Rid­dle a star for Mercer

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - SPORTS -

BIRM­ING­HAM, Ala. — Fresh­man quar­ter­back Robert Rid­dle passed for 316 yards and one score and ran for two more touch­downs as Mercer opened South­ern Con­fer­ence play by hold­ing off Sam­ford 30-24 Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Cole Fisher booted three field goals, in­clud­ing a 33-yarder to end the first half, to pro­vide the needed cush­ion for the vic­tory. He hit from 39 yards out and added a 41-yarder with 4:37 left in the game for a 30-21 lead.

Rid­dle, a McCal­lie School grad­u­ate, found Stephen Houzah in stride for a 73-yard scor­ing strike to take a 27-14 lead in the fourth.

Mercer (2-1, 1-0) was thrashed by Mem­phis 66-14 in the sea­son opener, then beat Jack­sonville 45-3 be­fore snap­ping an eight-game los­ing streak to the Bull­dogs that stretched for decades in part be­cause Mercer’s pro­gram was long dor­mant.

Tee Mitchell rushed for 103 yards, and Mar­quise Irvin had six catches for 71 yards.

Devlin Hodges threw for 291 yards with three touch­downs as the Bull­dogs (1-2, 0-1) closed to 27-21 mid­way in the fi­nal quar­ter.

› Wy­oming 17, Wof­ford 14 LARAMIE, Wyo. — Raghib Is­mail Jr.’s 9-yard touch­down catch from Tyler Van­der Waal with 17 sec­onds left capped a fran­tic 80-yard drive and lifted the Cow­boys to vic­tory over their vis­i­tors from the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion and the SoCon.

Wy­oming (2-2) strug­gled on of­fense un­til Van­der Waal caught fire in the fourth quar­ter, com­plet­ing 11 of 17 passes for 133 yards.

Wof­ford (2-1) ap­peared to have se­cured a rare win against a Foot­ball Bowl Sub­di­vi­sion op­po­nent when line­backer Rob­bie Arm­strong hit Van­der Vaal as he threw, al­low­ing We­ston Roun­tree to in­ter­cept with 3:25 to play.

The Ter­ri­ers gained only one first down, though, and punted, set­ting up the Cow­boys’ game-win­ning drive with 1:59 re­main­ing.

AP PHOTO/JOSH GALEMORE

Wof­ford half­back Blake Mor­gan car­ries the ball against Wy­oming on Satur­day in Laramie, Wyo.

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