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CSN So South: Late-Game Heroics Stand Out in Week Five

floated rightby Myron Hosea, CSN So South Columnist

On a weekend of games with mostly lopsided margins, two contests generated plenty of thrills and outstanding last-minute plays.


One produced a signature victory the Big South Conference has been seeking. The conference, needing to build its resume for any potential at-large playoff berths during the next few years, gratefully watched Liberty pull out a victory at Youngstown State. The Flames overcame a 14-point deficit, then surrendered a 14-point advantage, before winning as time expired.

Meanwhile, in a battle of teams that seem to play better when trailing, Georgia Southern once again rallied in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime at home against Wofford. The Terriers hung on, though, picking up a key victory and dropping the Eagles to a tough 0-2 SoCon record.

Liberty 31, Youngstown State 28
For much of their key contest at Youngstown State, the Flames relied on the feet of standout runningback Rashad Jennings. At the end, they counted on the right foot of a freshman kicker.

Matt Bevins, the Big South Freshman of the Week, booted a 24-yard field goal as time expired to provide the winning points in Liberty’s victory. The Flames’ euphoria after the triumph stood in contrast to rough moments for the team at the beginning and end of regulation.

The Penguins began the game appearing ready to send the upstart team from the Big South back to Virginia with a loss. They took the opening kickoff and drove 77 yards in 13 plays in 7:22 for a 7-0 lead. Quarterback Brandon Summers hit Dominique Barnes on a seven-yard touchdown pass for the score. Summers’ 18-yard run early in the second quarter gave the home team a 14-0 lead. At that point, Liberty had thrown an interception and punted on its two possessions.

Finally, the Flames got going behind Jennings (Big South Offensive Player of the Week), who rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns. His 17-yard run on third-and-two set up Zach Terrell’s three-yard run for Liberty’s first touchdown. Later in the second quarter, Jennings ripped off a 55-yard run and eventually scored from the two. The game was tied at 14 at halftime. Flames defensive back Chuck Duffy protected the tie by intercepting Summers at the Liberty five just before the end of the half.

In the third quarter, Terrell completed a 51-yard pass to wide receiver Dominic Bolden, keying a 95-yard scoring drive. Jennings finished the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. Youngstown could not move and punted. Bolden returned that punt 52 yards to the Penguin six. Jennings took it in from there to give the Flames a 28-14 lead.

Youngstown State used two Liberty turnovers to tie the game in the fourth. First, the Penguins recovered a fumble at midfield. Summers threw to Donald Jones for a four-yard touchdown pass. Then, looking to run out the clock and/or score again, the Flames turned the ball over when the Penguins intercepted Brock Smith. They drove 64 yards with Summers tossing his third touchdown pass to tie the score at 28.

The ensuing kickoff went out of bounds, setting Liberty up at its 40-yard line. The Flames worked the ball to the Youngstown State seven before Bevins’ winning kick.

Key Stats
Liberty linebacker Nick Hursky (Big South Defensive Player of the Week) was credited with 13 tackles and a sack. … While Summers threw for 334 yards, the Liberty defense did pick him once and sack him three times. … The teams combined for 881 total yards.

Liberty head coach Danny Rocco: “What a great football game. Two good football teams. Biggest difference tonight was Rashad Jennings. Rashad just had his mind made up he was going to take this game under control. He did it, and we’re excited about the outcome.”

Rocco: “It’s a huge win. A statement. It validates our program. We came up here with one goal, and that was to win the football game.”

Wofford 38, Georgia Southern 37, Overtime
Overtime thrillers are becoming commonplace at Paulson Stadium, though after the last two weeks, the home-standing Eagles would just as soon not see one for a while. For the second straight game, the Eagles dropped a key Southern Conference game at home in overtime, this time falling to Wofford after rallying from a 17-point deficit.

Give kudos to Eagles’ coach Chris Hatcher for going for the victory in the first overtime. The Terriers got the ball first in overtime. Quarterback Ben Widmyer scored on a one-yard run. Patrick Mugan added the point after for a 38-31 lead. Georgia Southern answered in one play when Adam Urbano ran 25 yards for the score. Instead of reaching for a tie and another extra frame, the Eagles went for two and the victory, but the pass failed.

Eagle turnovers enabled Wofford to take an early lead. After recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff, the Terriers drove 41 yards with Dane Romero scoring from the seven. Wofford linebacker Seth Goldwire (SoCon Defensive Player of the Week) intercepted Georgia Southern’s pass on its first play from scrimmage and returned it 35 yards for a touchdown. Wofford led 14-0 early in the game.

