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Terriers Falls In Double Overtime 

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Wofford College football team's season came to an end on Saturday afternoon with a 30-23 loss in double overtime to Youngstown State in the NCAA FCS Quarterfinals. The Terriers took a lead with 9:22 left in the game, but a field goal by the Penguins tied it with five minutes remaining. Both teams failed to score in the first overtime and Wofford could not answer a touchdown by YSU in the second overtime.

Wofford ends the season at 10-4 overall. Youngstown State moves to 11-3 and advances to the semifinals. The Terriers, ranked #19, were led by Joe Newman with 125 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Lorenzo Long added a pair of rushing touchdowns. Malik Rivera led the Wofford defense with 11 tackles and an interception. The #12 ranked Penguins were led by Jody Webb with 2143 rushing yards, while Wells Hunter threw for three touchdowns.
The Penguins had the ball first and went three-and-out. The punt was blocked by Mason Alstatt and recovered by R.J. Taylor at the five-yard line. On the third play of the first drive by Wofford, Lorenzo Long scored from one yard out. A bad snap on the point after made it a 6-0 lead with 12:11 on the clock. The Penguins gained a pair of first downs after a long kickoff return, but a 43-yard field goal attempt into the wind was wide left. The Terriers were limited to one first down before punting.
On the first play of the ensuing drive by the Penguins, Malik Rivera picked off a pass from Hunter Wells and Wofford took over at the 43-yard line. After a first down, David Marvin hit a 37-yard field goal for a 9-0 lead with 53 seconds left in the first quarter. The Penguins picked up a pair of first downs, but then a sack by Thad Mangum forced a punt. Wofford began at the 16-yard line and went three-and-out. On the next drive by the Penguins, they gained four first downs and then scored on a nine-yard pass to Darien Townsend. The PAT was missed and the score was 9-6 at the 5:48 mark of the second quarter.
Wofford gained one first down before having to punt. After one first down, Hunter Wells found Damoun Patterson for a 45-yard touchdown pass and took a 13-9 advantage with 2:18 left in the first half. Wofford once again was held to one first down and punted with 27 seconds on the clock. The Penguins took a knee to send the game to halftime.
To open the first half, Joe Newman took the ball on the first play up the middle for 75 yards and a touchdown. The Terriers had a 16-13 lead with 14:46 in the third quarter. The Penguins had the ball, but Terrance Morris forced a fumble that was recovered by Tyler Vaughn and the Terriers took over at the 37-yard line. The Terriers then fumbled the ball and the Penguins recovered at the 36-yard line. After two big first downs, a 40-yard field goal attempt was blocked by the defensive line. Wofford went three-and-out with the ball back and punted.
The Penguins drove down the field in ten plays and had a drive capped by a five-yard touchdown catch by Isiah Scott to give YSU a 20-16 lead with 1:33 on the clock in the third quarter. Wofford answered with a 13-play drive that covered 75 yards and ended with a six-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Long. After the PAT, the Terriers had a 23-20 lead with 9:22 left in the fourth quarter. With the ball back, the Penguins gained three first downs, but had to settle for a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 23 with 5:04 on the clock. Wofford had one first down before punting and the Penguins took over at the three-yard line. A three-and-out and punt gave Wofford the ball at the 43-yard line with 46 seconds left in the fourth quarter. A 53-yard field goal by David Marvin as time expired was short and the game went to overtime.
The Terriers had the ball to begin overtime. They gained one first down, but then were faced with fourth-and-one at the two. The pitch was fumbled and the Penguins took over. On fourth down, a 37-yard field goal was wide right and the game went to a second overtime. The Penguins had the ball first and they gained a first down. A two-yard touchdown run by Tevin McCaster and the PAT gave YSU a 30-23 lead. The Terriers were faced with a 4th and 13 and a pass was incomplete to end the game.
Wofford had 297 total yards, all rushing. Youngstown State had 413 total yards, 240 of which were rushing. Wofford had 11 first downs to 21 for Youngstown State. Wofford was 6-of-16 on third downs and 0-of-2 on fourth downs. Youngstown State was 10-of-17 on third down. Wofford was called for four penalties, while Youngstown State was whistled twice. Youngstown State had a 31:20 to 28:40 time of possession advantage.
Wofford Head Coach Mike Ayers
There is no doubt it was disappointing. Two great teams scrapping against each other and we took their best shot and they took our best shot. We had some really good play balling and had some kids hat competed their tails off and did it in the right way. Youngstown has a heck of a program and I think we have a heck of a program. To look at the season and all the adversity that we have faced and never once did they slow down or back up or give up. They just kept fighting. You see a bunch of kids that love each other and compete for each other and I am proud to be there coach. We could have had a better game. Some of our mistakes were because of us and some were because of the type of play the Youngstown gave us. I love this group of guys and they are going to be always, no matter how long from this day, will be in my heart. I love them to death. Some of them don't pass the look test, but they pass the heart test.
Wofford vs. Youngstown State Post-Game Notes
The game marked the seventh season that the Terriers have played in the NCAA FCS postseason. They are now 7-7 all-time in the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
This was the second meeting ever between Wofford and Youngstown State. The Penguins won in 1996 and in 2016.
Jody Webb had 213 yards, the first time the Wofford defense has allowed a 100-yard rusher in a game this season. Webb was the first 200-yard rusher allowed since Chris Evans (11/14/2009, Samford, 257 yards).
The #19 Terriers had ten wins on the season, topping the total from last year (5-6). The eight regular season wins were the most since the 2011 season and the ten total wins the most since 2010.
Joe Newman had his first career 100+ yard rushing game.
Lorenzo Long had 42 rushing yards. He ends his career with 3,477 rushing yards to rank 5th in school history. With his two touchdowns, he has 43 in his career to rank third in school history.
The interception by Malik Rivera was his first of the season and career.
The game was the second overtime game of the season for the Terriers, both losses. Wofford is now 4-5 all-time in overtime games.
Game captains were Will Gay, Anton Wahrby, Lincoln Stewart and Dylan Young.
Attendance was 8,066 at Stambaugh Stadium








