By Myron Hosea
CSN So South Columnist
College Sporting News
Scoring in double figures in each quarter, Georgia Southern whipped the Paladins 50-20. The Eagles scored early for a 7-0 lead, but Furman’s Sedderick Cunningham returned the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for the tying touchdown – except Georgia Southern blocked the point after try, and Laron Scott returned it for two points. The Eagles went up 9-6 instead of being tied 7-7. The teams did trade some points as Furman pulled to 16-13 in the second quarter. Georgia Southern kept rolling, though, outscoring the Paladins 34-7 the rest of the way.
Johnathan Bryant rushed for 95 yards, Ezayi Youyoute 65, and J. J. Wilcox 64 to lead Georgia Southern. Each of them scored a touchdown. The Eagles scored on eight of 11 offensive possessions.
Liberty raced to a 42-0 first-half lead en route to toppling Coastal Carolina 63-27. Quarterback Mike Brown ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 218 yards and two scores. Running back Aldreakis Allen ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Coastal Carolina fumbled the ball away on three of its first five possessions, and the Flames turned each of them into scores.
Chanticleers quarterback Aramis Hillary threw for 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His teammate, DeMario Bennett, caught a touchdown pass and threw a touchdown pass.
Samford continued to make a move in the conference standings with a 43-31 home victory over Elon, the third straight win for the Bulldogs. Running back Fabian Truss followed his strong performance at Furman with an even better one, gashing the Phoenix for 191 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. Jonathan Sillers added 81 yards rushing and a score on just eight carries. Riley Hawkins caught eight passes for 89 yards.
The Bulldogs defense made some plays, too, picking off four passes. Safety Corey White grabbed one of those picks and made 12 tackles.
Elon’s Aaron Mellette had another solid game, making 15 catches for 171 yards and a touchdown.
Appalachian State appeared to be cruising in Charleston , rolling to a 49-14 lead over The Citadel halfway through the third quarter. The Mountaineers wound up hanging on, however, as the Bulldogs scored four unanswered touchdowns down the stretch before falling 49-42.
The Mountaineers generated a load of offense – 552 total yards, including 318 on the ground. Travaris Cadet ran for 133 yards and a touchdown while Steven Miller added 102 yards rushing and a score. Wide receiver Brian Quick struck for 131 receiving yards and a touchdown on eight catches.
Two late fumbles, though, turned into Citadel points. Quarterback Aaron Miller ran for 49 yards and three touchdowns, two of them coming in the rally. Domonic Jones aided the cause by returning a blocked punt seven yards for a touchdown.
Quarterback Terrell Robinson threw three touchdown passes and Chattanooga ’s defense scored twice as the Mocs rolled over Western Carolina 51-7. Ryan Consiglio returned a fumble 45 yards for a touchdown, and D. J. Key ran back an interception 85 yards for another touchdown. Robinson ran and passed for 195 yards while Marquis Green ran for 93 yards and a touchdown.
Wofford finished the non-conference portion of its schedule by pounding Virginia-Wise, an NAIA school, 47-14. Wofford scored all of its points in the first half, and began substituting second- and third-teamers early in the second quarter. Eric Breitenstein rushed for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Terriers took to the air and utilized their tight ends more than usual. Starting quarterback Mitch Allen threw one touchdown pass while backup Brian Kass threw three more. Three of the four went to tight ends. The Highland Cavaliers finished with minus-five yards rushing and 113 passing.
PresbyterianCollege running back Lance Byrd tallied three touchdowns by the first moments of the second quarter to lead the Blue Hose to a 28-14 victory over Gardner-Webb. Byrd rushed for 88 yards on the day. Quarterback Ryan Singer added 62 yards on the ground and 146 yards a touchdown through the air. The Runnin’ Bulldogs narrowed the gap to 14 points in the fourth quarter, but they could not move the ball on their final two possessions. Wide receiver James Perry, III paced the Gardner-Webb offense with seven catches for 140 yards.
VMI defeated Charleston Southern for the second consecutive season, ending the Keydets winless streak this season while extending the Bucs record to 0-6. Chaz Jones scored the second of his two rushing touchdowns with 3:15 remaining in the game for what turned out to be the winning points. Charleston Southern quarterback Malcolm Dixon hit Kareem Givens for an eight-yard touchdown pass with 1:04 left to pull the Bucs within four. Neither offense generated a lot of yardage as VMI outgained Charleston Southern 315 to 278. Four Bucs defenders reached double-digits in total tackles. VMI defensive back Byron Allen made five tackles, one tackle for loss, and broke up four passes.
Stony Brook rolled to an easy non-conference win over St. Anselm 55-6. The Seawolves racked up 404 yards on the ground, led by JeVahn Cruz’s 169 yards and two touchdowns. Brock Jackolski ran for two scores and returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Kyle Essington threw three touchdown passes.
Liberty (4-3/2-0) at Charleston Southern (0-6/0-1), 1:30 p.m.
Not the best week for the Bucs to try to find their first win. Liberty leads the series 16-2. Charleston Southern hasn’t beaten the Flames since 2005.
Stony Brook (3-3/1-0) at VMI (1-5/1-1), 1:30 p.m.
The Seawolves have won all three of the meetings in the series. The Keydets, coming off a conference win, haven’t won back-to-back Big South games since 2003.
PresbyterianCollege (2-4/1-1) at Georgia Southern (6-0/5-0), 2:00 p.m.
The Blue Hose’s challenging schedule continues with a visit to the top-ranked team in the nation. The Eagles have won the only two games in this series.
Wofford (5-1/3-0) at Furman (3-3/2-2), 2:00 p.m.
The 84th renewal of this rivalry between schools 45-minutes apart is big for both. The Terriers need to keep pace with Georgia Southern and stay ahead of the rest of the pack. The Paladins are anxious to break a two-game losing skid and stay in the conference race.
Chattanooga (3-4/1-3) at Elon (4-3/2-2), 3:00 p.m.
Both of these teams need this one to stay in the SoCon chase. The Mocs look to build on their first SoCon win while the Phoenix hope to rebound from a tough road loss.
The Citadel (2-4/1-4) at Western Carolina (1-5/0-4), 3:00 p.m.
The Catamounts seek a big day at home to get the zero off the “W” column in the conference standings. They’d better get lots of points stored up before the fourth quarter. Though they’ve split the past two games, the Bulldogs have run up a bunch of scores in the final 20-25 minutes of those contests.
Samford (4-2/2-2) at Appalachian State (4-2/2-1), 3:30 p.m.
The Mountaineers rebounded from the loss to Wofford a few weeks back, but they’ll face a resurgent Bulldogs squad. Samford gave Wofford fits in Spartanburg before reeling off three wins a row, two of them in the conference.
Gardner-Webb (1-5/0-2) at Coastal Carolina (4-2/1-1), 6:00 p.m.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs will try to escape from their five-game losing streak, but it won’t be easy down on the Grand Strand where the Chanticleers are a tough out. Coastal Carolina has won the last seven games in the series after Gardner-Webb won game one back in 2003.