Aggies beat Howard; Appalachian falls

Sep. 28, 2013 @ 11:18 PM

GREENSBORO — Lewis Kindle was 14 of 22 for 140 yards and touchdown and also ran for a first-quarter score to help North Carolina A&T beat Howard 27-17 on Thursday night in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

Desmond Lawrence had a 38-yard scoring run in the second quarter for the Aggies (3-0).

Greg McGhee was 20 of 44 for 186 yards and two touchdowns for Howard (1-3). The Bison were coming off a 76-19 loss to Old Dominion on Sept. 14.

Coastal Carolina 53, Elon 28

ELON — Lorenzo Taliaferro ran for a career-best 205 yards and three touchdowns to lead Coastal Carolina to a 53-28 win over Elon on Saturday.

Coastal Carolina set a school record for total yards with 652 and the Chanticleers scored 21 unanswered points in the second half.

Alex Ross added 297 yards passing and threw three touchdowns each to different receivers for Coastal Carolina. The Chanticleers have scored 50-plus points three straight games and five of their last ten.

The win is the first 5-0 start in Coastal Carolina’s school history. Its inaugural season was in 2003. The Chanticleers are 11-1 in their last 12 games dating back to last season, the only loss coming in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

Mike Quinn tossed three touchdowns for Elon (1-4), but was 15 of 28 for 94 yards. The Phoenix trailed 32-28 at halftime, but was held scoreless in the second half.

Samford 62, Western Carolina 23

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Andy Summerlin threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns as Samford coasted to a 62-23 win over Western Carolina in their Southern Conference opener Saturday.

The Catamounts overcame an early 14-0 deficit with 10 straight points, but the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 Southern) rolled from there as Fabian Truss returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Summerlin completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cephus late in the second quarter.

Samford pulled away in the second half as Summerlin threw two more touchdown passes, including a 68-yards strike to Gavin Sinclair.

Truss rushed for 60 yards and a score.

Cephus had three receptions for 86 yards and Sinclair added two catches for 74.

Karel Hamilton caught two scores for the Bulldogs, finishing with 42 yards.

Troy Mitchell went 15-of-33 for 202 yards. He also had 77 yards rushing and a touchdown for Western Carolina (1-4, 0-2 Southern).

Charlotte 45, Presbyterian 21

CLINTON, S.C. — Matt Johnson threw for three touchdowns and Kaliff Phillips ran for two more as Charlotte dominated Presbyterian in a 45-21 win on Saturday.

Presbyterian (1-3, 1-0 Big South) led 14-7 at the end of the first quarter, but after Phillips tied the game on a 1-yard run early in the second quarter, Charlotte never looked back. Dominating on the ground, the 49ers (3-2) scored 31 points before the Blue Hose, playing for pride, could score again.

Johnson was 15 of 24 for 269 yards passing, including a 3-yard TD toss to Austin Duke, a 53-yarder to Mikel Hunter and a 23-yarder to Trent Bostick. Charlotte amassed nearly twice as many yards rushing as Presbyterian — 236 to 131 — including a 1-yard scoring run by Alan Barnwell.

Demarcus Rouse had TD runs of 1 and 2 yards for Presbyterian. Quarterback Kaleb Griffin also scored on a 1-yard run.

Charleston Southern 27, Appalachian St. 24

BOONE — Christian Reyes rushed for a season-high 167 yards and a touchdown as Charleston Southern edged Appalachian State, 27-24.

After Appalachian State (1-3) built a 14-7 lead, Reyes tied the game with a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The teams then traded field goals to send the game to the half tied at 17-17.

The Buccaneers (5-0) found their first lead of the game with a third-quarter field goal before the Mountaineers responded with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Kameron Bryant to Marcus Cox, giving Appalachian State a 24-20 lead. Cox also rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Appalachian State offense.

But Charleston Southern’s Daniel Croghan III found Kevin Glears for a 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter and the Buccaneers held on for the win.

Charleston Southern broke a school record in winning its fourth road contest of the year.