Georgia Southern romps to victory over Samford

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STATESBORO, Ga. — Jerick McKinnon scored on runs of 41 and 67 yards to lead No. 9 Georgia Southern to a 35-16 victory over Samford on Saturday as the Eagles won their 13th consecutive home game.

Lavelle Westbrooks added an interception return of 72 yards in the Southern Conference victory over the No. 25 Bulldogs.

McKinnon finished the day with 162 yards on 13 carries, the fourth time he has rushed for 100-plus yards in his career. Dominique Swope rushed 21 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns and has now rushed for a score in five consecutive games.

The Eagle defense gave up just seven first downs in the final 36:35 of the contest, and four of those came in the last five minutes of the game with Georgia Southern nursing a double-digit cushion.

Georgia Southern allowed 16 rushing yards in the second half and finished the game with four sacks and seven tackles for loss.

CHATTANOOGA 28,

THE CITADEL 10

In Charleston, S.C., Terrell Robinson rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown and added a score through the air as Chattanooga handed The Citadel its first Southern Conference loss of the season.

The loss was the first of the season in Southern Conference play for The Citadel (3-2, 2-1), which entered the game ranked No. 15 in the FCS Coaches poll. The Mocs (2-3, 1-1) posted a win over the highest-ranked team they have defeated on the road since a 30-9 win at No. 10 Appalachian State on Oct. 8, 1983.

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 14, NORFOLK STATE 0

In Orangeburg,S.C., Kimari McFadden picked off a pair of passes – returning one 34 yards for a touchdown – as South Carolina State topped Norfolk State.

McFadden’s score was the Bulldogs’ second touchdown of the first quarter, and proved all the scoring the team needed. Julius Pendergrass supplied the other touchdown, punching in from 3 yards out just over a minute into the game.

South Carolina State (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) held the Spartans (2-3, 0-2) to 92 yards through the air, as quarterbacks Nico Flores and Jake Basmagian combined to go 11-of-23 passing with three interceptions and two sacks.

FURMAN 45,
WESTERN CAROLINA 24

In Greenville, S.C., Jerodis Williams and Hank McCloud combined for 362 yards rushing and three touchdowns as Furman defeated Western Carolina.

Furman (2-3, 1-1) has won back-to-back games after starting the season 0-3.

Williams, a preseason 1st-team All-Southern Conference selection, returned a kickoff 100 yards on Furman’s first possession, and then added touchdown runs of 89 and 2 yards to give the Paladins a 21-3 lead.

McCloud’s 20-yard touchdown extended Furman’s lead to 28-3 with 3:28 left in the first half. McCloud finished 123 yards while Williams, who racked up 239 on the ground, became the first Paladin since 2000 to rush for over 200 yards in a game.

WOFFORD 49, ELON 24

In Elon, N.C., Eric Breitenstein ran for Southern Conference single-game record of 321 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Brian Kass scored three touchdowns rushing and threw for one to propel Wofford to a victory against Elon.

It was the first 300-yard rushing game in conference history.

The touchdown pass was the only one Kass completed in six tries, and he was intercepted once.

Wofford (4-0, 2-0) piled up 516 yards of offense to Elon’s 410.

Elon’s Thomas Wilson was 31-for-47 passing with 322 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Mellette caught 13 for 177 yards and two TDs.

APPALACHIAN STATE 55, COASTAL CAROLINA 14

In Boone, N.C., Jamal Jackson threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Steven Miller rushed for a career-high 202 yards and two scores as Appalachian State routed Coastal Carolina.

The Mountaineers (3-2) amassed 286 yards in the first quarter en route to a 21-0 lead and had 405 by halftime. They finished with 684 yards total offense, their highest total since gaining 712 in a 52-16 win over Georgia Southern on Oct. 24, 2009, while the Chanticleers (2-3) had 304.

Appalachian State had 399 yards rushing, with Miller scoring on runs of 3 and 75 yards.

WILLIAM & MARY 35,

GEORGIA STATE 3

In Williamsburg, Va., Georgia State led 3-0 on a Wil Lutz field goal, but never scored again as William & Mary claimed the victory in a matchup of winless teams.


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