Limestone knocks off LMC Men, 94-77

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Rishad Felton scored  a career-high 19 points and Cedriontis Wilsonadded a career-best 15 points, but it wasn't enough as the Lees-McRae College men's basketball fell on the road to Limestone by a score of 94-77 Saturday in Conference Carolinas action. The loss drops LMC's record to 2-8 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

The first half was a battle of three-pointers as the two teams combined to knock down 13 shots beyond the arc. Wilson drilled five threes for the Bobcats, while Limestone's Shaun Stewart connected on four.

Limestone jumped on the Bobcats early scoring 11 of the first 13 points of the contest. LMC rallied to tie the score at 18-18. The two teams kept exchanging leads until the 3:18 mark of the first half when the scored was knotted at 30. The Saints closed out the first half on a 13-7 run to take a 43-37 lead heading into halftime.

The Bobcats cooled off a bit offensively shooting 37.8 percent after connecting on 45.7 percent of their attempts from the field in the first half. Limestone, on the other hand, shot 50 percent from the field and went 19-of-23 from the free throw line to finish off the 94-77 win over LMC.

Lees-McRae will close out the first half of its season Sunday when it travels to take on Southern Indiana. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


LMC Women fall on the road at No. 13 Limestone

GAFFNEY, S.C. – Sophomore Breana Hardnett drilled a career-high four three-pointers and finished with 18 points, but it proved not to be enough as No. 13 Limestone knocked off the Lees-McRae College women's basketball team by a final score of 77-62.

Lees-McRae was plagued by two cold stretches offensively in the opening quarter. LMC went scoreless for the first 1:46 of the game and did not score in the final 2:25 of the frame. Because of these periods of cold shooting, Limestone opened an 18-10 lead on Lees-McRae after one quarter.

Markia Stacey helped get LMC's offense going in the second knocking down seven of her 11 points in the stanza. Despite the scoring outburst from Stacey, the Saints kept the pressure on Lees-McRae and extended their lead to 11 heading into the locker room, 37-26.

After halftime, the two teams played to near deadlock in the third quarter. LMC stayed with the 13th-ranked Saints thanks in part to eight made free throws in third. Limestone, however, kept up with Lees-McRae to play to a 20-20 in the third. The Saints led 57-46 going to the fourth.

