College Sports

Eagles earn right to play for share of MEAC

C.J. Moore blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone with 5:52 remaining to give N.C. Central a 19-14 victory over Norfolk State on Saturday.

Norfolk State drove to NCCU’s 8 with 43 seconds remaining, where Theo Livingston intercepted a Terrance Ervin pass to stop the drive. NCCU forced five turnovers in the game.

Andre Clarke had a one-yard scoring run and Eric Fenton kicked field goals of 47 and 18 yards to give NCCU (6-5, 5-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) a 13-7 lead with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter. Norfolk State (4-7, 4-3) quickly answered to take the lead when Terrance Ervin ran it in from the 1 with 3:20 left in the third. With this victory the Eagles earned the right to play for a share of the MEAC title against N.C. A&T next Saturday.

Jacksonville 45, Campbell 19: Kade Bell threw for 286 yards with three touchdowns and Uysses Bryant rushed for 115 yards and a score in Jacksonville’s season-ending hoem win.

Frantz Caudio and Orlando Thomas each ran for touchdowns to push the Dolphins (9-2, 7-1 Pioneer) out to a 24-7 halftime lead. Bell’s second scoring connection with Andrew Robustelli along with Bryant’s 5-yard touchdown run made it 38-13 late in the third quarter.

Thomas had four carries for 98 yards. Robustelli finished with 93 yards on six receptions and two touchdowns. Caudio also caught a 6-yard score from Bell.

Dakota Wolf threw for 154 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Campbell (5-6, 4-3). It was the final game of the year for Jacksonville, which announced Friday that it voluntarily withdrew from the conference championship due to financial aid violations. The Dolphins also removed themselves from consideration for FCS postseason play.

Charleston Southern 38, Liberty 36: Christian Reyes rushed 18 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns for visiting Charleston Southern.

Mike Holloway added 81 more yards on the ground and a touchdown, and Ben Robinson also had a rushing score for Charleston Southern (8-3, 3-2 Big South). Overall, the Buccaneers Liberty (7-4, 3-1) by more than 200 yards.

The game was back-and-forth much of the way, and saw five total lead changes. A D.J. Abnar 3-yard TD run pulled Liberty to within two with 5:24 left, but Charleston Southern would put together a 10-play drive to run out the clock. Darrin Peterson had eight catches for 87 yards and three touchdowns of the four touchdowns thrown by Liberty quarterback Stephon Masha. Masha would also struggle with turnovers however, throwing three interceptions.

Marist 38, Davidson 7: Wale Onakoya ran for two touchdowns and Ed Achziger threw for two more to lead Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Onakoya ran for a 15- and 7-yard score in the first quarter. Achziger threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Armani Martin and the Red Foxes had an early 20-0 lead. It was Martin’s 19th career TD reception, adding to the fifth year senior’s school record set Nov. 8 at Stetson.

Atiq Lucas ran for an 8-yard touchdown and Achziger connected with Joe Tralli on a 16-yard touchdown strike to give Marist a 35-0 halftime lead. Marist (4-7, 4-4 Pioneer) held Davidson (1-10, 0-7) to 144 total yards. The Wildcats did not get into the red zone until Hub Cirame ran for an 11-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter to avoid the shoutout.

Maine 24, Elon 17: Nigel Beckford ran for 104 yards and a touchdown and caught one of Drew Belcher’s two touchdown passes for visiting Maine.

The Black Bears (5-5, 4-3 Colonial Athletic) limited Elon to 172 yards of total offense, holding the ball more than 21 minutes long, but the Phoenix (1-10, 0-7) cashed in on both Maine turnovers to stay in the game.

Elon took a 7-0 lead when Adrian McClendon returned a Belcher pick 30 yards on the third snap of the game. Beckford had a 2-yard run and Belcher hit Damarr Aultman for 4 yards to put the Black Bears up 14-10 at the half.

Belcher’s 29-yard connection with Beckford in the first minute of the fourth quarter made it 24-10 but on Maine’s next possession Julian Moore turned a pick 24 yards to the 17. Mike Quinn hooked up with Kierre Brown for a TD on the next play.

N.C. A&T 34, Savannah State 0: Tarik Cohen had 13 carries for 115 yards and three touchdowns in visiting N.C. A&T’s shutout.

Each of Cohen’s scores came in the third quarter. He had touchdown runs of 17, 2 and a 54-yard breakaway that made it 31-0.

Kwashaun Quick overcame three first-quarter turnovers to throw for 135 yards. He hit Dequan Swann on a 17-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the second quarter and also finished with 58 yards rushing.

D’Vonte Grant had 11 tackles, three sacks and an interception. The Aggies (9-2, 6-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic) finished with eight sacks, leading to a total of -8 rushing yards for Savannah State.

The Tigers (0-11, 0-8) were held to 165 total yards and committed four turnovers. They had a chance to take the lead early in the second, but Marquis Ragland blocked John Barron’s 32-yard field goal attempt.

Coastal Carolina 52, Monmouth 21: Alex Ross threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns and added 66 more with a touchdown on the ground to lead host Coastal Carolina.

De'Angelo Henderson added 110 yards on the ground on just 13 carries with a touchdown, and John Israel caught eight passes for 111 yards and a score for a Coastal Carolina offense that racked up 560 yards of total offense and out rushed Monmouth 284 to 51.

