College football: Butler romps over Camels, 35-14
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — 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.
Butler entered the game tied with Marist and San Diego for the Pioneer League lead. Those two teams played a late game.
Charles, UNC Pembroke top Charlotte, 45-22
CHARLOTTE (AP) — 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.
Rontonio Stanley had a pair of 2-yard scoring runs in the first quarter.
C.J. Crawford hauled in two scoring passes from Matt Johnson, who finished with 275 yards and three touchdowns for Charlotte.
Drake beats Davidson 27-6
DAVIDSON (AP) — Gary Scott rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns to cement a 27-6 win over Davidson in a Pioneer Football League matchup Saturday.
Drake (3-3, 2-1) secured its first road win of the season by piling up 480 total yards of offense while holding Davidson (0-6, 0-3) to just 70 yards rushing. Andy Rice passed for 278 yards and two touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Kevin Marshall in the first quarter and a 35-yarder to Nick Rosa in the second quarter. The Bulldogs missed two extra-point kicks but completed a 2-point conversion after their final touchdown.
The Wildcats only score came in the second quarter when William Morris caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Carkhuff, who was 25 of 30 for 233 yards. The extra point was blocked.
Johnson, Auburn roll past Western Carolina 62-3
AP Sports Writer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Freshman Jeremy Johnson passed for 201 yards and four touchdowns in his college debut and Auburn racked up a school-record 712 total yards in a 62-3 rout of Western Carolina on Saturday.
Johnson was announced as the starter Friday evening for the Tigers (5-1) with Nick Marshall not fully recovered from a knee injury. He picked apart the Football Championship Subdivision Catamounts (1-6) to complete 17 of 21 passes before leaving midway through the third quarter.
Cameron-Artis Payne ran for 133 yards on seven carries, including a 59-yard run and a 25-yard touchdown on one drive in the third quarter. Tre Mason gained 100 yards on six carries with first-half touchdowns of 20 and 53 yards.
Auburn held Western Carolina, which has lost 32 in a row to FBS and FCS teams, to 173 total yards.
The Tigers' old record of 695 yards came against Southwestern Louisiana in 1985.
Auburn ran for 511 yards on 43 carries and had 30 first downs to six for Western Carolina.
Johnson's debut provided the only drama in a game when Auburn had four touchdowns just over a minute into the second quarter.
A four-star recruit and Alabama's Mr. Football, the 6-foot-5, 219-pounder had been a candidate for a redshirt year before getting called into action over Jonathan Wallace, who started the last four games of 2012.
It was a good game to get his feet wet against a badly overmatched opponent. Now, the question facing the Tigers is will Marshall be able to play at No. 9 Texas A&M?
Johnson threw three touchdown passes to lead Auburn to a 42-3 halftime lead en route to the Tigers' most points since a 62-24 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga in 2010.
Johnson rolled right and threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jay Prosch, threw a deep ball on the money for a 46-yard touchdown to Ricardo Louis and hit fellow freshman Tony Stevens for a 22-yarder before the half.
He added a 3-yarder to Quan Bray in the third quarter and ran for 26 yards on three carries. Corey Grant also gained 83 yards on five runs.
Richard Sigmon got a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter for Western Carolina, which held onto the ball for six minutes, 23 seconds on the drive to keep Auburn's offense off the field.
Starter Troy Mitchell completed 3 of 6 passes for 73 yards and was intercepted once. Backup Eddie Sullivan played much of the game and was 3-of-11 passing for 73 yards. Both added 15 rushing yards apiece despite being sacked a combined four times.
Wofford beats Elon 31-27 in comeback
SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) — 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.
Elon's Mike Quinn ran for one score, threw for two more and had 285 yards passing.
Hampton edges N. Carolina A&T 31-26 for first win
HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — 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.
The Pirates trailed 12-7 in the second quarter before Aaron Matthews returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown and Bailey added a pair of touchdown passes to give the Pirates a 28-12 halftime lead.
North Carolina A&T responded with an 81-yard pass from Lewis Kindle to Tarik Cohen in the third quarter and a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown cut the deficit to 28-26 before Prevost's field goal extended the lead.
Cohen led the Aggies with 180 yards rushing.
Samford runs past Appalachian State 34-10
BOONE (AP) — 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.
Appalachian State's Kameron Bryant threw for 156 yards, including a late 15-yard touchdown to Andrew Peacock.