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).