yard line. A Blanchard incomplete pass followed by two short-yard rushes set Sam Keeler up for a 40-yard field goal that was good at 2:23 in the first quarter, making the score 7-3.
The Bulldogs started the second quarter with the ball on the Princeton 43-yard line at second-and-four. The Citadel racked up four first downs, putting them in scoring position at first-and-goal until a holding call pushed them back to the Tiger 13-yard line. Driving to the one-yard line on a Blanchard pass to Ryan Keiper, the Princeton defense made a huge stop forcing a turnover on downs after a one-yard loss on a Dallas rush. After driving the ball 58 yards in 15 plays and taking 8:15 off the clock, The Citadel offense came up scoreless with just under eight minutes left in the half.
The Bulldogs regained their composure on the next possession after an Andre Roberts punt return for 14 yards started their drive on the Princeton 46-yard line. Roberts rush for six yards on the second play, followed by a13-yard rush by Jones on third-and-one, giving The Citadel a first down and the ball on the Princeton 24-yard line. Two plays later Blanchard found Alex Sellars in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown pass, the first of the season for the Bulldogs, at 2:58 in the second quarter. Sam Keeler's kick was good and the Bulldogs went up, 10-7, for the final score of the half.
Starting the second half, the Bulldogs ran five plays for 16 yards but could not get out of Citadel territory. The next Princeton drive started at 13:39 and took 4:05 off the clock after driving 13 plays for 73 yards.
However, the Tigers came up short as a Bologna 31-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright.
The Citadel's next drive started on the 20-yard line and the Bulldogs took it all the way down the field in 10 plays and 4:27. The drive, which consisted of a Roberts' 39-yard catch, ended with a three-yard touchdown run by Jones at 5:07 to put The Citadel up, 17-7.
Again, the Tigers were in scoring position on the next drive. But for the second consecutive Princeton possession, the Tigers came up short on a field goal attempt as defensive lineman Kyle Anderson blocked a 32-yard attempt by Bologna at the end of the third quarter.
The next two Bulldog scoring drives were completed with touchdown runs by Dallas. The first of the two drives included a 41-yard pass from Blanchard to Harward to put the Bulldogs in Tiger territory. Blanchard and Harward connected on two more passes for 14 and nine yards before Dallas made the one-yard run that concluded another 80-yard scoring drive for the Bulldogs at 10:01 in the fourth quarter. The second drive was setup by Jonathan Glaspie who intercepted a Wornham pass and returned it for 86 yards to the Princeton two-yard line. Dallas immediately scored on the run with 5:29 left in the game, extending The Citadel lead to 31-7.
The Bulldog defense did not let up as Jeremy Buncum intercepted a Wornham pass on the next drive and returned it for four yards to the Princeton 21-yard line. Starks rushed for two consecutive plays, a two-yard run and then a 17-yard run, to give The Citadel a first-and-goal on the two-yard line. Two plays later, Starks ran it in for the score with 2:47 left on the clock. Keeler's kick was good and the Bulldogs went up, 38-7, for the final points of the game.
The Citadel finished with 381 yards of total offense, 173 on the ground and 208 passing. Blanchard completed 16-of-26 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown, while Starks connected on one-of-two for 14 yards. Jones led the Bulldog running effort with 15 carries for 59 yards, while Starks rushed for 40 and Dallas for 36 yards. Harward led the Bulldog receiving effort with seven catches for 99 yards. Roberts caught three passes for 56 yards, rushed for 17 yards and returned two punts for 37 yards for a total of 110 all-purpose yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs were led by Jordon Gilmore with 12 tackles and one pass breakup. The Bulldogs totaled two interceptions for 90 return yards and held the Tigers scoreless for the second half.
Princeton totaled 347 yards of offense, 128 yards rushing and 219 passing. Wornham connected on 24-of-41 passes with two interceptions and one touchdown. Both teams recorded six penalties, The Citadel for 45 yards and Princeton for 49.
