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Carolina Rolls Past The Citadel, 41-7....T. Nolan Hayes....CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- It was North Carolina's strangest blowout win in a long time.

 

Mitch Trubisky passed for 184 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tar Heels beat The Citadel 41-7 on Saturday.

T.J. Logan had a touchdown catch and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score for North Carolina (8-3), which forced a season-high four turnovers.

"We were worried about that football team," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said. "We knew they were a really good football team, that they would control the clock and that our guys were going to have to steal a few possessions. Defensively, we did that."

North Carolina won even though its high-octane offense was quiet for much of the day. The Tar Heels converted just 1 of 8 third downs and were outgained by the Bulldogs 371-356.

Perhaps most surprisingly, the Tar Heels intercepted a pass.

Dominquie Green ended North Carolina's interception drought when he picked off a pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Tar Heels had been the only FBS team not to intercept a pass this season.

Ryan Switzer added a 72-yard touchdown as North Carolina won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games.

The Citadel (10-1) rushed for 344 yards, possessed the ball for more than 42 minutes and ran 33 more plays than North Carolina.

Grant Drakeford had a 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs, whose school-record 10-game winning streak came to an end.

"We were nowhere near playing where we wanted today," Citadel coach Brent Thompson said. "We needed a day like today to remind us that if you don't play well and you turn the ball over and you make a lot of mistakes, you're not going to win very many football games."

THE TAKEAWAY

The Citadel: The Bulldogs stumbled in their stiffest test of the season to date. Lacking an effective passing attack, they were unable to rally after falling behind early. The Citadel must try to avoid similar circumstances in the postseason as opponents load up to try to stop its vaunted running game.

North Carolina: Coming off a deflating loss and playing an undefeated opponent with an unconventional offense, the Tar Heels won a dangerous game without much difficulty. Their advantages in speed and overall talent were too much for The Citadel to overcome.

"We weren't as sharp on offense, but we picked it up in other areas," Trubisky said.

HE SAID IT

Fedora had grown tired of talking about his team's lack of interceptions, but he cracked a joke about the end of the streak.

"I was told that we're the only team in the country that has returned all of their interceptions for touchdowns," he said. "That's a pretty big deal right there, I would think."

HIGHLIGHT REEL

Logan's 23-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter was impressive. He ran through the middle of the defense uncovered, and it appeared that Trubisky threw the ball too far in front of him. But Logan dived and speared the ball with his right hand before rolling over with control of it in the end zone. His kick return for a score to begin the second half was his school-record fourth kickoff return for a touchdown.

UP NEXT

The Citadel: The Bulldogs will play in the FCS playoffs after earning the automatic berth from the Southern Conference.

North Carolina: Still alive for the ACC's Coastal Division title, the Tar Heels host rival N.C. State on Friday. North Carolina needs to win and needs Virginia Tech to lose at home to Virginia in order to play in the conference championship game for the second year in a row.

 

Jefferson, Jackson Lead Duke Past Penn State 78-68

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Freshman Frank Jackson led five players in double figures with 17 points and top-ranked Duke defeated Penn State 78-68 Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-1), who lost forward Chase Jeter to injury early in the game. The 6-foot-10 sophomore rolled his left ankle in the first half and did not return.

Tony Carr had 20 points and Shep Garner added 15 to lead Penn State (2-2).

Jeter went down under the Penn State basket while going for a rebound and was on the floor for several minutes before being helped off the court. His injury came minutes after Grayson Allen left the game, favoring the right foot he hurt in the recent loss to Kansas.

Allen went back to the locker room, but returned to the floor a few minutes later. He finished with 12 points and needs just three more to become the 65th Duke player with 1,000 points for his career.

Matt Jones and Luke Kennard added 15 points each for Duke.

Despite the injuries, the Blue Devils were able to go on an early 13-2 run that turned a tie game into a 21-10 lead. They led 36-24 at the half, despite some poor shooting from Allen and Kennard, who were a combined 4-15 from the floor. But Jackson picked up the slack, scoring 11 of his points before intermission.

A 3-point play by Allen stretched the lead to 64-51 midway through the second half and Duke held off Penn State the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE
Duke: Jeter's injury further depletes a Blue Devils' team that is still without three highly touted freshmen, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden, as well as junior Sean Obi. They may have just seven players available for Sunday'schampionship game.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions are using the tournament as a measuring stick to see how the young team stacks up against top-level competition. This was the program's first game against a No. 1 ranked team since 2011, and they're now 0-14 in those games.

POLL IMPLICATIONS
Duke was No. 1 in the preseason poll and the first voting of the regular season, but likely will fall a few spots after its loss to Kansas. How far may depend on how they do in this tournament.

 

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's And Women's Swimming In Sixth Place After Second Day Of The Wingate Fall Frenzy

Charlotte, N.C. - Both the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams stand in sixth place after the second day of the Wingate Fall Frenzy Saturday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

On the women's side, the Bears have 200 total points while Queens (1,319.5) remains at the top of the leaderboard.