Defensively, Quinn Backus, Imir Sanders, and Kamron Summers each had interceptions for Coastal Carolina (11-0, 4-0 Big South).

Neil Sterling caught eight passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 73-yard bomb in the second quarter to lead Monmouth (5-5, 0-4). Coastal Carolina took a 21-point lead into the break, extending it to 24 at the end of three.

Presbyterian 14, Gardner Webb 7: Darrell Bridges rushed 24 times for 135 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown and DaRon Dickey blocked a field-goal attempt and Ed Britt returned it 80 yards for another score for visiting Presbyterian.

Demarcus Rouse added 42 more yards on the ground for the Blue Hose (6-5, 3-2 Big South), who outrushed Gardner-Webb 181-37.

Heys McMath threw for 104 yards and two interceptions, two of the four turnovers committed by Presbyterian.

Gardner-Webb (4-7, 0-4) had an opportunity to tie the game in the final 2 minutes, but Lucas Beatty’s pass was intercepted by Cory White at the 4-yard line.

Beatty finished 15 for 29 with 166 yards and one touchdown in addition to the fourth-quarter pick. Kenny Cook caught five balls for 24 yards and a touchdown for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

Samford 20, The Citadel 17: Denzel Williams ran for a touchdown in the final seconds for visiting Samford.

Williams ran for 88 yards on 19 carries. His 2-yard scoring run with 17 seconds remaining came with Samford trailing, 17-13. Michael Eubank threw for 228 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (7-3, 5-2 Southern Conference).

Eubank found Tony Philpot on a 31-yard scoring strike to give Samford a 7-0 lead that would take them into the break.

The Citadel (4-7, 2-4) scored late in the third quarter on a short run by quarterback Aaron Miller, and Erik Goins kicked a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth to put them up 10-7.

Samford’s Krondis Larry scored on a 14-yard run with 8:39 left in the fourth and the Bulldogs led 13-10. Miller put The Citadel back up, 17-13, on a short TD run with 1:47 to play before Williams’ winning score.

Morgan State 24, S.C. State 21: Moses Skillon passed for 289 yards and two touchdowns and ran for the winning score with 58 seconds left for host Morgan State in Baltimore.

Skillon directed an 8-play, 46-yard drive, starting with 3:06 to play, as the Bears (6-5, 5-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ended a nine-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (7-4, 5-2). The key play was a 14-yard run by Herb Walker Jr., on fourth-and-3 from the 39.

A sack by Christopher Robinson forced a fumble that was recovered by Joel Scott to seal the win.

Morgan State took a 17-14 lead on Skillon’s 18-yard pass to Ladarius Spearman early in the fourth quarter but Antonio Hamilton returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards. Skillon, who completed 25 of 43, had a 55-yard connection with Andrew King to give the Bears at 10-7 lead at the half.

Western Carolina 42, VMI 27: Troy Mitchell threw a career-high five touchdowns and ran in a sixth from 55 yards out to lead host Western Carolina.

Mitchell finished with 339 yards and an interception on 32-for-42 passing and added another 109 yards on the ground with 12 carries. Karnorris Benson hauled in four of the touchdown passes and Tyler Sexton grabbed the fifth for the Catamounts (7-4, 5-2 Southern Conference), who secured their first winning season since 2005 with the victory.

Darius Ramsey had 128 yards on 19 carries, while Benson and Terryon Robinson finished with 127 yards apiece on eight and 12 catches, respectively.

The Keydets (2-9, 1-5) were trailing 21-0 in the second quarter before getting their first score, a 9-yard TD run by Deon Watts. Al Cobb led VMI with 321 yards on 19-for-45 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Furman 31, Wofford 14: P.J. Blazejowski had 305 yards on a perfect 15-of-15 passing, threw two touchdown passes and ran for a third for host Furman.

Furman (3-8, 2-4 Southern) pushed in front on Blazejowski’s 1-yard score to make it 17-14 at halftime. They opened the second half with a 9-play, 77-yard drive capped by Hank McCloud’s 1-yard rushing touchdown.

Blazejowski put the game away with a 59-yard strike to Andrej Suttles with 4:55 left, his 15th straight and final completion. He also connected with Jordan Snellings on a 61-yard score on the Paladins’ game-opening drive.

Snellings had 118 yards on four receptions and Suttles had 103 on three. McCloud finished with 59 yards on 15 carries. Ray Smith paced Wofford (5-5, 3-3), rushing 15 times for 130 yards. Lorenzo Long had 55 yards rushing along with two scores that pushed the Terriers ahead in the second quarter.

Appalachian State 37, Arkansas State 32: With its fourth-straight victory, Appalachian State evened its record at 5-5, 4-2 Sun Belt.

Mountaineers sophomore Marcus Cox rushed for 229 yards on 40 carries (5.7 avg.) for the visitors. The 200-yard game was his second in the past three games and third of his career.

Carson-Newman 27, Wingate 7: The host Eagles (7-3, 5-2 South Atlantic) compiled 421 yards and snapped a two-game home losing streak to the Bulldogs (6-5, 3-4).

Virginia State 21, Winston-Salem State 17: Virginia State took a 14-0 lead in the CIAA championship game on two fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns by Dontrell Jones (62 yards) and Elder Hudson (goal line).

North Greenville 34, Newberry 14: The host Crusaders won behind two touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown from Nelson Hughes.