The Citadel (1-1 overall, 0-0 SoCon) will return to Charleston for their first home game of the season against Presbyterian on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Chattanooga 29, Presbyterian 13
The Chattanooga Mocs improved to 2-1 for the first time since the 2005 season with a 29-13 win at Presbyterian College (0-3) in Clinton, S.C., today. The Mocs (2-1, 0-1 SoCon) were led by senior RB Bryan Fitzgerald's 181 yards rushing and a strong second half surge by the defense to post their first road win in almost two seasons.
After the Mocs' opening drive stalled, PC took over deep in its own territory. Freshman linebacker Ryan Consiglio snagged his first career interception on the Blue Hose' first offensive play, giving UTC excellent field position on the PC 16-yard-line.
The Mocs gave six of those yards back and the drive ended with senior Craig Camay missing a 39-yard FG attempt. The Blue Hose responded with a 69-yard drive that ended in a 26-yard FG by Aaron Mayes, giving PC a 3-0 lead.
Camay tied it at the end of the first quarter with a career-long 52-yard FG. It equaled the second longest in school history and was the first of 50+ yards since Scott Kielbock connected on the school record 53-yarder against Samford on Sept. 3, 1998.
The Blue Hose went up 10-3 with 12:54 left in the first half on a one-yard run by Trandon Dendy. The Mocs' ensuing drive seemed to stall after two plays, but Coleman hit junior TE Garrett Huges over the middle for a 41-yard reception to get to PC's 24 yard line. Three plays later, Coleman found junior Chris Pitchford on the far side to tie the game again at 10-10.
The Mocs forced a three-and-out by PC and drove 78 yards for the go ahead score on its next possession. The drive included a 43-yard hook-up between Coleman and Davis and ended with a 15-yard TD run by Fitzgerald. Camay missed the PAT, snapping his streak of 25 consecutive made, but UTC still took a 16-10 halftime lead.
UTC's defense settled down in the second half and only allowed 107 yards of total offense after the break. Chattanooga scored again on a 22-yard TD pass from Coleman to Davis with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter. The PAT was blocked and the score remained 22-10. The final score of the game came at the end of the third on a three-yard TD run by Fitzgerald.
Fitzgerald's 181 yards on the ground set a new career-high and was the first 100-yard rushing game by a Moc since he and Erroll Wynn topped the century mark in the last game of the 2007 season.
Sophomore QB B.J.Coleman finished the game 16-29 passing for 224 yards and a pair of TDs. It is his third consecutive 200-yard passing game. Davis finished with three catches for 76 yards and a touchdown while seniors Blue Cooper (45 yards, Clint Woods (39 yards) and Pitchford (23 yards, 1 TD) all had four catches each.
Consiglio led Chattanooga's defense with a season-high 12 tackles and a sack to go with his early interception. UTC posted five sacks on the night and senior Joeseph Thorton added his fifth career interception.
The Mocs now look to Homecoming Week when they host No. 14 Wofford (1-2, 0-0 SoCon) at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are available now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
Samford 31, Miles 12
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Samford football team used a strong second half to take a 31-12 win over the Miles College Golden Bears Saturday afternoon at Seibert Stadium.
Samford trailed, 12-3 at halftime, but the Bulldogs outscored the Golden Bears, 28-0 in the second half on the way to the win.
"In the first half, we were a little sloppy, especially on offense," Samford head coach Pat Sullivan said. "Give Miles some credit for that, but our defense did a nice job of hanging in there.”
"I thought one of the big differences in the second half was our kicking game," Sullivan said. "We did a nice job of pinning them deep and then we were able to get some points off of that. It was a good win for us and I was glad to get it."
For Miles (2-2), Carlton Hill completed 13-of-27 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Cody caught five passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
Miles jumped on top first when Hill threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cody with 11:55 to go in the second quarter. Jon Rodriguez missed the extra-point attempt to make the score 6-0, Miles.
