LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — CJ Marable rushed for 148 yards and recorded two touchdowns to lead Coastal Carolina to a 12-7 victory over Kansas on Saturday night.
Fred Payton connected with Marable for 20 yards to pick up the Chanticleers (1-1) lone touchdown of the first half; however, a missed extra-point attempt in conjunction with a shanked 31-yard field goal by Massimo Biscardi sent the Chanticleers to the locker room facing a 7-6 deficit.
To open the second half, Chandler Kryst picked off the pass of Carter Stanley, fueling a 64-yard drive by Coastal Carolina resulting in a second touchdown for Marable and an ultimately insurmountable lead for the Chanticleers.
A third missed field goal by Biscardi, this time from 27 yards, gifted Kansas (1-1) one final offensive drive late in the fourth quarter, yet the Jayhawks were unable to convert, turning the ball over on downs after gaining only eight yards.
The Chanticleers will host Norfolk State on Saturday
Elon 35, The Citadel 28
ELON, N.C. (AP) — Jaylan Thomas ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns and Brelynd Cyphers' fourth quarter scoring run lifted Elon to a 35-28 victory over The Citadel on Saturday.
Elon (1-1) led 21-7 with under three minutes left in the third quarter before the teams combined for five touchdowns, the final score coming on Cyphers' 30-yard run around right end with six minutes left in the game to break the tie. The Citadel reached Elon territory on its final drive before stalling with a minute remaining.
The Bulldogs (0-2) tied the game at 28-all on Raleigh Webb's 27-yard TD catch from Brandon Rainey following a recovered onside kick.
Thomas went over 100 yards for the third time in his career, scoring on runs of 6 and 20 yards.
Davis Cheek threw for 226 yards and a touchdown to Kortez Weeks. Elon outgained The Citadel 481-225.
Mercer 45, Presbyterian 7
CLINTON (AP) — Rob Lake made the first catch of his collegiate career a good one as he hauled in a 98-yard touchdown toss from Robert Riddle and Mercer went on to pummel Presbyterian College 45-7 on Saturday afternoon.
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Lake's initial catch of his career was also the longest offensive play in Mercer history. Lake broke behind the defense and Riddle hit him in stride on Mercer's 40 to give the Bears a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
Riddle figured in all four scores in the first half as he threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns and ran one in from the 17. Riddle finished with 325 yards passing and 35 yards rushing and rested after three quarters. Tucker Cannon hauled in seven passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Lake finished with 107 yards for Mercer (2-0).
Brandon Thompson led the Blue Hose (0-1), throwing for 150 yards and running for 76 more.
It was the first meeting between the schools since 1941.
Mercer, which started the season with a 49-27 win over Western Carolina, hosts Austin Peay in its home opener next Saturday. Presbyterian hosts Jacksonville next week.
Georgia State 48, Furman 42
ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Ellington threw five touchdown passes and Georgia State rallied from a 17-point second-quarter deficit to defeat FCS-member Furman 48-42 on Saturday.
Ellington completed 29 of 37 passes for 362 yards and no interceptions. His passer rating was 205.2. Furman's Darren Grainger completed 16 of 25 for 323 yards with four TDs and no interceptions. His passer rating was 225.3
Both teams rushed for more than 200 yards and passed for more than 300 as they combined for 1,104 yards of offense.
Grainger threw his first two TD passes and Devin Wynn scored on the ground as the Paladins, ranked No. 11 in the FCS coaches' poll, took a 20-3 lead with 12:55 remaining in the second quarter.
Tra Barnett had an 18-yard TD run and Ellington threw his first TD pass of the game as Georgia State (2-0) closed to within 20-17 at halftime. Ellington threw three more TD passes in the third quarter and the Panthers led 38-28 heading to the fourth.
Ellington connected with Cornelius McCoy on a 44-yard TD throw and Georgia State added Brandon Wright's 38-yard field goal for a 48-35 lead with 7:35 remaining.
Grainger scored on a 12-yard run with 3:26 remaining, but Furman (1-1) went three-and-out on its only subsequent possession.