Wof­ford ral­lies to win by 15

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NFL BLITZ -

CULLOWHEE, N.C. — Joe New­man ran for touch­downs of 38 and 4 yards in the third quar­ter as Wof­ford ral­lied to win 38-23 at Western Carolina on Satur­day.

New­man fin­ished with 93 rush­ing yards on 12 car­ries, and the Ter­ri­ers’ An­dre Stod­dard gained 82 on 14 and added an in­sur­ance score with 44 sec­onds left in the South­ern Con­fer­ence matchup.

Tyrie Adams com­pleted 23 of 36 passes for 229 yards and led Western Carolina (3-7, 1-7) on four scor­ing drives — touch­down runs by Adams and Con­nell Young were sand­wiched by Will Hor­ton field goals — that took the Cata­mounts from trail­ing 7-0 to lead­ing 20-7.

But Wof­ford (7-3, 6-2), which is ranked ninth in the STATS FCS poll and 14th by Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion coaches, cut the gap to 20-14 by half­time and went up 31-23 in the fourth quar­ter. Ge­orge Gbe­see in­ter­cepted Adams with a minute re­main­ing, and Stod­dard iced the game with a 12-yard touch­down run three plays later.

› The Citadel 42, Sam­ford 27

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Lorenzo Ward rushed for four touch­downs and Bran­don Rainey ran for 206 yards and an­other score as The Citadel took con­trol in the fourth quar­ter and pulled away late.

Rainey also threw for 88 yards and a touch­down, and Ward fin­ished with 88 rush­ing yards on 18 car­ries.

The Citadel (4-5, 4-4) trailed 27-14 af­ter Sam­ford’s Mitchell Fin­eran hit a 20-yard field goal with 5:45 re­main­ing in the third quar­ter. Ward ran it in from the 1 to close out the pe­riod and start a bar­rage of touch­downs for the hosts, who scored 28 unan­swered points to fin­ish the game.

The Citadel rushed for 344 yards while hold­ing Sam­ford (5-5, 4-3) to just 93 yards on the ground, though Sam­ford passed for 404 yards.

All of Sam­ford’s pass­ing yards came from se­nior quar­ter­back Devlin Hodges, who rushed for an­other 57 yards to give him 15,181 to­tal yards in his col­le­giate ca­reer, a SoCon record. His 14,180 pass­ing yards are 316 short of the FCS record set by Al­corn State’s Steve Mc­Nair (1991-94).

› Fur­man 49, VMI 13

LEX­ING­TON, Va. — Har­ris Roberts com­pleted 13 of 17 passes for 261 yards and two touch­downs, and Devin Wynn pitched in with 112 yards and three touch­downs on 15 car­ries to help Fur­man keep Vir­ginia Mil­i­tary In­sti­tute win­less in con­fer­ence play this sea­son.

This one was over early as the Pal­adins (5-4, 5-2) jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Wynn opened the scor­ing with a 13-yard touch­down burst to cap a 10-play, 80-yard drive on Fur­man’s open­ing pos­ses­sion. Lead­ing 14-0 af­ter Wynn’s 1-yard touch­down run and Grayson Atkins’ ex­tra-point kick with 2:47 left in the first quar­ter, the Pal­adins got the ball back sec­onds later when Jor­dan Willis forced a Quan My­ers fum­ble that was re­cov­ered by Aaquil An­noor at the VMI 33-yard line.

One play later, Roberts hooked up with Jake Walker for a 33-yard touch­down strike.

The Key­dets (1-9, 0-8) pulled within 21-7 on Reece Udin­ski’s 60-yard scor­ing strike to Javeon Lara and Reed King’s ex­tra­point kick with 1:08 left in the first quar­ter, but Watkins had a 5-yard touch­down run and Roberts and Walker hooked up for a 69-yard scor­ing strike in the sec­ond quar­ter, and it was 35-7 at half­time.

In the third quar­ter, Wynn had a 43-yard touch­down run and Watkins scored from 2 yards.

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