Georgia Southern wins Southern Confernce title

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Dominique Swope rushed for a career-high 165 yards to lead Georgia Southern to a 31-10 victory over Wofford on Saturday, giving the Eagles the Southern Conference championship.

Quarterback Jaybo Shaw rushed for three touchdowns for the Eagles (9-1, 7-1), who earned their ninth conference title and first since 2004.

Shaw also threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Zach Walker that gave Georgia Southern a 10-7 halftime lead.

Swope, a freshman who came into the game with 273 yards, had a 29-yard run during a first-quarter drive that led to the game’s first score, a field goal.

He also had runs of 15 and 24 yards on the Eagles’ final touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 30, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 22

In Orangeburg, S.C., Rich­ard Cue threw two touchdown passes en route to South Carolina State’s win over North Carolina A&T.

Cue finished with 161 yards on 13 of 27 passing but threw three interceptions.

Kindle Lewis led the way for North Carolina A&T, recording 215 yards and two touchdowns. But his two interceptions sparked the Bulldogs’ (6-4, 5-2) comeback.

The Aggies jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead when Lewis connected junior wide receiver Larry Raper on a
14-yard touchdown toss with 4:14 left in the first quarter.

Lewis then threw a 28-yard strike to Wallace Miles at the 13:30 mark in the second quarter to give the Aggies the lead.

South Carolina State, on pace to finish with its first winning record since 2003, has won two games in a row.

The Bulldogs will close out the season Saturday at Savannah State.

“We still got a chance to finish 7-4 and that’s not bad, but our players have played so hard,” South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough said.

ELON 41, FURMAN 34

In Greenville, S.C., Thom­as Wilson threw a career-best four touchdown passes and Joshua Jones returned a fourth-quarter interception for the decisive touchdown in Elon’s upset of Furman in a Southern Conference game.

The victory, ending a three-game losing streak by Elon (5-5, 3-4), was its fourth in a row over Furman (6-4, 5-3). Elon had 442 yards total offense, 111 rushing by A.J. Harris.

APPALACHIAN STATE 46, WESTERN CAROLINA 14

In Boone, N.C., senior wide­out Brian Quick caught seven pases for 111 yards and a touchdown to lead Ap­palachian State to the victory.

Quick set a school record with 3,227 career-receiving yards.

The Mountaineer offense racked up 553 yards of total offense.

Appalachian State place-kicker Drew Stewart set a single-game school record with six field goals.

PRESBYTERIAN 38,  VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE 6

In Clinton, S.C., Ryan Singer threw two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as Presbyterian routed VMI.

Singer rushed for 106 yards and passed for 182 as the Blue Hose had a season-high 491 yards in total offense. Lance Byrd led the rushing attack for Presbyterian (3-7, 2-3 Big South Conference) with 117 yards and a touchdown.

COASTAL CAROLINA 45, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 38

In Charleston, S.C., Phil­ip George intercepted a pass at the 1-yard line in the final minute to preserve Coastal Carolina’s win over Charleston Southern.

The Bucs led 31-24 at the end of the third quarter.

SAMFORD 19, THE CITADEL 14

In Charleston, S.C., Sam­ford scored 19 unanswered points behind Dustin Talia­ferro and Cameron Yaw to rally past The Citadel.

Taliaferro completed 34 passes on 45 attempts for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Yaw kicked field goals from 22 and 44 yards.


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