HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Liam Welch scored on a 2-yard run in the fourth overtime and Samford held off The Citadel 61-55 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs of The Citadel trailed 24-21 heading into the fourth quarter, but Brandon Rainey connected with Raleigh Webb for a 17-yard touchdown, Jacob Godek kicked a 23-yard field goal and Rainey added a 1-yard TD run as the Citadel scored 17 straight points to take a 38-24 lead with 8:08 left in regulation.
Backup quarterback Welch answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that he capped with a 5-yard TD toss to Michael Vice to pull the Bulldogs of Samford (3-2, 2-0 Southern Conference) within 38-31. Following a punt by The Citadel that gave Samford the ball at its own 20-yard line, Welch used three plays before hitting A.J. Toney for a 67-yard scoring strike to knot the score at 38.
The two teams traded two touchdowns and a field goal through the first three overtimes before the Samford defense kept The Citadel (2-3. 0-1) scoreless, leading to the game-winning drive.
Welch completed 9 of 18 passes for 189 yards and three TDs with one interception for Samford. Samford starting QB Chris Oladokun hit 9 of 18 passes for 129 yards and ran for 18 yards and two scores. Jay Stanton rushed for 97 yards and two TDs on 15 carries, while Toney finished with six catches for 102 yards.
Rainey connected on 6 of 7 passes for 196 yards and two scores for The Citadel. He also ran 29 times for 65 yards and three TDs. The Citadel ran the ball 95 times, netting 266 yards.
Wofford 51, VMI 36
LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Joe Newman threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third and Blake Morgan ran for two scores as Wofford won its second straight game, knocking off VMI 51-36 in a Southern Conference battle Saturday afternoon that was delayed for two hours due to lightning.
Wofford lost its SoCon opener to Samford in Week 2 but knocked off Gardner-Webb in a nonconference game a week ago to snap a two-game losing streak. The win is its eighth straight over the Keydets.
The Terriers piled up 439 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Newman was 5 of 8 for 142 yards passing and ran 10 times for 97.
VMI drove 68 yards in eight plays on the first series of the game and Alex Ramsey capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge. After Ryan Lovelace raced 37 yards for a touchdown to tie, the game went into a weather delay.
Once play resumed, Grant Clemons booted a 37-yard field goal to give VMI the lead, 10-7, but Wofford scored four straight touchdowns to take a 35-24 lead at halftime.
Alex Ramsey ran for 207 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns for VMI. Reece Udinski was 25 of 38 for 315 yards and two touchdowns.
Fuman 17, ETSU 10
GREENVILLE (AP) — Devin Wynn scored on a 1-yard run three seconds into the fourth quarter and Grayson Atkins set a Southern Conference record with his 15th straight field goal as Furman held off East Tennessee State 17-10 on Saturday.
The Paladins (3-2, 2-0), ranked 15th in the FCS coaches' poll, used a nine-play, 80-yard drive to take a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Corey Watkins ran 30 yards on first down and Darren Grainger capped the drive with a 15-yard TD toss to Ryan DeLuca.
Grayson pushed Furman's lead to 10-0 with his record-setting 28-yard field goal at 13:18 of the second quarter.
The Buccaneers (2-3, 0-2) pulled within 10-7 by halftime when Artevius Smith forced a Watkins fumble that was recovered by ETSU's Jason Maduafokwa at the Furman 33-yard line. Quay Holmes' 26-yard run set up a 6-yard scoring run by Cameron Lewis.
East Tennessee State tied the game at 10 on Tyler Keltner's 34-yard field goal with 5:47 left in the third quarter.
Grainger jump-started the game-winning drive with a 40-yard pass to DeLuca, giving the Paladins a first down at the Buccaneers 11.
DeMarcus Clay ended ETSU's final drive with an interception with 6:17 to go.
Appy St. 56, Coastal Carolina 37
BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Zach Thomas passed for two touchdowns, Darrynton Evans and Marc Williams rushed for two touchdowns each and Appalachian State opened Sun Belt Conference play with a 56-37 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday night.
The Mountaineers (4-0) scored two touchdowns late in the first half to open a 35-21 lead and the Chanticleers (3-2) never recovered after giving up the first score of the second half.
The game was delayed by lightning for two hours late in first quarter. Shortly after play resumed Coastal Carolina scored to tie the game at 14. They swapped touchdowns after that before Williams scored on a 1-yard plunge to cap a quick 77-yard drive for a 28-21 lead with 1:59 to play. Then good coverage and a forced fumble pinned Coastal Carolina at its 3. A quick three-and-out, a short punt with a 12-yard return set up the Mountaineers They scored in three plays, using just 36 seconds for the halftime lead.
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The balanced Mountaineers had 239 yards of offense with Thomas going 19 of 23 for 246 yards.
Fred Payton threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more for Coastal Carolina, which had 393 yards.
North Alabama 41, Presbyterian 21
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Christian Lopez threw three touchdown passes, Terence Humphrey scored on an 88-yard run, and North Alabama defeated Presbyterian 41-21 on Saturday.
