Georgia Southern falls to The Citadel on late field goal

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Citadel’s Thomas Warren kicked the game-winning field goal from 37 yards with 35 seconds left to edge Georgia Southern 23-21 on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs had lost five in a row to the Eagles. The Citadel (2-0) had lost nine consecutive Southern Conference home games since a 28-16 victory over Samford in 2009.

Georgia Southern’s Ryan Nowicki missed two field-goal attempts, and the Eagles fumbled five times, losing two. One fumble on the Eagles’ 27 led to the Bulldogs’ first score, a 19-yard run by Rickey Anderson. Ben Dupree’s first career touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Domonic Jones, scored the Bulldogs’ second touchdown.

Warren kicked field goals of 42 and 39 yards for a six-point lead. The Eagles tied the game with 3:13 remaining on Ezayi Youyoute’s 1-yard run.

Georgia Southern ranks third in the Football Championship Subdivision and is the highest-ranked team the Bulldogs have beaten.

BETHUNE-COOKMAN 27, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 14

In Orangeburg, S.C., Isidore Jackson ran for 88 yards and one touchdown to help Bethune-Cookman beat Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival South Carolina.

South Carolina State (1-1) scored the only points of the first quarter. Asheton Jordan’s 5-yard run and Jalen Simmons’ run from 3-yards out gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.

The Wildcats (2-0) got on the board in the second quarter with a fumble recovery in the end zone by Tyrone Bouie. Jackson then ran it in from four yards to tie the game at 14. Sven Hurd added a field goal to make the halftime lead 17-14.

The Wildcats’ defense took over, shutting down South Carolina State the rest of the way as Bethune-Cookman scored 27 unanswered points.

Rodney Scott’s 3-yard touchdown run was the lone score of the fourth quarter.

This marked the 50th meeting between the teams with South Carolina State leading the series 31-18-1.

APPALACHIAN STATE 35, MONTANA 27

In Boone, N.C., Demetrius McCray’s interception with 18 seconds left stopped Montana’s final drive and preserved Appalachian State’s victory in the first regular-season meeting between the perennial Football Championship Subdivision powers.

The Grizzlies (1-1), who won their two postseason meetings with the Mountaineers (1-1), drove from their 11 to the Appalachian State 42, converting two fourth downs, before McCray’s second pickoff of Trent McKinney.

McKinney’s 87-yard pass to Dan Moore brought Montana within a point, 28-27, with 8:54 left, but Chris Lider missed the extra point. Steven Miller’s second touchdown run increased the Mountaineers’ lead to 35-27.

Jamal Jackson’s 25-yard pass to Andrew Peacock early in the fourth quarter broke a 21-21 tie.

The Mountaineers extended their regular-season home winning streak to 18 and gave coach Jerry Moore his 235th career victory.

COASTAL CAROLINA 47, FURMAN 45

In Greenville, S.C., DeMario Bennett caught a 26-yard touchdown pass in the third overtime and then scored on the mandatory two-point conversion try on a reverse to give Coastal Carolina a win over Furman.

Coastal Carolina (2-0) scored first in the third overtime on a 26-yard pass from Aramis Hillary to Bennett. Hank McCloud scored on a 3-yard run for Furman (0-2), but the two-point try failed.

Hillary was 20-for-27 passing for two touchdowns and ran for a score, and Matt Hazel caught seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.

JACKSONVILLE 31, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 10

In Charleston, S.C., Jordan Dewhirst scored two touchdowns and Jacksonville scored 28 points in the second half to take down Charleston Southern.

The loss marked Charleston Southern’s 14th consecutive loss dating back to last season.

JACKSONVILLE STATE 27,  CHATTANOOGA 24

In Jacksonville, Ala., Griffin Thomas knocked down a 37-yard field goal at the final gun, helping Jacksonville State stave off Chattanooga.

DaMarcus James and Troymaine Pope led the Gamecocks’ offense on the ground, with James netting 120 yards on 16 carries and Pope earning 101 yards on 12 attempts.


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