Limestone extended its lead to as many as 16 in the fourth quarter before winning by 15 over the Bobcats, 77-62.

Despite the loss, the Bobcats finished with the rebounding advantage Saturday out-rebounding Limestone 47-42. The Saints came into Saturday's game leading the conference in rebounds per game (45.5). Brea Forbes and Caitlin Brown led LMC's efforts on the boards totaling nine and eight rebounds, respectively.

The Bobcats, now 1-7 overall and 1-3 in league play, will close out the first half of their season Wednesday when they host Young Harris. The game is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.


Streak Over, Army Ends Navy's Run with 21-17 Win

BALTIMORE, Md. – The Army West Point football team recorded a long-awaited victory over No. 25 Navy 21-17 in the 117th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Saturday afternoon.
Army ended a 14-year unbeaten streak in the series in front of 71,600 fans at M&T Bank Stadium and secured its first win in America's Game since earning a 26-17 victory in 2001.
Army finishes the regular season at 7-5, while Navy closes out its regular season with a mark of 9-4.
Army maintained a 7-0 advantage after one quarter, thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run from Andy Davidson. Davidson's rush capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive for the Black Knights that used 7:39 off the game clock.
The sophomore crossed the goal line again with another 1-yard scamper midway through the second quarter and the Black Knights entered the locker room up, 14-0. This marked the first time since 2009 Army blanked the Midshipmen in the first half of play.
Navy responded with 10 unanswered points in the third quarter. The first one was a 1-yard touchdown rush from Zach Abey followed by a 28-yard field goal from Bennett Moehring.
The Midshipmen scored again, this time on a 41-yard rush from Abey, to take their first edge in the game at 17-14 with 12:42 left in the fourth quarter. But Army would ultimately have the last score, as Ahmad Bradshaw's 9-yard run with six minutes left in the game sealed the victory.

  • Army's victory snapped a 14-game winning streak by Navy, dating back to 2001.
  • The victory was Army's first in the city of Baltimore since 1944.
  • It was also the Black Knights' first win at M&T Bank Stadium and brought Army to a 3-3 tie with Navy in Army-Navy games played in Baltimore.
  • Army moves to 49-54-7 in the all-time Army-Navy Game presented by USAA.
  • Xavier Moss forced the first fumble of his career in the first quarter, while Rhyan England scooped up his second career fumble recovery.
  • Moss came down with the third interception of his career later in the third quarter. It was his second pick this year after recording an interception against Notre Dame on Nov. 12.
  • Davidson ran for his 10th touchdown this season at the 4:23 mark of the first quarter before raising his total to 11 by the end of the game following his fourth multi-score effort of the year.


  • Moss forced the first fumble of his career early in the opening quarter before England collected the fumble for the second recovery of his career.
  • Davidson punched in his 10th touchdown of the season on a 1-yard carry with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter.
  • Kell Walker set a career high with a game-high 94 rushing yards.


  • Army converted on 4th-and-inches late in the fourth quarter when Davidson ran for seven yards to move the ball to the Navy 11-yard line. Bradshaw carried the ball for a nine-yard score two plays later to give Army a 21-17 lead with exactly six minutes on the clock.


