“I told our team it would not be easy,” coach Buddy Pough said. “I told our team it wouldn’t be easy, but we are now champions.”
The Bulldogs (9-3, 7-1), who shared the
conference title with Bethune-Cookman, broke a 3-3 tie late in the third quarter
when Richard Cue found Hemingway for a 23-yard score, capping a seven-play 57 yard drive.
In the fourth quarter, James Robinson sacked Malik Stokes and recovered the fumble, setting up a 17-yard rushing touchdown by Kollock two plays later with 3:27 left.
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 29, FLORIDA A&M 10
In Orlando, Fla., Quentin Williams and Isidore Jackson each rushed for two touchdowns as Bethune-Cookman (10-2, 7-1) defeated Florida A&M (3-9, 2-6) in the Florida Classic to earn a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.
MERCER 41, STETSON 14
In Macon, Ga., John Russ had passing, rushing and receiving touchdowns as Mercer (10-2, 6-2 Pioneer Football League) topped Stetson (2-9, 1-7) to become the first start-up program in NCAA Division I history to earn double-digit wins.
FURMAN 27, WOFFORD 14
In Greenville, S.C., Reese Hannon threw for a career-high 326 yards, Andrej Suttles caught nine passes for 146 yards and the two connected for a score as Furman (7-5, 6-2) beat Wofford (5-6, 4-4) to earn a share of the Southern Conference title.
SAMFORD 33, ELON 32
In Birmingham, Ala., Chris Cephus caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Andy Summerlin on fourth-and-goal with 7.6 seconds remaining to give Samford (8-4, 6-2) a victory over Elon (2-10, 1-7) and a share of the Southern Conference championship.
APPALACHIAN STATE 48, WESTERN CAROLNA 27
In Boone, N.C., Marcus Cox set an Appalachian State freshman record with 215 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns as the Mountaineers (4-8, 4-4 Southern Conference) cruised past Western Carolina (2-10, 1-7).
GARDNER-WEBB 20, PRESBYTERIAN 13
In Clinton, S.C., Lucas Beatty threw for 209 yards and a touchdown and the Gardner-Webb (7-5, 2-3) defense came up with two late stops to hold off Presbyterian (3-8, 1-4) in a Big South Conference game.
LIBERTY 56, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 14
In Charleston, S.C., Josh Woodrum threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another as Liberty (8-4, 4-1) routed Charleston Southern (10-3, 3-2) to clinch a share of the Big South Conference title.
ARKANSAS STATE 35, GEORGIA STATE 33
In Jonesboro, Ark., bowl-eligible Arkansas State foiled a two-point conversion and recovered an onside kick with 2 minutes left to avoid a potential loss to winless Georgia State.