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Troy Downs Georgia Southern Football 35-21

STATESBORO – Sawyer Smith threw for 287 yards and a touchdown, and Troy scored 32 straight points on Georgia Southern to earn a 35-21 Sun Belt Conference football victory over the Eagles Saturday afternoon in Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

Key Moment: Trailing 14-3, the Trojans (8-2, 6-0) scored 14 straight points to end the first half, including a 92-yard touchdown drive that featured consecutive 40-yard completions from Smith to Luke Whittemore. Troy added 10 more points in the third quarter, capped by a 29-yard pass from Smith to Whittemore. Whittemore finished the game with 110 yards on three receptions.

GS Play of the Game: Shai Werts found Wesley Fields wide open in the flat for a 44-yard gain down to the Troy 5-yard line to set up the Eagles’ first score of the game.

Key Stats: Troy outgained GS 425-161 and outscored the Eagles 32-7 after the first quarter.

GS Players of the Game: Ellis Richardson caught his first two touchdown passes of the season, and Wesley Fields caught five passes for a career-high 138 yards. Werts completed of 14-of-23 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Key Scoring Plays:
After a 19-yard punt gave the Trojans good field position, Tyler Sumpter hit a 45-yard field goal 4:39 into the game. Troy 3-0
Ellis Richardson caught his first touchdown pass of the year, a 3-yard reception from Werts, with 6:51 left in the first quarter. GS 7-3
Richardson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass with 42 seconds left in the first. GS 14-3
Tray Eafford took the end-around handoff and went 3-yards for the touchdown with 9:44 left in the second quarter. GS 14-10
A pair of 40-yard passes from Smith to Whittemore set up a B.J. Smith 6-yard touchdown run with 3:21 left in the quarter. Troy 17-14
Tyler Sumpter knocks in a 42-yard field goal with 6:42 left in the third quarter. Troy 20-14.
Smith connects with Whittemore for a 29-yard touchdown, and the Trojans add the two-point conversion with 3:39 left in the third. Troy 28-14.
B.J. Smith scores on a 10-yard run 2:10 into the fourth. Troy 35-14

Up Next: The Eagles (7-3, 4-2) play their final two regular-season games on the road, starting at Coastal Carolina next Saturday, Nov. 17. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m., and the game will air on ESPN+.

 

Wofford Survives Western Carolina on Senior Day, 38-23

Cullowhee, N.C. – Quarterback Tyrie Adams accounted for 396 yards of total offense and his eighth-rushing score of the season, but a late interception again thwarted an upset bid by Western Carolina against No. 14/15 Wofford. The Terriers rallied from a 20-7 first half deficit, limiting the high-octane Catamounts to fourth-quarter field goal in keeping their conference title and postseason hopes alive with a 38-23 victory to spoil WCU’s Senior Day at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field.

Trailing by eight, 31-23, with under three minutes to play in regulation, Adams marched the Catamount offense 71 yards out of his own end zone in search of the equalizing score. However, miscommunication with a wide receiver on an scramble play resulted in Wofford’s George Gbesee jumping an errant throw, returning the pick 66 yards to set-up Andre Stoddard’s second – and game-sealing – rushing touchdown.

For Gbesee, it was the second-straight year he closed a game against WCU with an interception, sliding under an Adams pass in the end zone in overtime a season ago to end the most recent meeting in Spartanburg, S.C.

Adams rushed for 167 yard – just the second, 100-yard rusher surrendered by the stingy Terrier defense, amassing the most yards from scrimmage on the ground of any player this season. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native threw for 229 yards, but was held out of the end zone through the air for a second-consecutive week since becoming WCU’s all-time passing TD leader with 53. Redshirt senior WR Jordan Mathis hauled in seven passes for 115 yards to lead the Catamounts, while Nate Mullen caught four for 41 yards.

Tailback Connell Young returned to the lineup on Saturday, spinning in for his second rushing score of the season on a four-yard plunge early in the second quarter as a part of 20-straight WCU points.