Lopez hit Dexter Boykin on TD throws of 55 and 18 yards and added a 5-yard touchdown pass to Andre Little that gave the Lions a 28-9 lead in the third quarter. North Alabama (2-3, 1-0 Big South) led 21-9 at halftime and broke the game open with 17 points in the third quarter.
Humphrey finished with 94 yards on five carries and Jaxton Carson gained 61 yards on 11 carries. The Lions ran for 211 yards and Lopez passed for 217, completing 13 of 22 attempts.
Presbyterian (0-4, 0-1) scored all three of its touchdowns through the air. Brandon Thompson completed 18 of 29 passes for 228 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tyler Huff was 3 of 4 for 42 yards and the other touchdown.
With the victory, North Alabama has won its past 15 homecoming games.
Newberry 30, Tusculum 20
NEWBERRY – The final stats told one story. The scoreboard told another.
Newberry was outpaced in nearly every statistical category by visiting Tusculum on Saturday afternoon, including being outgained in total offense 424 yards to 249, but came away with a 30-20 victory to snap a four-game losing skid dating back to last season.
The Wolves (1-3, 1-1 South Atlantic Conference) forced a remarkable five turnovers, scored a safety, turned the Pioneers (1-3, 1-1 SAC) over on downs twice, and blocked an extra point for good measure.
The game turned late in the first quarter, when a backward pass from Tusculum starter Bryce Moore fell to the turf well behind its intended target and was scooped up by Krishaon Jackson. The 30-yard return got the Wolves on the board to tie the game at 7-7 and ignited a team that had managed just one yard through its first two drives.
Two Pioneers' possessions later, Keito Jordon came up with his second consecutive third-down sack, prying the ball free from Moore's grasp and pouncing on it at the Tusculum 12. The play was the second of three fumbles lost on the day for a team that had not lost a fumble all season entering the game.
Newberry's offense was stopped short on fourth down inside the 5-yard line, but Darryl Foster and Alex Smith made sure the Wolves didn't come up empty. Foster led the charge, crashing through the Pioneers' offensive line on the next play to stop Jordon Shippy, who finished with 162 yards on 16 carries, in the end zone for a safety.
Brentley Allen returned the ensuing free kick to the Wolves' 37, where Colton Bailey, playing his second series, rolled right after a play action fake and found Deshun Kitchings in stride on a go route down the near sideline for a 63-yard touchdown. The play was a career long for both players and gave Newberry nine points in a span of 14 seconds.
The play accounted for nearly all of Kitchings' 69 receiving yards on three catches, making him Newberry's leading receiver on the day. Logan Bailey added a touchdown and 40 yards on two receptions, while Austin Gordon and Bobby Irby totaled 28 and 27 yards, respectively, with Gordon catching a touchdown just before the half.
Colton Bailey completed nine of 15 passes for 160 yards and became the first Newberry quarterback to throw for three touchdowns in a game in nearly two years. He was also Newberry's second-leading rusher with 31 yards, one yard behind Logan Bailey for the team lead. Neither Bailey nor Dre Harris was sacked; the Pioneers have yet to record a sack this season.
Colton Bailey engineered a 72-yard touchdown drive just before halftime that extended Newberry's lead to 23-7. The drive was helped by a facemask penalty that negated a third down stop by the Pioneers' defense and a pass interference penalty in the end zone one play before Bailey threw an 8-yard strike to Gordon.
Tusculum returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown, but in a play emblematic of how the day went for the Pioneers, Terrell Owens blocked the extra point attempt. Trey Woods ended the next drive with an interception on a tipped ball. Tusculum drove 86 yards in nine plays on its next possession but was stuffed twice on goal-to-go plays, with Ty Kelly in on both tackles.
The Pioneers lined up with three wide receivers to the short side of the field and attempted to find a receiver on an out route at the pylon, but Anthony Blue stepped in front of the pass to keep Tusculum out of the end zone and returned the interception to the 17.
Newberry finally found the scoreboard again with just under 10 minutes remaining on Logan Bailey's perfect, over-the-shoulder catch on a 22-yard strike from Colton Bailey to extend the lead to 10 points.
The Pioneers again marched inside the Newberry 5 on the ensuing drive before a bad exchange on a handoff led to a fumble recovered in the end zone by Nick Yearwood.
Newberry ran over two minutes off the clock on its next drive but was forced to punt, giving Tusculum the ball back with 3:50 to play and protecting a 10-point lead. The Pioneers drove into the red zone, but were stopped on a fourth down play as time expired.
Yearwood led the team in tackles for the second time in three weeks with eight stops on the day. He also accounted for 1.5 tackles for loss, half a sack, and a quarterback hurry in addition to his fumble recovery. Anthony Blue had two pass breakups to go along with four tackles and his interception.
Keito Jordon made six stops (four solo) with 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and three quarterback hurries. He now has 15.5 sacks in his career, moving him into sole possession of ninth place in school history, and is tied for fifth with 30 tackles for loss.
The Wolves host Mars Hill on Family Weekend next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.