Valparaiso survives Campbell 49-42 in overtime
VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) — Eric Hoffman hit Andrew Cassara for an 11-yard touchdown in overtime to lead Valparaiso over Campbell 49-42.
Campbell had a chance to tie and force a second overtime, but Brian Hudson was stopped on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line to secure the victory for the Crusaders.
In a back-and-forth affair, Valparaiso (1-3, 1-0 Pioneer League) did its damage through the air, with Hoffman throwing for 407 yards and four touchdowns. Campbell (1-3, 0-1) used a multi-faceted ground game, with five different backs rushing for more than 35 yards. The rushing attack was led by Kurt Odom, who generated 91 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.
Campbell forced overtime with Odom's second touchdown, a 14-yard carry with 2:42 left. The Fighting Camels then moved to the Valparaiso 45-yard line with five seconds remaining in regulation, but Hudson's pass to the goal line was intercepted by Dale Cook to ensure overtime.
Morehead State rolls past Davidson 45-14
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Brandon Bornhauser ran for two touchdowns and Austin Gahafer passed for two and ran for another to lead Morehead State past Davidson 45-14 on Saturday and give Rob Tenyer his first victory as the Eagles' head coach.
The Eagles (1-4, 1-1 Pioneer League) rushed for 253 yards. Gahafer completed 25 of 36 passes for another 238.
Morehead, with 12 starters on offense and defense who are freshmen or sophomores, had started 0-4 for first time since 2006. But the Eagles defense, which had been giving up an average of 592 yards, held the Wildcats (0-4, 0-1) to 273 in helping end the streak.
John Cook scored from 3 yards out and his conversion run gave Davidson its only lead at 8-7 in the first quarter. Morehead responded with three unanswered touchdowns, ending with Gahafer's 17-yard score to John Cornwall, to take a 28-8 lead with 5:42 left before halftime.
Taliaferro's 3 TD's lead CCU past Elon 53-28
ELON (AP) — 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.
Charlotte manhandles Presbyterian 45-21
CLINTON, S.C. (AP) — 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.
Summerlin, Samford thrash Western Carolina 62-23
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — 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).