Queens (1,431) also leads the men's competition while Lenoir-Rhyne has 381 points entering the final day.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) finished eighth in the men's 100-yard breaststroke (59.16) and placed 14th in the finals of the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.06 seconds.

In addition, junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) was 13th in the men's 200-yard freestyle (1:45.48) and 15th in the men's 100-yard backstroke (54.14) for the Bears.

Finally, the men's 800-yard freestyle relay - consisting of McRea, Sink, freshman Jacob Queens (Hickory, N.C.) and senior Michael Reavis (Bowie, Md.) - placed eighth overall with a time of 7:12.58.

The third and final day of competition takes place on Sunday.

Wingate Fall Frenzy
November 18-20, 2016 - Day Two Results
Charlotte, N.C.
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center

WOMEN
1. Queens 1,319.5
2. Gardner-Webb 1,143
3. UNC Asheville 911.5
4. Wingate 830
5. Limestone 494
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 200
7. St. Andrews 146
8. Catawba 59

MEN
1. Queens 1,431
2. Gardner-Webb 928
3. Limestone 867
4. Wingate 830.5
5. Catawba 412.5
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 381
7. St. Andrews 292

 

Southern Can’t Overcome Early Deficit, Falls 30-24 to State

ATLANTA – Conner Manning threw for 318 yards and two touchdowns, and Keith Rucker caught eight passes for 145 yards to lead Georgia State to a 30-24 Sun Belt Conference football victory over rival Georgia Southern Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome.
 
The Panthers pick up two points in the Southern vs. State Rivalry Series and now lead the competition 5-2. It was Senior Day for Georgia State and their last home game in the Georgia Dome.
 
Montay Crockett caught four passes for 60 yards and returned three punts for 67 yards to lead Georgia Southern (4-7, 3-4), which suffered its fourth straight loss. Kevin Ellison rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown and threw for 31 yards, and Matt Breida rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown.
 
Glenn Smith caught seven passes for 65 yards and a touchdown and ran for 37 yards and a score for the Panthers (3-8, 2-5), while Robert Davis caught four passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. The Panthers scored 10 points off of a pair of Eagle fumbles.
 
The story
Georgia State blitzed the Eagles early, scoring on their first three possessions to open a 20-0 lead 8:05 into the contest. Georgia Southern made it a one-score game twice but could not get over the hump.
 
Trailing 30-17, the Eagles made a late charge with an 87-yard drive, capped by a L.A. Ramsby 1-yard touchdown run with 4:42 to go. Southern converted three third downs, and Upshaw completed passes of 19 yards to Quan Howard and 12 yards to BJ Johnson III to key the drive.
 
Looking for a few first downs to seal the win, Panther running back Kyler Neal twisted and turned to pick up one on third-and-1, but the Eagles stopped State on third-and-11 to force a punt with 1:31 to go. The Eagles were flagged for an illegal block on the return and had to take over at their own 4-yard line with 1:11 left. Southern moved the ball to its own 17-yard line, but on fourth-and-10, Favian Upshaw’s pass fell incomplete.
 
Down 20-0 midway through the first quarter after a 28-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Davis, Georgia Southern kicked it into gear on their ensuing drive. Ellison hit Crockett with a 35-yard pass on third-and-short, and Ellison took it 24 yards on the ground for a touchdown on the next play.
 
The Eagle defense responded with a three-and-out, and Crockett returned the punt 34 yards to set the Eagles up at the State 27-yard line. Breida scored on a three-yard run on the first play of the second quarter to trim the deficit to 20-14.
 
Southern held State scoreless in the quarter, and Crockett had another nice punt return, this time 36 yards, to give the Eagles the ball at the State 41 with 34 seconds left in the half. Southern brought in Seth Shuman to sling the rock, but the freshman evaded a pass rush and ran for 15 yards to set up a Younghoe Koo 43-yard field goal that split the uprights as the half ended, making the margin 20-17 at the break.
 
The Eagle offense stalled in the second half while State pushed the margin to 30-17 on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Smith and a Brandon Wright 27-yard field goal. The field goal was set up by an Eagle fumble at their own 39-yard line.
 
State took advantage of a couple Southern miscues early in the contest to help build its lead. The Panthers converted a fourth-and-4r on their first drive when the Eagles were flagged for offsides. Smith took the handoff and ran 29 yards for a touchdown on the next play. An Eagle fumble on their ensuing possession gave State the ball at the Southern 26-yard line. Manning threw to Ali Werts for a 26-yard pickup on third-and-11, and the quarterback plunged over the goal line on the next play.
 
Quotables
Head coach Tyson Summers
“We put ourselves in a really difficult position by going down 20-0. We let them score with the help of a penalty on the first drive and then had the unfortunate fumble on the second drive to set them up.”
 
“We played our tails off for the last 52 minutes of the game, and I give our seniors and our players a lot of credit for fighting and believing, but it was just too big a hole to dig out of. We had too many penalties and untimely penalties that hurt us. I thought that was something we had put behind us, but it cropped back up on us again.” 
 
