SPARTANBURG (AP) — Blake Morgan ran for 147 yards and a touchdown and Wofford fell behind early before rallying for a 24-7 victory over Furman on Saturday in a Southern Conference showdown for first place.
Wayne Anderson had a 63-yard scoring run to put the Paladins up 7-0. Joe Newman scored on a 7-yard run to tie it and Wofford took the lead for good on Newman’s 2-yard TD run just 35 seconds into the second quarter.
Morgan’s 29-yard TD run in the third and Luke Carter’s 20-yard field capped the scoring.
Wofford (8-3, 6-1) moved a half-game ahead of Furman. The Terriers close out the regular season on the road at The Citadel. Furman (7-4, 6-2), which had a three-game win streak snapped, closes out against nonconference opponent High Point.
Both teams combined for only 146 passing yards, but Wofford outgained Furman on the ground 288-167.
Chattanooga 34, The Citadel 33
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Tiano passed for two touchdowns and rushed for a go-ahead score with 28 seconds left as Chattanooga rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to beat The Citadel 34-33 on Saturday.
Chattanooga trailed 26-12 after The Citadel rattled off 24 straight points. But in the fourth, Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks had scoring runs of 11 and 45 yards to get Chattanooga within 33-27 with 7:21 left. The Citadel punted on its next two possessions and Tiano capped an eight-play, 73-yard game-winning drive with a 12-yard run.
Tiano was 11 of 29 for 268 yards with one interception, and he carried it 11 times for 31 yards. Ibitokun-Hanks led the rushing attack for Chattanooga (6-5, 5-2 Southern), gaining 119 yards and scoring twice. Bryce Nunnelly caught four passes for 129 yards and a TD and Tyrin Summers added 90 yards and a score.
The Citadel (6-5, 4-3) carried it 63 times for 351 yards and two touchdowns. Remus Bulmer had 12 carries for 130 yards and Brandon Rainey rushed it 22 times for 67 yards and a score. Clay Harris had the other rushing score and Brandon Rainey passed for two touchdowns.
Arkansas State 28, Coastal Carolina 27
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Layne Hatcher connected with Kirk Merritt for a 21-yard, go-ahead touchdown with 32 seconds left and Arkansas State beat Coastal Carolina 28-27 on Saturday despite turning it over five times.
Arkansas State led 21-13 at the end of the third quarter, but Coastal Carolina had consecutive touchdown drives to get within 27-21 with 2:31 left. The Red Wolves answered with an 11-play, 76-yard drive to take the lead.
Coastal Carolina took over with three timeouts and ran it on first down for nine yards, followed by two incompletions. With 18 seconds left, the Chanticleers were stopped short on another run and Arkansas State ran out the clock.
Hatcher was 24 of 35 for 305 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Merritt had 70 yards receiving with two scores, and Omar Bayless added 102 yards and a TD for Arkansas State (6-4, 4-2 Sun Belt). The Red Wolves also lost three fumbles.
Coastal Carolina (4-6, 1-5) turned it over three times. Fred Payton and Bryce Carpenter each threw an interception. CJ Marable rushed for 142 yards and a touchdown.
Charleston Southern 27, Presbyterian 7
CLINTON (AP) — Jack Chambers and Darius Douglas threw touchdown passes in the first quarter and Charleston Southern defeated Presbyterian 27-7 on Saturday.
Chambers capped a 7-play, 74-yard drive with a 7-yard pass to Jaquan Williams. On the ensuing kickoff, Zach Hayden recovered a fumble at the Blue Hose 28. On a third-and-21, Douglas found Kaylee Brown at the goal line for a 28-yard score.
Jamari Dunbar capped a second-quarter drive with a short scoring run and the Buccaneers (5-6, 3-2 Big South Conference) led 21-0 at the half. The drive was set up by an interception. The Bucs had 243 of their 341 yards at the break while the Blue Hose had just 97, but finished with 292.
Alex Usry made his third, 50-yard field goal of the season in the third quarter. His 42-yarder in the fourth quarter was a season record 17th on the year.
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Kendrick Bell had 20 carries for 123 yards for the Buccaneers. The defense finished with four turnovers and seven sacks
Tyler Huff and Brandon Thompson combined to go 20 for 38 for 255 yards for Presbyterian (1-10, 1-5). Huff threw two interceptions. Keith Pearson had nine catches for a career-high 129 yards.
