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Furman beats Samford 58-14

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Darren Grainger threw four TD passes, Devin Wynn had 278 yards from scrimmage and three scores, and Furman beat Samford 58-14 on Saturday.

Furman ran 60 times for 460 yards and finished with 647 yards of total offense. Wynn's 217 yards rushing ranked ninth in program history. Grainger was 6 of 9 for 183 yards and no interceptions.

Furman (4-2, 3-0 Southern Conference) scored on its first nine possessions — seven straight touchdowns followed by a field goal and a touchdown that capped the scoring early in the fourth quarter.

Samford (3-3, 2-1) scored on the opening possession of the game. But Wynn went 75 yards on Furman's first play from scrimmage, tying it at 7-all and sparking a 35-point run.

The Paladins led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter and 42-14 at halftime.

Jay Stanton ran eight times for 77 yards for the Bulldogs.

VMI 34, The Citadel 21

CHARLESTON — Reece Udinski threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jakob Herres late in the game to help VMI snap a 12-game losing skid against The Citadel with a 34-21 victory on Saturday.

Brandon Rainey scored on a 3-yard touchdown run that pulled The Citadel (2-4, 0-2 Southern Conference) to 27-21 with 3:22 to play before Udinski connected with Herres three plays later for a score with 2:18 remaining.

Udinski threw three touchdown passes and was 25 of 35 for 335 yards. He also stretched his SoCon single season record to 252 consecutive passes without an interception. Herres had eight catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Alex Ramsey ran for 97 yards and a score.

Rainey was 19 of 34 for 233 yards passing and ran for three short-yardage touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Raleigh Webb caught 10 passes for 110 yards.

The Keydets last beat The Citadel on Nov. 16, 2002.

Wofford 35, ETSU 17

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Newman ran for 185 yards and four touchdowns, Miller Mosely ran for a score and Wofford's ground game ground down East Tennessee State in a 35-17 win on Saturday.

The Terriers (3-2, 2-1 Southern Conference) gained 409 of their 464 total yards on the ground while holding the Buccaneers to 258 total yards.

Newman scored on runs of 1 and 59 yards before Tyler Keltner kicked a 27-yard field goal for the Buccaneers (2-4, 0-3). Newman's 8-yard scoring run on the next possession and his 15-yard TD run on the following possession, set up by Ryan Titus' fumble recovery, made it 28-3 at halftime after the Terriers held the Buccaneers to 53 yards of total offense.

East Tennessee State fared better in the second half, with Quay Holmes scoring on 2-yard run in the third quarter and Trey Mitchell hitting Holmes on a 26-yard TD pass early in the fourth.

Mosley's score on a 4-yard run capped a 15-play, 92-yard drive and the Terriers stopped the Buccaneers on downs on the next series for the win.

Mars Hill 20, Newberry 19

NEWBERRY – The Wolves jumped out to a 19-0 lead, but a suffocating Mars Hill defense in the second half and several sustained, methodical Lions' drives helped Mars Hill come back for a 20-19 win in a key South Atlantic Conference battle at Setzler Field.

Newberry (1-4, 1-2 SAC) scored its first touchdown just 45 seconds into the contest and led 19-0 after four scoring drives in the game's first 21 minutes. But the Lions (3-2, 2-1 SAC) held firm from that point onward and benefitted from a flurry of points late in the second quarter.

The Wolves used a 47-yard return of the opening kickoff and a 7-yard reception, both by Chance Walker, to set up a pass from Colton Bailey to a wide-open Austin Gordon, who had slipped into the middle of the Lions' defense and was all alone on a 38-yard touchdown reception less than a minute from the opening kick.

Two plays later, Nick Yearwood picked off a Mars Hill pass to set up a 39-yard field goal by Shea Rodgers to push the lead to 10-0. Mars Hill's next two drives ended in turnovers on downs inside the Newberry red zone, to which the Wolves responded with a nine-play, 78-yard drive for another Rodgers field goal.

A fumble forced by Yearwood and recovered by Trey Woods gave the Wolves the ball at the Lions' 25 before Bailey found Bryson Woodruff, who slipped out of several tackles to find the end zone and give the Wolves a 19-0 lead with 9:22 remaining in the second quarter.

Mars Hill's ensuing 15-play, 75-yard drive that took nearly seven minutes set the tone for the rest of the game. The Lions would finish 8-for-15 on third down conversions, going 2-for-2 on the drive, and found the end zone to trim the deficit to 12.

A Newberry fumble on the first play of their drive gave Mars Hill the ball on the 30-yard line, which the Lions turned into seven points on their first snap. The momentum-shifting sequence saw the Lions score 14 points in a matter of 12 seconds.

The Wolves were unable to find the end zone in the second half, possessing the ball just four times over the final 30 minutes. Two drives ended in punts, with a missed field goal and an interception plaguing Newberry in the final four minutes. A false start penalty turned a 42-yard Rodgers attempt into a 47-yard try, which the senior pushed wide left, while 18 yards worth of sacks on consecutive plays on Newberry's final drive necessitated a desperation heave on 4th and 28 that was picked off.