On Samford's ensuing possession, Dustin Taliaferro was intercepted by Justin Hill at the Miles 40-yard line, and Hill returned the ball to the Samford 17-yard line. Hill then hit Cody for a 17-yard touchdown with 11:18 to go in the second quarter. The extra-point attempt was no good, giving Miles a 12-0 lead.
Samford put its first points on the scoreboard when Cameron Yaw kicked a 34-yard field goal with 6:50 to go in the second quarter. Yaw's kick cut the Miles lead to 12-3.
On the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter, Evans rushed 51 yards to the Miles seven-yard line. On the next play, Taliaferro hit Covington for a seven-yard touchdown. Yaw added the extra point to cut the Miles lead to 12-10 with 14:16 to go in the third quarter.
Samford took its first lead of the game when Taliaferro scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 7:45 to go in the third quarter. Yaw added the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 17-12 lead.
Taliaferro scored his second rushing touchdown on a five-yard run with 12:02 to go in the fourth quarter, and Yaw's PAT made the score 24-12. Samford started its drive at the Miles 12-yard line after Samford's Erik Peterson forced a Miles fumble.
Samford finished the scoring when Evans scored on a seven-yard run with 6:27 to go in the game. Yaw's extra point made the final score 31-12.
Samford will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 26, when the Bulldogs open Southern Conference play at 10th-ranked Appalachian State. The game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. (CT) start from Boone, N.C.
Wisconsin 44, Wofford 14
MADISON, Wisconsin. – Wofford College was defeated 44-14 by Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The game began with four fumbles lost in the first seven minutes, two by each team, but three touchdowns by the Badgers in a span of four minutes in the second quarter but the game away.
The Terriers fall to 2-1 on the season, while Wisconsin is now 3-0. The Terriers were led by Mike Rucker with 46 yards rushing and Austin Palmer with 43 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Wisconsin was led by Curt Phillips with 92 yards and Zach Brown with 63 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Scott Tolzien was 15-of-20 passing for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
The Badgers opened the game with the ball and after gaining two first downs, SeQuan Stanley forced John Clay to fumble and Kendall Bratcher made the recovery. On the first play from scrimmage for Wofford, Mitch Allen fumbled the handoff and it was recovered by the Badgers.
Just two plays later, the Badgers gave the ball back to the Terriers when SeQuan Stanley forced his second fumble of the game and Tommy Irvin recovered the ball. Wofford went three-and-out on the ensuing drive.
On the next drive for Wisconsin, the Badgers gained one rushing first down before being forced to punt by the Terriers. However, Wofford fumbled the punt return, giving the ball back to the Badgers. Wisconsin got on the scoreboard first when Philip Welch hit a 36-yard field goal attempt at the 4:23 mark in the first quarter. On the next drive for the Terriers, Mike Rucker had a fifteen-yard gain for a first down, but Wofford punted on fourth-an-four.
On the next drive for the Badgers, Scott Tolzien completed two long passes before capping the drive with a three-yard pass to Lance Kendricks at 14:55 in the second quarter. With the ball back, the Terriers were forced three-and-out. The punt was blocked by the Badgers and recovered in the endzone by David Gilbert for a touchdown at 12:50 for a 17-0 lead.
Wofford got the ball back and on fourth-and-four Mitch Allen was sacked. Wisconsin wasted little time with the short field and scored on a four-yard touchdown run by Erik Smith at 10:14 in the second quarter to increase the lead to 24-0. Arsenio Parks gained a first down on the next Terriers’ drive, but again Wofford was forced to punt.
With the ball back, the Badgers drove 60 yards in ten plays and scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Scott Tolzien to Garrett Graham with 1:32 remaining in the first half. Wofford opened their next drive with a 31-yard return by Mike Rucker. Austin Palmer added a 15-yard run for a first down, but Mitch Allen was sacked and lost the ball, which was recovered by Wisconsin. The Badgers went three-and-out, punted, and then Wofford ran out the clock to end the first half.
The Terriers took the opening kickoff of the second half. Wofford gained four first downs on the drive, but the 46-yard field goal attempt by Christian Reed was wide left at 8:24 in the third quarter.