WCU’s offense tallied 414 total yards on Saturday, the second-most surrendered by Wofford this season – but were forced to settle for a trio of Will Horton field goals, establishing a single-game high for the second-year placekicker. Horton connected from 43, 36, and 21 yards on the day, two kicks coming at the end of grueling 11-play drives by the Catamounts.

Horton’s 36-yard field goal with just inside of four minutes in the first half gave WCU a commanding, 20-7, lead. However, the Terriers flipped the script with an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 32-yard touchdown pass from QB Joe Newman to Jason Hill to trim the margin back to six, 20-14, at intermission and seemingly grabbing momentum headed into the locker room.

Wofford took its first lead since early in the first quarter on the first of two Newman TD scampers, scoring on the option keeper from 38 and 4 yards out, respectively, to grab a 28-20 lead headed into the fourth quarter. But the Catamounts still had a chance in the final frame as Adams set-up the offense first-and-goal at the four after his game-long 32-yard run. But, WCU was held to just three points as Horton banged through the chip-shot field goal making it 28-23.

The Terriers got a 3-pointer of their own on the ensuing possession as Luke Carter capped a seven-play drive for the Terriers, splitting the uprights form 42 yards out to again provide the eight-point margin.

Midway through the fourth quarter, nursing the one-score advantage, the Terriers looked to be on their way expiring the clock by moving off their own 25-yard line into Catamount territory in 10 plays. However, a costly holding call on the heels of an eight-yard tackle for loss by Spartanburg native Michael Murphy forced Wofford to punt. Carter’s boot took a fortuitous bounce at the goal line for the visitors, pinning the Catamounts at their own three-yard line where Adams started his final push that ended with the Gbesee interception. On the final drive, Adams accounted for 43 of the 71 yards on the ground.

Gbesee was among three Terriers with six tackles apiece, while Jireh Wilson forced the only other turnover in deflecting a pitch attempt by Adams that set-up Wofford’s first score on the short field in the first quarter.

Murphy paced the Catamount defense with a game-high 12 tackles including two for loss, adding a forced fumble, while senior Mitchell Chancey kept his double-digit tackle streak intact with 11 stops, one for loss. Classmate Marvin Tillman finished with nine tackles while Jarquavius Wortham was credited with a forced fumble and Bruce Squires got a hand on a punt attempt in the fourth quarter for the Catamounts.

WCU held the triple option ground attack of the Terriers nearly 80 yards shy of their seasonal average at 259 yards rushing, off the average of 338.4 per game.

Western Carolina (3-7, 1-7 SoCon) closes its season next Saturday, Nov. 17 as it returns to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face the flagship school of the UNC system, the North Carolina Tar Heels (1-8, 1-6 ACC). Kickoff from Kenan Stadium is set for 3:00 pm in a game that will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra, a platform similar to ESPN3 and available through the WatchESPN app.

 

Post-Game Notes: Western Carolina vs. #14 Wofford

#14/15 Wofford 38, Western Carolina 23

E.J. Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field

Cullowhee, N.C.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018

Att: 10, 169

 

With the Loss …

- Represents WCU’s seventh-straight defeat on the season, the longest losing slide since losing 10 straight dating back to 2012 – head coach Mark Speir’s first season;

- WCU is now 3-7 overall after a 3-0 start to the year which had been the best start since 1976;

- Falls to 14-27 all-time against Wofford in the head-to-head series, and drops a game below .500 in games played in Cullowhee, 10-11;

- WCU lost its third-straight game against a nationally-ranked FCS opponent since last winning over Samford last year in Cullowhee;

- The Catamounts finish their conference season at 1-7, matching the record from 2016 season.

