College Roundup: Appalachian drops final league game with Furman
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Gary Wilkins had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown, highlighting five turnovers forced by the Furman defense, en route to a 27-10 win over Appalachian State Saturday.
Furman (3-4, 2-2 Southern Conference) also recovered four fumbles against the rival Mountaineers (1-6, 1-3) in the last conference contest between the two schools. Appalachian State will depart for the Sun Belt Conference in 2014.
The Paladins held a 6-3 lead before Wilkins’ interception halted a promising Appalachian State drive and gave Furman its first touchdown of the game.
A rushing touchdown by Ernie Cain and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Reese Hannon to Ryan Culbreath gave the Paladins a 27-3 lead in the third quarter.
Wofford 21, Western Carolina 17
CULLOWHEE — Michael Weimer rushed for 132 yards and Wofford got a late goal-line stand to hold off Western Carolina for a 21-17 win Saturday.
Tony Mitchell ran for one score and passed for another to give Western Carolina (1-7, 0-4 Southern) the 17-7 halftime lead.
Wofford (5-2, 4-0) responded when Weimer ripped off an 83-yard run to open the second half. Octavius Harden ran for a 16 yard score to give the Terriers the 21-17 lead.
Mitchell drove Western Carolina 86 yards late in the fourth, but Wofford stopped the Mitchell’s fourth-and-2 run, injuring him in the process.
Chattanooga 20, Elon 9
ELON — Keon Williams rushed for 118 yards and two touchdowns as Chattanooga bested Elon 20-9 in a Southern Conference matchup Saturday.
Elon (2-6, 1-3) scored first, as a John Gallagher 19-yard field goal capped a 16-play, 80-yard first quarter drive. Chattanooga (5-2, 3-1) answered with a nine-play, 75-yard drive of their own, culminating in Williams’ 4-yard TD run. Gallagher’s second field goal of the day, from 30 yards out, cut the lead to 1, but Chattanooga marched right back for 65 yards in 12 plays as Williams punched one in from two yards for the 14-6 halftime score.
The Mocs added two Nick Pollard field goals, from 32 and 19 yards, in the second half, while Elon could only answer with Gallagher’s third field goal of the day, a 23-yarder in the third quarter.
Mike Quinn passed for 237 yards for Elon, despite a heavy rain much of the afternoon.
Delaware State 12, N.C. A&T 7
GREENSBORO — Lamar Shaw scored from a yard out and Mitchell Ward kicked two field goals as Delaware State defeated North Carolina A&T 12-7 on Saturday.
The Hornets (3-4, 3-1) remained in the thick of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference race while the Aggies (3-3, 1-3) dropped their third straight.
The DSU defense held the Aggies to 57 yards rushing and 208 yards overall.
Cory Murphy’s 43-yard pass to Milton Williams was the key play in a first-quarter drive that ended with Ward’s 37-yard field goal. Williams made six catches for 100 yards.
Morgan State 34, N.C. Central 22
DURHAM — Seth Higgins tossed a touchdown pass and ran for another to help Morgan State put away North Carolina Central 34-22 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matchup Saturday.
Higgins ran 11 yards for a score and threw a 27-yard strike to Graylin Harrison as the Bears (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) jumped to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Eagles (3-4, 1-2) trimmed their deficit to 11 when Jordan Reid scored from nine yards out and Oleg Parent kicked a 41-yard field goal. Morgan State responded with two Chris Moller field goals and a 4-yard rushing score by Robert Council, pushing the Bears’ lead to 24 in the fourth quarter.
Jacksonville 52, Campbell 45; Marist 42, Davidson 14.