On season finale
“We’ll continue to try to develop and get better over the next two weeks and try to send our seniors off on a good note in Paulson Stadium.”
 
Next up
Georgia Southern finishes the season by hosting Troy Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. in Paulson Stadium. It’s Senior Day, and Georgia Southern will recognize its seniors prior to kickoff.
 
 
Ground Game Spurs Catamount Football in 44-31 Loss at South Carolina
 

Columbia, S.C. - Junior Detrez Newsome scored twice while breaking his own school-record with 365 all-purpose yards and freshman counterpart Connell Young posted a pair of rushing touchdowns as the upset-minded Western Carolina Catamounts battled the South Carolina Gamecocks before falling, 44-31, on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Newsome rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown while amassing a school – and Southern Conference record – 240 kickoff return yards that included a 93-yard return for a TD. The Raeford, N.C., native weaved through the South Carolina kickoff coverage team to pull the Catamounts to within 10 points midway through the fourth quarter, 41-31.

South Carolina (6-5) got three touchdowns from sophomore Deebo Samuel including a 100-yard kickoff return for a score while freshman Rico Dowdle rushed for 226 yards and two TDs to pick-up the victory. Elliott Fry added three, second half field goals including a 32-yarder with just under seven minutes to play that ultimately sealed the game for the Gamecocks, providing the final tally.

“I’m so proud of our football team; this team has been through a lot this year,” said fifth-year head coach Mark Speir during postgame comments. “The season didn’t go the way we wanted it to go and today just shows the character of this football team.”

“We knew we were going to get their best shot and we weren’t going to get their back-ups,” said Speir of South Carolina which earned its sixth victory of the season under first-year head coach Will Muschamp to become bowl eligible. “Our players fought their guts out. We left some opportunities out there… but we came here to win this ball game and our players came here to win. And though we didn’t get it done, I couldn’t be more proud of these seniors. They taught a football team how to finish. Our guys battled 60 minutes and that’s due to a bunch of seniors and we’re going to miss those guys; I’m just real proud of our football team.”

Both teams managed to find success on the ground on Saturday with Western Carolina rushing for 236 yards as a team while the Gamecocks chewed up 442 on the ground. In addition to Newsome’s 115 yards, redshirt freshman quarterback Tyrie Adams rushed for a career-best 93 yards while Young rushed for 28 yards and a career-best two touchdowns.

Adams struggled through the poorest passing performance of his young career, completing just 7-of-18 passes for 131 yards. His seven completions were spread to just four receivers – two wideouts, a running back and a tight end. Redshirt senior – and South Carolina native – Spearman Robinson finished with a game-high tying four catches for a game-best 105 receiving yards, just missing on a touchdown as he was dragged down just shy of the goal line on a 57-yard pitch-and-catch. Newsome, Terryon Robinson, and Aubrey Payne each had one catch apiece.

Though it never led after falling behind 14-0 in the opening five minutes of Saturday’s game, Western Carolina (2-9) fought through the final whistle. Newsome put the squad on the board as he capped a seven-play, 82-yard drive with a 39-yard touchdown run at the midpoint of the first quarter. However, on the ensuing kickoff, USC’s Samuel went 100-yards for a TD and a 21-7 edge.

Young’s first of two rushing touchdowns ended the fireworks in the first quarter. The Greensboro, N.C., product pranced 16 yards in for the score to trim South Carolina’s lead to seven, 21-14 through one.

The Catamounts would claw to within four points as Logan Howard split the uprights from 32 yards out as WCU orchestrated a 13-play drive. But the home squad would not be outdone as the Gamecocks closed the half with a pair of double-digit play drives including a 98-yard march to end the opening 30 minutes, both capped by Samuel’s end-around touchdown rushes. South Carolina carried a 35-17 edge into the halftime locker room.

WCU got a second rushing TD by Young and Newsome’s 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to keep the Gamecocks within sight, while Fry’s three field goals – the last at the 6:23 mark of the fourth quarter – ultimately allowed South Carolina to keep the Catamounts at arm’s length.

In addition to Dowdle’s 226 yards, tailback A.J. Turner rushed for 97 yards while Samuel finished with five carries for 27 yards and two TDs on the ground to accompany his score on special teams. Samuel also caught four passes for 56 yards, just shy of Bryan Edwards who caught four for 61. Freshman QB Jake Bentley rushed for 34 yards while completing 14-of-23 for 154 yards.

Defensively for the Catamounts, redshirt junior Daniel Riddle and sophomore DB Marvin Tillmam were both credited with a game-high nine tackles while Keion Crossen and Kendall White posted eight apiece including a tackle for loss by White. Seniors Daniel Nash and Avery Worsham were credited with forcing and recovering, respectively.

Saturday’s loss concludes the 2016 season for Western Carolina, and marks the end of the playing career of 14 seniors. South Carolina moves on to face Palmetto State rival, Clemson (10-1).

 

LMC MEN'S BASKETBALL

FRIDAY

Queens 84, LMC 69

SATURDAY

USC-Aiken 79, LMC 60

 
 
 


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