Wofford, L-R ousted in playoffs
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.