Wisconsin gained one first down before fumbling, which was recovered by Preston Roseboro. Wofford opened their drive with a 26-yard reception by Devin Reed from Mitch Allen. Austin Palmer capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run at 5:29 in the third quarter for a 31-7 score.
The Badgers answered with an eight-play, 62 yard drive that ended with a two-yard touchdown run by Zach Brown. The PAT was missed, giving Wisconsin a 37-7 lead at 1:45 in the third quarter. Wofford moved the ball to the Wisconsin 15-yard line, but a pass by Allen was intercepted in the end zone by Devin Smith to give the ball back to the Badgers.
Wisconsin added a two-yard touchdown run by Zach Brown at 9:37 in the fourth quarter to take a 44-7 lead in the game. Wofford got the ball back and was able to put together the longest drive of the game as they went 73 yards in 13 plays and took 7:09 off the clock. The drive ended with Austin Palmer scoring from one yard out for a 44-14 score with 2:18 left in the game. Wisconsin gained one first down and was able to run out the clock for the win.
Wofford had 259 yards of total offense, with 214 on the ground. Wisconsin had 430 yards of offense in the game. The Badgers were 5-of-8 on third down. Wofford was 6-of-15 on third down and 1-of-2 on fourth down. Wofford had four turnovers in the game, while the Badgers turned the ball over three times. The Terriers had only three penalties for 20 yards, while Wisconsin was penalized six times for 63 yards.
The Terriers will begin Southern Conference play next Saturday with a contest at Chattanooga with a 6:00 pm kickoff. Wofford returns home on Saturday, October 3 to host Georgia Southern at 1:30 pm for Homecoming.
Wofford vs. Wisconsin Post-Game Notes
The Terriers faced a team from the Big Ten for the first time in school history.
In the first half, the Terriers had only 63 yards, while the Badgers had 225 total yards. Wofford did not complete a pass in the first half and only had three completions in the game.
Senior Austin Palmer scored his first career touchdown in the third quarter and added a second in the fourth quarter. He had a career-high 43 yards on nine carries in the game.
Game captains were Justice Joslin and Mike Niam.
Injuries in the game include Mike Niam (knee) and Anthony Carden (concussion). Niam will have an MRI on Sunday.
The crowd of 78,253 at historic Camp Randall Stadium was the largest ever to see the Terriers play. It ended a streak of 41 straight home games with capacity crowds (80,321) at Wisconsin.
No. 25 Missouri 52, Furman 12
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Missouri used a trick play to score the first of its six consecutive TDs in a 52-12 victory over Furman on Saturday.
Gabbert completed 17 of 25 passes for 256 yards and tied his career high with three TD throws. He ran 40 yards for another score.
Missouri (3-0) scored its first touchdown on a 40-yard pass from receiver Danario Alexander to fellow wideout Jared Perry. The play started with a cross-field lateral from Gabbert to Alexander.
Perry added a 48-yard TD catch on the Tigers' next possession and set career highs with seven catches for 161 yards. Alexander also caught two TD passes.
Wake Forest 35, Elon 7
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Riley Skinner passed for a career-high 289 yards and three touchdowns as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons totaled 426 yards of total offense in a 35-7 victory over the Elon Phoenix from BB&T Field on Saturday night. In just Elon's second game ever against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent, the Phoenix mustered 263 yards of offense. Both teams are now 2-1 on the season.
Said Elon coach Pete Lembo, "Obviously they're big, they're strong, they're fast. But I felt like we left a lot of productive plays on the field in the first half. We had some dropped balls that would've led to big plays early that could've kept us in it."
Wake Forest received the opening kickoff which was returned 37 yards by Alex Frye to the Wake 48. The Phoenix defense was stout, limiting the Deacons to just three yards before forcing a punt.
Elon's first drive began with Scott Riddle finding Terrell Hudgins for a 15-yard completion out to the Phoenix 28. Elon picked up five more yards on another Riddle-to-Hudgins connection before being forced to punt.