Post-Game Notes:

- Western Carolina’s offense recorded 414 yards of total offense against the stout Wofford defense on Saturday – just the second-most offensive yards allowed by the Terriers this season … It was the eighth-time this year the Catamount offense has finished with 400+ yards of total offense in its 10 games;

- Redshirt junior Tyrie Adams tallied a combined 396 yards in Saturday’s game giving him 3,029 yards of total offense this season … It is just the THIRD time in school history that an offensive player has amassed over 3,000 yards of total offense in a season … Adams is just the second Catamount player to do so – and the first with more than one, 3,000+ yard seasons trailing his 2017 mark of 3,040 yards and school single-season record holder Troy Mitchell (3,096 yds) back in 2014;

- Adams tallied his fifth, 100-yard rushing game this season, finishing with 167 yards and a score on the ground … With his performance, Adams takes over as the top rusher in the SoCon this season, averaging 90.2 yards per game;

- Adams posted his sixth, 200+ yard passing performance of the year with 229 yards through the air against Wofford … However, for the second-consecutive week – and for the fifth time this season – he was held without a passing touchdown;

- Adams now has 8,995 yards of total offense in his career and is just 402 yards from snapping the school record for total offense in a career held by Troy Mitchell (9,397 yds, 2012-15);

- For a fourth-straight week, Western Carolina recorded two rushing touchdowns on Saturday … the Catamounts have now recorded at least one rushing touchdown in all but two games this season with multiple scores in seven of the meetings;

- Redshirt senior WR Jordan Mathis posted 100+ receiving yards, his third career 100-yard receiving game … With 115 receiving yards on a career-best seven catches, Mathis just missed his career-high of 117 set against Gardner-Webb back in 2016 (117 yds);

- Sophomore PK Will Horton connected on a career-best three field goals in Saturday’s home loss to Wofford, splitting the uprights from 43, 36, and 21 yards, respectively … Horton is 4-for-6 on field goals between 40-49 yards … Horton missed his first career attempt from 50+ on Saturday;

- With 73 points this season, Horton is just FIVE points shy of a 10th-place tie between four former Catamounts in the school ledgers … Including 13 successful field goals this season, Horton now has 15 made field goals in his career, 11th in school history – supplanting former kicker Van Stayton (14, 1961-64) … Ironically enough, a longtime Catamount Club supporter, Stayton was honored as the Donor of the Game on Saturday;

- Senior LB Mitchell Chancey continued his torrid pace, finishing with 12 tackles to give him 120 stops this season while extending his streak of double-digit tackle games to 10-straight – every game this season … Chancey moved into a tie for ninth in program history with his 120 tackles, moving into a tie for ninth in the school ledgers, matching Toussaint Kennedy (120, 1988);

- Chancey continues to lead the Southern Conference with a 12.0 tackle per game average this season;

- Spartanburg, S.C., native Michael Murphy tied his career-high with 16 tackles against Wofford … He also had a dozen tackles at Samford … Murphy also set a season-high with two tackles for loss against the Terriers;

Miscellaneous Notes:

- WCU’s team captains for Saturday’s evening’s game were: senior RB #7 Corey Holloway … redshirt senior DB #29 Marvin Tillman … redshirt senior OL #63 Zach Weeks … and redshirt senior P #83 Ian Berryman;

- LB #55 Andrew Birkmire – who walked with the WCU seniors for his final game in Cullowhee – carried out the American flag and redshirt senior OL #72 Andrew Miles carried the “All You Got” flag when the Catamounts took the field Saturday;

- Western Caolina won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff on Saturday;

- A combined 18 Catamount football players, four cheerleaders (Landyn James, Lexi Martin, Caroline Weeks, and Bailey Wright), and one member of the WCU Dance Team (Hailee McCraw) were honored during a pregame ceremony prior to their final home game in Cullowhee … WCU’s football players included: RB #7 Corey Holloway … WR #11 Jordan Mathis … DB #18 Bryce Wilson … LB #25 Jacquez Williams … DB #28 Terrance Wilson … DB #29 Marvin Tillman … LB #48 Mitchell Chancey … LB #55 Andrew Birkmire … OL #63 Zach Weeks … OL #65 Kaleb Spry … OL #69 Chase Stehling … OL #72 Andrew Miles … OL #75 Nathan Dalton … P #83 Ian Berryman … WR #86 Tyran Reynolds … WR #88 Brad Swan … DL #90 Solomon Clark


BLUE DEVILS DOWN TAR HEELS, 42-35

DURHAM, N.C. -- Daniel Jones accounted for 547 total yards and four touchdowns to help Duke beat rival North Carolina 42-35 on Saturday.

