College Roundup: N.C. Central surges by Howard
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jordan Reid passed for just 54 yards but directed a ground attack that pushed North Carolina Central to a 37-28 win over Howard in its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener Saturday.
Reid completed nine of 19 passes but led the Eagles (3-2, 1-0 MEAC) in rushing with 94 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown scramble in the fourth quarter. Idreis Augustus punched in a 6-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles on the board with their opening drive.
Dequadis Tucker ran 17 yards for a second quarter touchdown, and two more touchdowns came from punt returns, including an 89-yard run by Adrian Wilkins and a 50-yarder by Tim Thaniel. Oleg Parent kicked a 48-yard field goal.
The Citadel 31, Appalachian State 28
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — An interception in overtime set up the game-winning field goal and The Citadel beat Appalachian State 31-28 in a Southern Conference battle on Saturday.
Mitchell Jeter picked off a deflected pass by Mountaineers QB Kameron Bryant to stop Appalachian State’s first drive in overtime. Thomas Warren kicked the game-winning 25-yard field goal plays later to lift The Citadel to 2-4, 2-2.
Ben Dupree ran for two TDs, giving the Bulldogs their first lead in the third quarter at 21-14 with a 53-yard scoring run. Darien Robinson also scored twice, on runs of 2 yards each.
Elon 28, Furman 25
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Karl Bostick ran for two touchdowns and Chandler Wrightenberry returned an interception for a score as Elon edged Furman 28-25 in a Southern Conference game Saturday.
After building a 28-10 lead at the half, the Phoenix (2-4, 1-1 Southern) turned the game over to the defense.
Furman (2-3, 1-1) got back in the game with Hank McCloud’s 3-yard run in the third quarter, followed by Duncan Fletcher’s PAT run. McCloud scored again on a 29-yard pass from Fletcher midway through the fourth quarter. But the Paladins only managed one first down on their last two possessions.
Bostick’s 2-yard run and Wrightenberry’s 33-yard return put Elon up 14-7 after one quarter. Mike Quinn connected with Rasaun Rorie, who had three catches for 112 yards, for a 73-yard score before Bostick’s 8-yard run made it 28-25.
Charlotte 53, Gardner-Webb 51
CHARLOTTE — A two-point conversion pass fell incomplete with 31 seconds left and Charlotte, which trailed by 21 after three quarters, held on to defeat Gardner-Webb 53-51 on Saturday.
Matt Johnson threw five touchdown passes, three in a 29-point fourth quarter, but it was the defense that saved the 49ers (4-2). Lucas Beatty, who had a career-high 389 yards and four touchdowns, drove Gardner-Webb (4-2) 72 yards to set up Juanne Blount’s 1-yard score but Beatty’s game-tying pass was incomplete.
Down 45-24, the 49ers got a safety on a blocked punt and had two one-play TDs after defensive stops, a 48-yard pass to Trent Bostic and a 56-yard run by Alan Barnwell.
Johnson was 27 of 46 for 342 yards, with Bostic catching nine passes for 107.
Blount ran for 133 yards and two TDs and Kenny Cook had 10 receptions for 136 yards and two scores in the loss.