Samford 24, Furman 21
Samford senior place-kicker Cameron Yaw kicked a 27-yard field goal with 37 seconds left to give the Samford football team a 24-21 Southern Conference win over Furman in the season-opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at
Seibert Stadium. Samford head coach Pat Sullivan, who has been away from the team for the past week while dealing with a bout with pneumonia, was back with the team on Saturday. He was not on the sidelines, but he was in the stadium and was involved in the coaching of the game.
#13 Wofford 34, Gardner-Webb 7
In the 2012 season opener, the Wofford football team won 34-7 over Gardner-Webb on Saturday evening at Spangler Stadium. Despite a steady rain in the first half, the Terriers were able to run for 402 yards and hold the Runnin' Bulldogs to only twelve yards rushing. The Terriers open the season 1-0 and Gardner-Webb is 0-1. For Wofford, Eric Breitenstein rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Donovan Johnson added 71 rushing yards and a 37-yard touchdown reception from Brian Kass. Blake Wylie led the defense with eight tackles and the Terriers recorded five sacks. Gardner-Webb was led by Deonte Swinton with six catches for 106 yards.
The Citadel 49, Charleston Southern 14
Ben Dupree scored two touchdowns in a 28-point third quarter onslaught and Rickey Anderson found the end zone three times as The Citadel broke away from a halftime tie to cruise past Charleston Southern 49-14 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night at Johnson Hagood Stadium. The Bulldogs rushed for 479 yards, their most in a game in 18 years, with fullback Darien Robinson leading the way with a career-high 120 yards on only 12 carries and a touchdown. Anderson, a sixth-year senior, picked 80 yards and his three touchdowns matched his career total entering Saturday's contest.
#3 Georgia Southern 58, Jacksonville 0
Georgia Southern sophomore quarterback Ezayi Youyoute rushed for a career-high 164 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, and sophomore running back Dominique Swope ran for 104 yards with three scores to lead the third-ranked Eagles to a 58-0 football victory over Jacksonville Saturday night at Paulson Stadium. Georgia Southern (1-0) rolled up 557 yards of offense, all via the ground. The Eagles scored touchdowns on all four of their offensive possessions in the first quarter, and their 27 first-period points were the most the team has scored since an Oct. 20, 2007, victory over Appalachian State.
It was Georgia Southern's 11th straight home win, as the Eagles improved to 15-2 in season openers at Paulson Stadium. The Eagles pitched their first shutout since Oct. 23, 2010, when they defeated The Citadel 20-0.
South Florida 34, Chattanooga 13
The Chattanooga Mocs (0-1) football team kicked off the 2012 season losing 34-13 at BIG EAST foe USF (1-0) today. The Mocs battled hard in the loss to the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Bucs. UTC struggled offensively against the fast and physical USF defense. But defensively, aside from breakdowns on deep passes, the Mocs more than held their own. The defense forced two turnovers while the offense did not have a single giveaway.