Instate College Football Roundup: Mountaineers go down in Athens
Appalachian State took the opening kickoff and held the ball 7 minutes in an impressive drive that gave the Mountaineers confidence and the lead against heavily favored Georgia.
The problem was the time-consuming possession only led to a field goal, leaving coach Scott Satterfield and his team to wonder what might have been if the Mountaineers had reached the end zone.
Appalachian State kicked field goals on each of its first two drives and didn’t score again as Georgia recovered from a sluggish start to beat the Mountaineers 45-6 Saturday.
Aaron Murray threw two scoring passes, Todd Gurley, J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas ran for touchdowns and Georgia outscored the Mountaineers 31-0 in the second half after leading only 14-6 at halftime.
Satterfield called the game “the tale of two halves” for his Mountaineers (2-8).
Appalachian State (2-8) reached eight losses for the first time since a 3-8 finish in 1979. The Mountaineers, in their last season as a FCS team, are moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
VMI 27, Gardner-Webb 9
LEXINGTON, Va. — Sam Patterson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass as Virginia Military Institute defeated Gardner-Webb 27-9 Saturday.
Patterson has now caught a TD pass in five consecutive games for VMI (2-8, 1-4 Big South).
It was the Keydets’ day from the start. Gardner-Webb (5-5, 0-3) ended its first series on offense when Lucas Beatty, the Runnin’ Bulldogs quarterback, took a bad snap, ran backward nine yards and fumbled in the end zone. Weston Reber recovered the fumble for a touchdown to give VMI a 7-0 lead.
Juanne Blount led Gardner-Webb with 61 yards rushing and one touchdown. Blount now has 906 yards rushing, moving closer to becoming the school’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2011.
Wesley 35, Charlotte 28
CHARLOTTE — Joe Callahan’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:14 left to play lifted Division III Wesley to a 35-28 win over Charlotte on Saturday.
Callahan, who completed 25 of 39 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns, helped the Wolverines (7-2) to a 14-0 lead with a touchdown run early in the first quarter and later found Kyle George for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 4:19 remaining in the first half.
Charlotte (4-6), however, rattled off 21 unanswered points, including a 22-yard scoring strike from Lee McNeill to Mark Pettit which was set up by a forced fumble and recovery by Demarjai Devine on the opening kickoff of the second half.
Hampton 29, N.C. Central 21
HAMPTON, Va. — Jorrian Washington scored two touchdowns and ran for 72 yards to help Hampton beat North Carolina Central 29-21 on Saturday.
Washington’s third quarter touchdown pushed Hampton (4-6, 4-2 MEAC) to a 26-14 lead. NC Central got within five when Jordan Reid scored from 14 yards out with 4:35 left. Hampton marched down the field and converted a 33-yard field goal for the game’s final score. With 1:18 remaining, NC Central marched down the field to the Hampton 35-yard line but Reid’s pass was intercepted by Calvin Johnson.
Hampton’s Anthony Prevost made three field goals on the day but missed his first of the year in the third quarter. Marcus Hampton rushed for 166 yards and a score and Antwon Chisholm caught eight balls for 89 yards for the Pirates.
Morgan State 24, N.C. A&T 23
BALTIMORE — Chris Moller’s 27-yard field goal as time expired gave Morgan State a 24-23 win over North Carolina A&T on Saturday.
Cody Jones connected on a pair of 38-yard field goals early in the fourth quarter, the second of which gave NC A&T a 23-14 lead with 8:49 to go.
Morgan State (4-6, 4-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) answered immediately with a 12-play, 73-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Seth Higgins to Antonio Jefferson. The drive, which took just 2:35 off the clock, was aided by two 15-yard penalties (first a personal foul, then pass interference) against the Aggies (5-4, 2-4).
Citadel 35, Elon 10
ELON — Ben Dupree threw for one touchdown and rushed for three more to lead Citadel in a crushing 35-10 victory over Elon on Saturday.
Dupree threw only six times for four completions and 166 yards. But his 65-yard touchdown pass to fullback Darien Robinson early in the third quarter would mark the beginning of the end for Elon as it gave the Bulldogs (4-6, 4-4 Southern Conference) a 21-10 lead from which they would never look back. The Citadel scored a total of four unanswered touchdowns and its offensive total of 424 yards was nearly twice that of Elon (2-8, 1-5).
Freshman Citadel running back Tyler Renew chipped in with 82 yards on eight carries and a touchdown.
Stetson 26, Davidson 13; Marist 55, Campbell 28