In-state Roundup: Wofford beats Elon 31-27 in comeback

Oct. 12, 2013 @ 11:23 PM

SPARTANBURG, SC — James Lawson hit Will Gay on a 66-yard touchdown pass and the defense made a goal-line stand as Wofford twice came from behind to beat Elon 31-27 on Saturday in a Southern Conference game.

Wofford (4-2, 3-0) was trailing 27-24 with 5:55 to go when Lawson threw the game-winner. On its next drive, Elon (2-5, 1-2) marched to within the Wofford 2 but was stopped on fourth and goal by a swarm of Terriers defenders as time ran out.

Jonny Martin had scoring runs of 9 and 5 yards for Wofford and Octavius Harden tied the game 24-24 with a 23-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Elon replied with a 25-yard field goal by John Gallagher, his second of the game, to retake the lead 27-24. Then Lawson connected with Gay.

Auburn 62, Western Carolina 3

AUBURN, Ala. — Now, Western Carolina can return to a more level playing field.

The Catamounts fell 62-3 to Auburn on Saturday in their third game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team this season.

"I told the team we've lost to three FBS programs," Western Carolina coach Mark Speir said. "We've got the brunt of our season ahead, five Southern Conference games. Get back to playing the teams we're supposed to be playing and give ourselves a chance to win some ball games. "

The Football Championship Subdivision Catamounts (1-6) were outgained 712-173 in total yards and managed only six first downs while Auburn (5-1) had 30. It was a school record in yards for the Tigers.

Hampton 31, N. Carolina A&T 26

HAMPTON, Va. — Bryan Bailey threw three touchdown passes and Hampton halted a North Carolina A&T rally to win its first game of the season 31-26 Saturday.

Hampton (1-5, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ended the Aggies' (3-2, 1-2) chances by forcing a turnover on downs on the final possession to preserve the win.

Anthony Prevost's 31-yard field goal gave Hampton a 31-26 lead with just over two minutes left in the game.

Samford 34, Appalachian State 10

BOONE — Andy Summerlin threw for 265 yards and one touchdown to lead Samford to a 34-10 Southern Conference victory over Appalachian State Saturday.

This was Samford's first win against the Mountaineers since 1970.

The Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0 SOC) scored early when Michael Pierce Jr. rushed in from 1 yard out. Appalachian State (1-5, 1-2) narrowed the gap on a 38-yard field goal by Drew Stewart, also in the first quarter.

Samford then scored 20 unanswered points to jump out to a 27-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. Samford spread the scoring around as D'Morrise Bledsoe scored from 26 yards out, Summerlin threw a 7-yard strike to Kelvin Clay and Jeremiah Gates rushed in from the 1 in the fourth quarter for the final score. Warren Handraham added field goals of 30 and 27 yards.

Butler 35, Campbell 14

INDIANAPOLIS  — Matt Lancaster had 312 total yards, 231 passing and 81 rushing, to lead Butler to a 35-14 win over Campbell Saturday, keeping the Bulldogs perfect in Pioneer League play.

Brendan Shannon was Lancaster's primary receiver, hauling in 10 passes for 166 yards for Butler (5-2, 3-0 PFL). Trae Heeter also rushed for two touchdowns, amassing 134 yards on 21 carries.

The Bulldogs had a comfortable 28-0 halftime lead as Lancaster threw for one touchdown and rushed for another. Heeter scored on runs from 15 yards and 1 yard out in the first two quarters.

Campbell (1-5, 0-3 Pioneer) got on the board when DeShawn Jones broke off a 45-yard run in the third quarter.

UNC Pembroke 45, Charlotte 22

CHARLOTTE — Luke Charles threw for 403 yards and three touchdowns as North Carolina Pembroke beat Charlotte 45-22 on Saturday.

Charles, who has now topped 400 yards passing in consecutive games, completed 43 of 57 passes as Division II Pembroke (5-0) earned its first victory over an FCS scholarship school.

Matt Johnson connected with Mikel Hunter on a 2-yard touchdown pass about midway through the second quarter and Lee McNiell's two point conversion gave Charlotte (3-3) an 8-7 lead before the Braves scored 31 unanswered points to put the game out of reach.

Ben Decelle and B.J. Bunn each had ten receptions for Pembroke and Te'vell Williams added seven catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Bunn scored once.