Appalachian State beats Georgia Southern 38-14
Kameron Bryant was 27 of 33 for 381 yards with four total touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, to lead Appalachian State over Georgia Southern 38-14 on Saturday.
With the victory, the Mountaineers (2-6, 2-3 Southern Conference) ended a four-game skid and kept hope alive of avoiding their first losing season since 1993.
Marcus Cox led the Appalachian State running game 104 yards on 20 carries. Tony Washington had five catches for 129 yards while Andrew Peacock added 10 catches for 127 yards.
Georgia Southern (4-3, 2-3) scored the first points of the game on a 9-yard run by Jerick McKinnon.
McKinnon sprained his ankle in the second quarter while the score was tied. Kevin Ellison relieved him at quarterback and ran for 95 yards and a touchdown.
Appalachian State and Georgia Southern played their last game as Southern Conference rivals before they both join the Sun Belt next year.
Charleston Southern 36, Charlotte 14
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Daniel Croghan threw two touchdowns while Kyle Copeland ran in two more to lead Charleston Southern to a win over Charlotte on Saturday.
Copeland put the Buccaneers (8-1, 1-0 Big South) on the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 3-yard TD run, then put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard TD run. Mike Holloway also rushed for a TD from the 5-yard line, and the defense scored a safety by tackling Charlotte running back Alan Barnwell in the end zone in the fourth quarter.
Croghan, who completed 15 of 22 passes for 173 yards, threw a 39-yard TD pass to Kevin Glears and a 14-yarder to Chris Theodore.
Charlotte (4-4) got two rushing touchdowns from Kalif Phillips.
Jacksonville 56, Davidson 13
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kade Bell threw for a career-high 323 yards and four touchdowns as Jacksonville celebrated its homecoming in style with a win over Davidson Saturday.
Davidson (0-8, 0-5 Pioneer) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead when J.P. Douglas found William Morris for a 32-yard touchdown. It was all Jacksonville after that.
The Dolphins (4-4, 3-2) would rattle off 56 unanswered points as their defense forced four turnovers in the second quarter. Ulysses Bryant and Frantz Caudio both ran for short scores and Bell found Andrew Robustelli for a 7-yard touchdown. Luidji Michel fell on a fumble in the end zone and the rout was on.
Jacksonville finished with 558 total yards, eclipsing 50 points for the fourth time this season.
N.C. Central 24, Savannah St. 10
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Adrian Wilkins returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown to spur North Carolina Central on to a win over Savannah State Saturday.
Wilkins, who amassed 241 total yards, pulled in a 19-yard pass from Malcolm Bell midway through the third quarter to extend the Eagles lead to 21-10. He had 105 yards receiving on seven catches, 82 punt return yards and 54 kick return yards for the Eagles (4-4, 2-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Savannah State (1-8, 0-5 MEAC) took the lead on a John Barron 22-yard field goal early in the opening quarter. Bell then scored on a six-yard run to give the Eagles the lead 7-3.
Savannah State took a 10-7 lead when Antonio Bostick hit Edward Lackey on a three-yard scoring strike. That held up until Wilkins' touchdown punt return with 1:32 remaining in the first half.
Liberty 24, Gardner-Webb 0
BOILING SPRINGS (AP) — Josh Woodrum threw for a touchdown and ran for another and Liberty's defense blanked Gardner-Webb on Saturday.
The shutout was Turner Gill's first as a head coach and the first for Liberty (4-4, 1-1 Big South) against a Division I opponent since 2008.
The Flames' defensive line overwhelmed Gardner-Webb, holding them to 30 yards rushing on 29 attempts.
Woodrum finished 18 of 31 for 199 yards. His rushing touchdown came on a 3-yard option keeper to give Liberty a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
Desmond Rice ran for 74 yards on 19 carries and Darrin Peterson had 6 catches for 69 yards and a touchdown for the Flames.
Lucas Beatty was 21 of 37 for 200 yards for Gardner-Webb (4-4, 0-2).
N.C. A&T 20, Florida A&M 13 - OT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Tarik Cohen's touchdown in overtime — his third scored — lifted North Carolina A&T over Florida A&M in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contest on Saturday.
Cohen ran for 210 yards on 32 carries for N.C. A&T (4-3, 2-3), which broke a three-game losing streak.
At the start of the second quarter, Cohen busted through the line of Florida A&M (2-6, 1-3) for nine yards to give the Aggies an early lead. The Rattlers got a pick-six from Shaun Ward in the third quarter to tie it. Cohen then took a trick play for 27 yards to re-take the lead, but the extra point failed.
Damien Fleming hit Dewayne Harvey for an 8-yard score with 19 seconds left for the Rattlers, but the game-winning extra point was missed.
In overtime, Cohen punched it in from eight yards out. Fleming was intercepted on A&M's possession to ensure an Aggie victory.