No.9 Wofford 49, Western Carolina 20
On Saturday night at Gibbs Stadium, the Wofford football team ran for 590 yards on the way to a 49-20 win over Western Carolina. Three different Terriers had over 100 yards rushing in the contest and Wofford scored seven
rushing touchdowns. The Terriers open the season 3-0 and Western Carolina is 1-2. For Wofford, the offense had 595 total yards and the defense limited the Catamounts to only two offensive touchdowns. The Terriers were led by Eric Breitenstein with 160 rushing yards, Michael Weimer with 141 rushing yards, and Donovan Johnson with 126 rushing yards. The Catamounts were led by Eddie Sullivan who was 28-of-37 passing for 302 yards, while Spearman Robinson had 91 receiving yards.
Samford 44, Gardner-Webb 23
Samford junior running back Fabian Truss scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one on a kickoff return, to lead the Bulldog football team to a 44-23 win at Gardner-Webb Saturday afternoon. With the win, Samford improves to 3-0 on the season, marking the first 3-0 start for the Bulldogs since 1995. Gardner-Webb falls to 0-3 with the loss.
Truss' four touchdowns tie a Samford single-season record, accomplished by seven different players, most recently by Kelsey Pope against Stillman in 2011. Truss tallied 262 all-purpose yards, 84 rushing, 32 receiving and 146 on kickoff returns. Truss scored on runs of three, three and 42 yards, and on a kickoff return of a career-long 97 yards.
Samford's Andy Summerlin completed 23-of-33 passes for 238 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Pope had six receptions for 45 yards. Jaquiski Tartt and Darion Sutton led the Samford defense with 11 tackles each. Tae Lewis had an interception for the Samford defense.
Elon 48, West Virginia State 14
The Elon University football team carried a four-touchdown lead into the half and never looked back on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, as the Phoenix downed the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets, 48-14, at Rhodes Stadium.
Senior quarterback Thomas Wilson completed 18-of-25 passes for 261 yards and four touchdowns, two of which were snared by senior receiver Aaron Mellette. Wilson surpassed 4,000 career passing yards for his career with his performance. Including the two scores, Mellette finished the game with nine grabs for 129 yards and moved past 3,000 career receiving yards. Mellette now has 16 100-yard receiving games in his career, while Wilson's 200-yard passing game is the 12th of his career.
The maroon and gold finished with 571 yards of total offense, including 301 yards on the ground. Thuc Phan led all players with 110 rushing yards on 15 carries, while Karl Bostick carried the ball 12 times for 77 yards. Elon (2-1) was nearly perfect in the red zone in the win, converting 6-of-7 chances into scores. Kenton Beal punted just once in the game for the Phoenix.
Elon's 48 points are the most scored by the Phoenix since a 49-35 decision over 20th-ranked Chattanooga on Oct. 30, 2010.
No.11 Clemson 41, Furman 7
Tajh Boyd passed for 310 yards and two touchdowns to lead FBS consensus 11th-ranked Clemson to a 41-7 win over Furman Saturday in front of 81,500 fans at Memorial Stadium. +Boyd's two scoring strikes covered 30 yards to Brandon Ford and 39 yards to Martavis Bryant in the second half to help the Tigers (3-0) put away the Paladins (0-3).
Andre Ellington ran for 59 yards and two scores, and Sammy Watkins scored on a 58-yard dash for Clemson, which also got a pair of Chandler Catanzaro field goals covering 46 and 22 yards. Furman was paced by true freshman quarterback Reese Hannon, who completed 19-of-29 yards and for 235 yards and a touchdown in his first collegiate start and second appearance as a Paladin. The Greer, S.C., product connected on a 37-yard scoring strike to Jordan Snellings in the second quarter to make it a 17-7 game.
Clemson racked up 498 yards in total offense to Furman's 352 yards. The Paladins controlled the football for over 38 minutes, but Clemson's quick strike offense proved to be the game's biggest difference as the Tigers needed just 2:53 of clock to score their first two touchdowns, which combined to cover 166 yards.