There were four lead changes before Elon (2-2, 0-1 Southern Conference) jumped ahead 20-16 late in the third quarter. Dominique Swope’s 2-yard touchdown put Georgia Southern back on top but the Phoenix managed to tie the game 23-all behind a 33-yard field goal from Adam Shreiner.
Georgia Southern’s defense stiffened, however, holding Elon to just one first down in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles (2-1, 1-1) took the lead for good on Alex Hanks’ 32-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left to play.
Elon had the chance to rally, but Darius Eubanks intercepted Thomas Wilson’s pass to put the game away.
The Eagles’ option offense, which amassed 342 rushing yards, has rushed for 300 or more yards in six of its last seven games.
RICHMOND 35, GEORGIA STATE 14
In Atlanta, Richmond bolted to a big halftime lead and rolled to a victory against Georgia State.
Spiders quarterback John Laub led Richmond (3-1, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) with 223 yards and one touchdown on 16-of-25 passing and rushed for 73 yards and three TDs.
Richmond’s Stephen Barnette caught three passes for 87 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown.
Georgia State (0-4) matched the Spiders in yards gained – Richmond led only 398-390 – but the Panthers were 5-for-13 on third-down conversions, and they managed only one first down on four fourth down conversion attempts.
Donald Russell rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown for Georgia State.
APPALACHIAN STATE 34, CHATTANOOGA 17
In Chattanooga, Tenn., Jamal Jackson threw three touchdown passes and Appalachian State scored 34 consecutive points to erase a 10-point deficit and defeat Chattanooga.
FURMAN 31, PRESBYTERIAN 21
In Clinton, S.C., Hank McCloud scored three rushing touchdowns – all in the first half – to lead Furman past Presbyterian for the Paladins’ first win of the seaon.
McCloud finished with 78 yards and Jerodis Williams added 136 yards and a score on 23 carries. Furman gained 196 more yards on the ground than Presbyterian.
SAMFORD 25, WESTERN CAROLINA 21
In Cullowhee, N.C., Fabian Truss ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns to rally Samford past Southern Conference foe Western Carolina.
TOLEDO 38, COASTAL CAROLINA 28
In Toledo, Ohio, former Strom Thurmond star Aramis Hillary threw for 356 yards and three touchdows, but it wasn’t enough as Coastal Carolina was defeated by Toledo.
Former North Augusta standout Matt Hazel caught four passes for 45 yards for the Chanticleers, who fell to 2-2.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 23, SHORTER 20
In Rome, Ga., despite being outgained by over 200 yards, Charleston Southern notched its first victory of the season in a win over Shorter.