  • Army stalled Navy's opening drive five plays in, as Moss forced a fumble by Navy's Shawn White that was recovered by England at the Black Knights' 34-yard line.
  • The Cadets responded by scoring on a 14-play, 66-yard drive that was highlighted by a 13-yard rush from Darnell Woolfolk. The sophomore brought the ball to the four-yard line before a 1-yard carry from Davidson capped the drive. Blake Wilson converted the PAT to give the Black Knights' a 7-0 lead with 4:23 left in the first.
  • Moss came up big again on the very first play of Navy's ensuing drive after he intercepted a deep pass by Abey to give Army the ball at its own 32. The Mids would not go away though as they received the ball back with 26 seconds left in the opening quarter, when Sean Williams intercepted Bradshaw's pass at the Navy 22-yard line.
  • Midway through the second period, the Black Knights took over at Navy's 46-yard line after a punt before Davidson crossed the goal line for his second 1-yard touchdown run of the afternoon. Davidson kept Army's drive going with a 3-yard carry on 4th-and-2 that moved the ball to the Navy 12. From that point Walker rushed for another first down with an 11-yard carry that brought the ball to the 1-yard line. Davidson's touchdown run finished an 11-play, 46-yard drive. Wilson's PAT gave the Cadets a 14-0 lead.
  • Later in the period, Navy took over after a fumble from Davidson with 1:38 remaining in the opening half, but the Mids gave the ball right back, as England intercepted Abey for his second pick of the year.
  • Army ran out the clock with a pair of short rushes to enter the locker room with the 14-0 advantage.
  • Navy forced a fumble by Bradshaw on Army's second play from scrimmage to start the third quarter and took over the ball at the Army 32-yard line.
  • The Midshipmen turned their takeaway into seven points, after Abey finished a six-play, 32-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Moehring made the PAT to pull within 14-7 with a little less than 12 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
  • Army limited Navy to a 28-yard field goal after a drive that lasted 5:20. Moehring split the uprights to make the score 14-10 still in favor of Army with 3:59 left in the third period.
  • Jackson Pittman forced a fumble on a carry from Davidson, and Williams recovered it to give the Mids the ball back at their own 37-yard line with 1:19 to play in the third.
  • Abey then gave Navy its first lead of the contest, with a 41-yard touchdown rush with 12:42 remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter. Moehring's successful PAT handed the Mids a 17-14 advantage.
  • Davidson helped Army get another fourth-down conversion, with a 7-yard run from the Navy 18-yard line on 4th-and-inches. Bradshaw rushed for a 9-yard score two plays later and Wilson made the PAT to give the Black Knights back the advantage at 21-17 with six minutes to play. A 29-yard connection from Bradshaw to Edgar Poe helped set up the game-winning scoring drive.
  • Army forced a punt on Navy's ensuing drive and got the ball back at its own 23 with 4:07 remaining on the clock.
  • The Black Knights picked up two first downs to run out the clock and seal the victory.


  • Army completes its 2016 season with a trip to the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl to face North Texas on Dec. 27 at 12 p.m. ET. The bowl game will be Army's first since 2010 and will be played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas. ESPN will have the game's broadcast.


Allen Has Career-High 34 Points in 94-45 Rout of UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- Grayson Allen shot 75 percent from the field -- including a perfect 7 of 7 in the second half -- en route to a career-high 34 points to lead No. 5 Duke to a 94-45 victory over UNLV on Saturday in the first college basketball game ever played at T Mobile Arena.

Luke Kennard had 16 points and five rebounds for the Blue Devils (10-1), while Jayson Tatum had 13 points and five rebounds, and Amile Jefferson contributed with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Duke, which is 4-1 on a neutral court, jumped out to a 20-3 lead in the first 7 minutes and never looked back, as it outscored the Runnin' Rebels 52-19 in the second half.

The Rebels (5-4) tried to make a couple of runs to challenge Duke, getting as close as 38-26 late in the first half after an 8-0 spurt. The Blue Devils answered with their defensive prowess and proved to be too much for an outmatched UNLV team that committed 13 turnovers a little more than 14 minutes into the game, and shot just 34 percent (10 of 29) in the first half.

Though UNLV was competitive on the glass, outrebounding the Blue Devils 20-17 in the first half, Duke outscored the Rebels 26-10 in the paint while opening a 42-26 halftime lead.

Jalen Poyser had 16 points for UNLV.

The Blue Devils shot 58.7 percent (37 of 63) from the field, including 10 of 22 (45.5 percent) from 3-point range. UNLV, meanwhile, shot 29.6 percent (16 of 54) from the field.

Duke: Jefferson came into Saturday's game leading the ACC in field goal percentage, converting at a rate of 67 percent for the season. He is a career 63 percent shooter from the field.

UNLV: After opening the season 5-2, the Runnin' Rebels have lost their last two after allowing an average of 95.5 points per game. UNLV lost at Arizona State 97-73 last Saturday.


Photo Courtesy: Jeff Monken, Georgia Southern Athletics