Wof­ford, L-R ousted in play­offs

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Football - Staff re­ports

The Caroli­nas’ fi­nal two NCAA foot­ball play­off qual­i­fiers lost Satur­day, with Wof­ford and Lenoir-Rhyne drop­ping road con­tests in very dif­fer­ent ways.

Wof­ford fell 13-10 at Ken­ne­saw State in a sec­ond-round Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion game, af­ter a Ter­ri­ers fum­ble set up a Ken­ne­saw State field goal with 1:52 re­main­ing.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost 61-21 at Val­dosta State in a third-round Di­vi­sion II con­test af­ter fall­ing be­hind 27-0 in the sec­ond quar­ter.


KEN­NE­SAW, Ga. A de­fen­sive strug­gle was set­tled by a big de­fen­sive play. With the score tied, Wof­ford was try­ing to drive for a win­ning score in the clos­ing min­utes.

On third down at the Ter­ri­ers 41, quar­ter­back Joe New­man was sacked by Ken­ne­saw State’s An­thony Gore Jr. and fum­bled. The Owls’ An­drew But­ler re­cov­ered at the Wof­ford 21, and three plays later, Justin Thomp­son kicked a 20-yard field goal for the win­ning points with 1:52 re­main­ing.

Wof­ford lim­ited fourth-seeded Ken­ne­saw State (12-1) to seven first downs and 242 to­tal yards. But Wof­ford was held to 236 yards to­tal of­fense.

Ken­ne­saw State, the Big South cham­pion, will be home in the quar­ter­fi­nals next Satur­day against South Dakota State.


VAL­DOSTA , Ga. Val­dosta State piled up a 27-0 lead in the sec­ond quar­ter and wal­loped Lenoir-Rhyne 61-21 in the Di­vi­sion II South Re­gion fi­nal. It was the Bears’ first play­off ap­pear­ance in four years, when they also were ousted by Val­dosta State.

The host Blaz­ers (12-0), topseeded in the re­gion, to­taled 382 rush­ing yards against third-seeded Lenoir-Rhyne (12-2) and forced four turnovers.

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