Bailey led the Wolves with 49 rushing yards and 163 yards through the air on 10-for-25 passing. Woodruff's five catches for 66 yards were the team high in both categories.

Mars Hill's First Team All-American wide receiver Craig Rucker, the active Division II career leader in receiving yards with 3,497 coming into Saturday's contest, was limited to 24 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Collin Sneed was 14-for-25 for 128 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while Elijah Jett's 105 yards on 20 carries were a game high.

The Wolves were outgained for the fifth time in five games this season, surrendering 342 yards while gaining 270. The Lions ran 85 plays, 33 more than the Wolves, and benefitted from 141 yards on 12 Newberry penalties.

Newberry returns to Setzler Field next Saturday for a Homecoming tilt with UVa-Wise. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m.

Limestone 52, Catawba 24

GAFFNEY -- Limestone held Catawba scoreless in the second half and posted a 52-24 victory in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at The Reservation at Gaffney High School. The host Saints improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the SAC, while the Catawba Indians drop to 1-4 and 0-2.

Limestone scored on its first four possessions to jump out to a 28-3 lead after a quarter. Catawba regrouped and got a touchdown on early in the second quarter on an eight-yard run by Kendall Davis to make it 28-10.

Elijah Banks blocked a 48-yard field goal attempt by the Saints on their next possession and the Indians went 69 yards in four plays to trim the deficit to 28-17. Davis hit on two long pass plays in the drive, connecting with Demonte Good for 41 yards then Kolby Easley for a 25-yard score..

Limestone’s offense drove back into the red zone and had a first down at the Catawba 10, but Brenden Westbrook intercepted a pass and raced 85 yards to bring the Indians with 28-24. The Saints regained the momentum as they drove 75 to make it 35-24 at the break. The score came on a first and goal from the 25 when DJ Phillips connected in the end zone with Juwan Scott.

Limestone clamped down on Catawba in the second half, keeping the Indians off the scoreboard and intercepting Davis twice. Scott caught another touchdown pass from Phillips late in the third quarter and the Saints scored twice in the final quarter to pull away.

Davis threw for 268 yards and ran for another 96, accounting for two touchdowns in the loss. He completed 17-of-39 passes, but was intercepted three times. Easley had three catches for 51 yards and Roman White made three grabs for 41 yards. 

Catawba saw an opponent produce a pair of 100-yard runners for the second straight week. Jerko’ya Patton had 121 yards with Malik Brooks added 102. Phillips went 17-of-24 passing for 269 yards and four touchdowns. Scott made seven catches for 144 yards and three scores.

Catawba stays on the road next weekend as the Indians head to Carson-Newman for a 1 p.m. kickoff with the Eagles.

Campbell 28, Presbyterian 14

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (AP) — Freshman Hajj-Malik Williams threw two touchdown passes, Cameron Davis rushed for 137 yards, and Campbell defeated Presbyterian 28-14 on Saturday.

Campbell (4-1, 1-0) attempted just 13 passes with Williams completing 5 of 9 for 141 yards. His touchdowns were 56 yards to Trevion Armstrong in the first quarter and 39 yards to Davarius Bargnare in the final period. In between, Bryant Barr scored on two short runs.

After Presbyterian (0-5, 0-2) drew within 21-14 in the fourth quarter, Williams connected with Bargnare for a two-score lead with 2:03 remaining.

Jarius Jeter rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns for Presbyterian and the Blue Hose sacked Williams five times. Colby Campbell added 14 combined tackles to his conference lead of 44.

North Greenville 29, West Alabama 28

Charleston Southern 24, Savannah State 19

CHARLESTON (AP) — Jack Chambers threw two touchdown passes and ran for the go-ahead score and Charleston Southern overcame four lost turnovers to beat Division II-member Savannah State 24-19 on Saturday for its first win of the season.

Trailing 19-7 in the third quarter, Chambers hit Kameron Brown on a 4-yard TD strike, then ran it in from the 1 in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead TD. Alex Usry added a 35-yard field goal and Darin Smalls ended the Tigers' final drive by intercepting a D'Vonn Gibbons pass with 2:19 to play.

The Buccaneers (1-4) were hurt by three interceptions and a fumble that led to all of Savannah State's points.

Gibbons' 49-yard TD run was set up by an opening-drive fumble recovery and interceptions led to D'Angelo Durham's 9-yard TD run and to two field goals by Giovanni Lugo.

Chambers, 24 of 35 for 231 yards with three interceptions, hit Jaquan Williams on a 13-yard TD pass to tie the game at 7. Ronnie Harris gained 120 yards on 18 carries.

Gibbons was 4 of 11 for 40 yards for the Tigers (3-2, 0-1), who were outgained 415 yards to 240. After 19 years as a Division I team, Savannah State this season is in Division II's Southern Intercollegiate Conference.

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