Jones threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Devils (7-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). He also ran for a 61-yard touchdown and had a 68-yard keeper in a 186-yard rushing day, helping Duke finish with a season-high 629 yards.

Duke claimed a third straight victory in the series, allowing the Blue Devils to keep the Victory Bell for another year.

The Tar Heels (1-8, 1-6) trailed by 14 throughout the fourth quarter until a late TD throw from Nathan Elliott to Thomas Jackson with 75 seconds left. Then, after a late stop, UNC had a final drive for the tie and pushed to the Duke 39.

But the Blue Devils knocked down the end-zone pass from Cade Fortin -- brought in for the final heave -- to end it.

THE TAKEAWAY

UNC: Michael Carter and the ground game couldn't be stopped in a 28-point first half while the defense struggled, only to reverse roles with the defense coming up with a blocked field goal and two takeaways after halftime as the offense went into a 28-minute slumber.

Duke: Jones had quite a day in a display of his offensive potential. Jones broke a single-game record for total offense set by Anthony Dilweg (476 yards) in 1988 against Wake Forest. Jones also had the biggest rushing day by a Duke quarterback in any game, breaking a record set in 1976. And that all propelled the Blue Devils past the 600-yard mark for the third time this season.

UP NEXT
UNC: The Tar Heels step out of league play to host Western Carolina next Saturday.


LR Football Goes Undefeated in SAC Play After Drubbing of Catawba

HICKORY, N.C. – The No. 17 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team secured a 7-0 season in conference play with a 63-21 drubbing of Catawba on Saturday afternoon at Moretz Stadium. The Bears earned just the third perfect SAC season in program history with the victory and topped 400 yards rushing in the blowout.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lenoir-Rhyne 63, Catawba 21
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (10-1, 7-0 SAC), Catawba (3-7, 2-5)
Location: Hickory, N.C. | Moretz Stadium
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STATS OF THE GAME:
• In the win, redshirt sophomore QB Grayson Willingham broke the program record for most touchdown passes in a single season when he hit TE Drake Starks for a 30-yard TD in the first quarter. Willingham went 9-for-14 for 170 yards and two TD strikes on the day, before giving way to Gunnar Anderson to close out the game.
• Freshman RB Caine Crews had his best game in an LR jersey, rushing for a game-high 129 yards on 12 carries including a 51-yard scamper. Dareke Young added four carries for 80 yards and a touchdown, while Ameen Stevens had 10 carries for 68 yards and a pair of touchdowns. As a team, LR ran for 412 yards and seven touchdowns.
• T.J. Smith hauled in his 10th touchdown catch of the season on a slant in the 1st quarter. The senior finished with 4 catches for 33 yards.
• Junior safety Kyle Dugger finished with six tackles and intercepted a pass which he returned 26 yards. The return specialist averaged 20.0 yards per return on his three punts with a long of 31 yards. Dugger entered play ranked inside the top 10 in the nation in punt return average.
• Jaquan Artis continued to terrorize opposing blockers as the DE recorded 2.5 sacks to go along with six tackles a forced fumble and a pair of QB hurries. Artis now ranks second in the league with 10.5 sacks.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
• The Bears scored the first 42 points of the game before allowing Catawba to score just before the half.
• Prior to today's game, the Bears honored their senior class. Following the contest, LR was presented with the SAC Championship trophy.
• The Bears have scored 30 or more points in every game this season and have rushed for multiple touchdowns in every contest this year.

UP NEXT:
LR will find out its postseason draw tomorrow at 5 p.m. as the NCAA announces its playoff field. The Bears entered play ranked No. 3 in the region and will find out their opponent tomorrow evening



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