East Ten­nessee State moves to 4-0 in SoCon

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS -

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Tyree Robin­son re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 42 yards for a score, and J.J. Jer­man kicked a col­le­giate ca­reer­high four field goals as East Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity beat The Citadel 26-23 Satur­day.

Tied at 16 in the fourth quar­ter, the Buc­ca­neers (6-1, 4-0 South­ern Con­fer­ence) con­verted two third downs be­fore Jer­man’s fourth field goal, a go-ahead 36-yarder with 4:02 to play that tied ETSU’s sin­gle-game record for field goals. Jer­man also kicked field goals of 46, 40 and 31 yards.

Robin­son picked off Jor­dan Black’s pass on fourth-and-5 on the Bull­dogs’ next drive and re­turned it for the score, seal­ing the win. It was Robin­son’s sec­ond in­ter­cep­tion of the game and his third pick in two games.

Former Cleve­land High School quar­ter­back Austin Hen­rink was 15-of-20 pass­ing for 169 yards with a 12-yard touch­down pass to Kobe Kel­ley.

Black was 15-of-23 for 188 yards and ran for a touch­down for The Citadel (1-4, 1-3).

› Fur­man 34, Wof­ford 14 GREENVILLE, S.C. — Harris Roberts passed for three touch­downs and ran for two as the Pal­adins up­set the Ter­ri­ers, who are ranked in the top 10 of both Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion polls.

Fur­man (2-3, 2-1) led 21-7 at half­time against Wof­ford (4-2, 3-1), which is ranked No. 4 by coaches and tied for sixth in the STATS FCS poll.

An­dre Stod­dard’s 6-yard touch­down run cut the Ter­ri­ers’ deficit to 27-14 late in the third quar­ter, but Roberts capped the scor­ing with a 1-yard plunge in the fi­nal pe­riod.

Roberts fin­ished with 235 yards on 16-of-19 pass­ing and added 32 yards on 14 car­ries.

› Sam­ford 73, VMI 22 BIRM­ING­HAM, Ala. — Devlin Hodges passed for 438 yards and six touch­downs and added a sev­enth on the ground as the Bull­dogs cruised for most of the af­ter­noon.

Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­si­tute (0-6, 0-5) took a 9-7 lead in the first quar­ter af­ter Reece Udin­ski’s 72-yard touch­down pass to Javeon Lara, but Hodges found Kelvin McKnight to cap a 13-play, 75-yard drive that gave Sam­ford (3-4, 2-2) the lead for good.

VMI cut its deficit to 28-22 with 6:30 left in the first half, but Hodges an­swered by hit­ting Chris Shelling for his sec­ond touch­down of the half, and DeMar­cus Ware scored from the 1 to make it 42-22 with Mitchell Fineran’s ex­tra-point kick.

› Yale 35, Mercer 28

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Kurt Rawl­ings passed for 344 yards and four touch­downs as Yale held off Mercer in the first meet­ing be­tween the pro­grams.

J.P. Sho­hfi hauled in two of those touch­down tosses for the Ivy League’s Bull­dogs while to­tal­ing six catches for 152 yards. Reed Klub­nik added seven catches for 86 yards and a score for Yale (3-2), which led 28-14 at half­time.

Cal­houn High School grad­u­ate Kae­lan Ri­ley threw touch­down passes of 12 and 35 yards in the sec­ond half to help Mercer (3-3) close the gap. He fin­ished with 333 pass­ing yards and three touch­downs.

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