SC State holds off Florida A&M

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ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Richard Cue ran for one score and threw for another and South Carolina State won 25-21 when Florida A&M fumbled the ball away on the game’s final drive.

Cue was 13 of 25 for 186 yards passing, including a 28-yard TD pass to Dennis Roe. Mariel Cooper returned a punt 25 yards for a score for the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

The Rattlers (3-7, 2-4) led 21-20 at the half on scoring runs by James Owens and Lemond Buice and an 8-yard pass from Carson Royal to Casey Glines, but could score no more. Nick Belcher kicked a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 28-yarder in the fourth to give S.C. State a 25-21 edge. It was the teams’ 55th meeting, with Florida A &M leading the series 31-22-2.

MERCER 45, JACKSONVILLE 42

In Macon, Ga., John Russ threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more to lead Mercer (9-1, 5-1 Pioneer Football League) past Jacksonville (4-6, 3-4) in a shootout.

LIBERTY 35, PRESBYTERIAN 14

In Lynchburg, Va., Desmond Rice ran for three touchdowns, including two in the second quarter, to carry Liberty (6-4, 3-1 Big South) past Presbyterian (3-6, 1-2).

HOWARD 42, SAVANNAH STATE 14

In Washington, Greg McGhee ran for two TDs and passed for two more as Howard overcame early miscues to defeat Savannah State (1-9, 0-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).

McGhee passed for 326 yards and added a game-high 148 yards rushing with TD runs of 53 and 27 yards for Howard (4-6, 3-4).

CHATTANOOGA 20, WOFFORD 10

In Chattanooga, Tenn., Jacob Huesman rushed for 116 yards and threw for another 151 to help Chattanooga (8-2, 6-1 Southern Conference) beat Wofford (5-4, 4-2).

THE CITADEL 35, ELON 10

In Elon, N.C., Ben Dupree threw for one touchdown and rushed for three more to lead the Bulldogs (4-6, 4-4 Southern Conference) to a victory over the Phoenix (2-8, 1-5) .

FURMAN 35, SAMFORD 17

In Greenville, S.C., Reese Hannon was 10 of 14 passing for 159 yards with a touchdown, leading Furman (6-4, 4-2 Southern Conference) over Samford (5-5, 4-2).

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