Newberry 14, Limestone 7
NEWBERRY – A stingy pass defense, two timely touchdowns, and a final defensive stand inside Newberry territory helped the Wolves to a 14-7 Senior Day triumph over visiting Limestone.
The game was a defensive slugfest, with neither team managing to crack 300 yards on an overcast day that saw winds whipping at up to 30 miles per hour throughout much of the game. The teams combined for 15 punts and six turnovers, but Newberry's (5-6, 4-4 South Atlantic Conference) defense came up with big stop after big stop to lead the Wolves to the win.
With Newberry leading 14-7 and just over four minutes to play, Limestone (3-8, 2-6 SAC) elected to attempt a 36-yard field goal rather than run an offensive play on 4th and 9 from the Newberry 19. Thomas Cook, who had already seen a 45-yard attempt hit the right upright and was kicking into the teeth of the wind, pushed the attempt wide right to give Newberry the ball back up seven points.
The Wolves got one first down before the drive stalled out, but Shea Rodgers boomed a 46-yard punt to the Limestone 13 that forced a fair catch with 2:00 remaining. Limestone moved 46 yards in seven plays, reeling off a 20-yard rush and 16-yard completion on the drive, but had consecutive passes fall incomplete and third and fourth downs and six yards to go from the Newberry 41 that clinched the win for the Wolves.
Kardeem Hines and Keito Jordon, both playing in their final game in Scarlet and Gray, were the defensive heroes for Newberry. Hines had 11 tackles, including eight solo efforts, to go along with a fumble recovery and an interception. Jordon matched Hines for the team lead with 11 stops, assisted on a sack, and had 1.5 total tackles for loss.
Chance Walker topped 100 rushing yards for the third time in five games, totaling 110 yards on 25 carries. Colton Bailey was the Wolves' second-leading rusher with 69 yards on the ground and added 81 yards on 13-for-20 passing with two touchdowns and an interception.
Limestone's Malik Brooks and Jerko'ya Patton became the first duo to rush for 100 yards apiece against Newberry since September 2016, totaling 102 and 101 yards, respectively. Patton finished the season 35 yards shy of becoming Limestone's first-ever 1,000-yard rusher in its sixth season of competition.
Quarterback DJ Phillips was limited to 9-for-20 passing for 66 yards and an interception against the nation's 10th-ranked pass defense but surpassed 5,000 passing yards for his career.
Newberry marched 75 yards in just six plays on the game's opening possession to take a 7-0 lead barely two minutes in, with Walker's 24-yard carry on the first play from scrimmage setting the tone for the drive. Walker tallied 58 yards on the first four plays before Bailey got one yard to the 16.
Bailey then rolled right for the first pass attempt of the game, finding Bobby Irby in the back corner of the end zone for the touchdown. Irby acrobatically got a foot in before falling out of bounds, giving the Wolves the lead with 12:57 left in the quarter.
Neither team was able to find the scoreboard again until the final play of the first half. Limestone took over with 3:08 left in the second quarter at their own 42-yard line and drove into the red zone before an offside penalty, a roughing the passer, a 3-yard run, and a substitution infraction moved the ball to the 1-yard line with 14 seconds on the clock.
Patton was swallowed up by Trey Woods and Devante Gambrell for a loss back to the 3 and Limestone scrambled to get set for a final play. The ball was snapped as the clock struck zero and Patton leaped into the end zone to tie the score on the final play before the break.
The teams traded turnovers, then punts, on the first five possessions of the second half before Newberry took over at its own 40 with 8:40 left in the third quarter. A critical offside penalty on the Limestone defense negated a turnover on downs near midfield, but the resulting first down and six straight positive yardage plays gave Newberry the ball inside the Limestone 10.
Bailey found a wide open Walker out of the backfield and the running back walked into the end zone to give Newberry the decisive touchdown with 3:26 left to play in the third.
Rodgers finished his career second among Newberry kickers in career scoring (211 points), field goals made (29), and points after touchdown made (124). His 41.3-yard punting average in 2019 gives him two of the top seven single-season averages in school history.
Jordon finishes his career fourth in school history with 37.5 career tackles for loss and sixth with 19.5 sacks.
The win makes Newberry 7-4 in regular season finales in the tenure of head coach Todd Knight. It was also the second one-possession win in the last three games for Newberry, which had lost 10 of its previous 11 one-possession games, while marking Limestone's fourth consecutive loss by eight points or less.