The Deacons began their second drive at the Wake 45 and moved to the Elon six after a pass from Skinner to Cameron Ford picked up 36 yards. On third and goal from the five, Skinner found Jordan Williams in the end zone for the first six points of the game. The drive was six plays and went 55 yards over 2:42 and put Elon behind for the first time this season.
Facing a third-and-eight from their own 31, Skinner found Josh Adams on a screen which picked up 18 yards and gave the Deacons a first down near mid-field. Back-to-back rushes by Adams picked up another 16 yards and moved the ball to the Elon 35. Wake Forest converted its third third down of the game when Devon Brown picked up six yards on a third and four. After Adams was caught in the backfield for a five-yard loss, Skinner checked down to Tommy Bohanon for a pick up of 14 to bring up a third-and-one situation. Bohanon picked up the first down by gaining three yards to the Phoenix 17 yard line. On yet another third-and-short, Adams rushed for three yards to give Wake Forest a first-and-goal. Three plays later, Mike Rinfrette plunged in from the one and the Deacons moved ahead 14-0 with just 49 seconds to play in the first quarter. Wake ate up the clock on the drive, going 71 yards on 16 plays over 7:19.
Elon was looking at a potential three-and-out when Riddle eluded a Deacon rush and was able to find A.J. Harris open deep downfield for a 29-yard reception to the Wake 47. After a holding penalty put the Phoenix in a first-and-18, Riddle connected to Harris for 13 yards. The Deacs got pressure on Riddle on the third down play, sacking the Phoenix quarterback for a loss of seven and forcing Elon to punt.
Skinner found Chris Givens for a 54-yard TD strike on a first-and-15 to move Wake ahead 21-0. Elon's Karlos Sullivan looked as if he was going to have the ball picked off, but was tripped up by the official which allowed Givens to haul in the score which capped a seven-play, 85-yard drive.
With under a minute remaining in the first half, Cameron McGlenn successfully picked off Skinner on a third down play and returned the ball 35 yards to the Wake Forest 30 yard line. It was the third interception in as many games for McGlenn. The Phoenix saw its best scoring opportunity of the half snuffed out after Adam Shreiner's 47-yard field goal attempt missed short and Elon went into the half trailing 21-0.
Over the first 30 minutes, Wake Forest outgained Elon by a 273-100 yard margin in total offense. Also key in the first half was that the Demon Deacons converted seven of their 10 third down plays while the Phoenix was successful on just one of its seven third down attempts. Wake held a time of possession edge of 19:52-10:08.
The second half began with a three-and-out by Elon. A high snap that was deftly grabbed by Riddle allowed Wake's Gelo Orange time to penetrate the line and get a hand on the kick and the Deacons took over at the Phoenix 32 yard line. Wake quickly covered the 32 yards and the drive was capped by a one-yard TD plunge by Adams.
Marshall Williams hauled in an 80-yard pass from Skinner on a third-and-two as the Deacon lead grew to 35-0.
In the fourth quarter, Elon methodically drove the ball downfield to the Wake Forest 13 yard line before Riddle found Hudgins on a slant into the end zone to put the Phoenix on the board. Elon's drive ate up 5:34 off the clock and covered 76 yards over 14 plays. On the drive, Hudgins hauled in six catches.
Riddle completed 24 of his 43 passing attempts for 195 yards and one score.
Hudgins finished the game with 13 catches for 113 yards and a TD. He has 21 career 100-yard receiving games for his career. For his career, Hudgins has 303 catches, 14 shy of Jacaquay Nunnally's FCS record, and 4,020 receiving yards. He sits 673 yards shy of Jerry Rice's FCS record for career receiving yards.
Defensively, both Walker White and Joshua Jones tallied nine total tackles.
For Wake Forest, Marshall Williams notched 93 yards on two catches.
Elon will head into Southern Conference play next week by playing host to Georgia Southern in a 1:30 p.m. contest from Rhodes Stadium.