Eagles quarterback Lee Chapple threw two touchdown passes to keep his team in the game in the first half. One went to Tim Camp for 35 yards, the other to Demarcus Watts (SoCon Freshman of the Week) for 58. The second touchdown cut Wofford’s lead to 17-14 with 8:09 remaining before halftime. Romero added two more rushing touchdowns, however, to put the Terriers up 31-14 at the half.

Dakota Walker’s 78-yard return of a fumble in the third quarter gave the Eagles life. Georgia Southern’s other quarterback, Antonio Henton, scored on a one-yard run with 9:36 left to trim Wofford’s lead to 31-28.

Later, Wofford mounted a 10-play, 80-yard drive. The Terriers had three shots from the one but failed to score. The Eagles then went on a long drive of their own, converting on third down twice and fourth down once. They covered 89 yards in 18 plays to set up Adrian Mora’s 25-yard field goal with six seconds left to force overtime.

Key Stats
Each team used two quarterbacks. Wofford’s Widmyer (four of seven for 74 yards and 34 yards rushing) and Mitch Allen (63 on the ground, 127 in the air on eight of ten passing) combined for 298 yards. Their counterparts Chapple (15 of 22 passing for 202 yards and 14 rushing) and Henton (56 passing, 61 rushing) totaled 333. … Watts finished with 119 yards receiving. … Terriers Fenn Allen and Andy Strickland caught five passes apiece for 98 and 89 yards, respectively. … Georgia Southern defenders Chris Covington and Quentin Taylor were credited with 19 and 18 tackles, respectively.

Wofford coach Mike Ayers: “It was a wild game. We could have put it away much, much earlier, but to their credit they fought. When you let a team as athletic as them hang around, they are going to cause problems. I think a game like this is a game that we need, and we are going to grow from it.”

Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher: “I’m disappointed we got beat. We played hard. We had a chance there to get beat bad with a couple of costly mistakes early. What a goal-line stand there in the fourth quarter, and then what an awesome 89-yard drive to get it off our one-foot line to tie the game. … Then at the end I thought I had a good call for the two-point conversion.”

What a Great Week

Liberty – The Flames finally earned a breakthrough victory for the school and the Big South. Let’s see whether this generates confidence or a dip in play as they begin conference action.

Wait till Next Week

Gardner-Webb – The Runnin’ Bulldogs had an opportunity to test themselves against future pro quarterback Rhett Bomar and a team from an auto qualifier conference. It didn’t go so well. Now, Gardner-Webb has to regroup for its conference opener, which is on the road against another team that likes to pass, Charleston Southern.

So South Games

Appalachian State 48, Presbyterian 14

The Mountaineers broke open a tight game with an offensive outburst to roll past Presbyterian College Saturday night in Boone.

Runningback Devin Radford (SoCon Offensive Player of the Week), who transferred to Appalachian State this summer, scored three touchdowns and rushed for 179 yards. Aramanti Edwards reached a season high in passing, and his backup DeAndre Presley scored twice in the second half to pace the effort.

When PC quarterback Tim Webb hit Terrance Butler for a 31-yard touchdown pass in the last minute of the first half, the underdog Blue Hose trailed only 17-14 at intermission.

But after Jason Vitaris’ second field goal, the Mountaineers got rolling. They scored three touchdowns in less than seven minutes of play in third and fourth quarters. Radford accounted for two of them – a two-yard scoring run and a one-yard scoring run. Radford had caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Edwards in the first half.

Presley added the third touchdown of that spurt on a five-yard run. He later scored on a three-yard run.

Key Stats
Appalachian outrushed PC 419 to 57. … The Blue Hose did pass for 372 yards. … The Mountaineers added 278 yards through the air. … Cortez Gilbert snagged two of the four interceptions the Mountaineers made. … Jacque Roman had one of the interceptions and made 12 tackles.

Elsewhere around the Big South

Sam Houston State 49, Gardner-Webb 33

If Bearkat quarterback Rhett Bomar and his receivers felt any rust from having played in only two games this season, they didn’t show it at Spangler Stadium on the Gardner-Webb campus Saturday night. Bomar, the one-time Oklahoma quarterback, and his cadre of receivers carved up the heretofore stingy Bulldogs defense with expert precision, rolling to a 49-10 lead just a minute and a half into the third period.

Bomar completed 21 of 27 passes for 323 yards and five touchdowns in the first two quarters. He would play only one series in the second half, finishing with 340 yards. Bomar raced 14 yards for the last Sam Houston State score, which came with 13:28 left in the third quarter. Runningback James Aston caught two of the scoring passes and ran for one more.

Gardner-Webb threatened to make the game a shootout early. After the Bearkats scored on the opening possession, the Bulldogs moved 71 yards in six plays. Wide receiver Dobson Collins made the key play, a 36-yard run on a reverse. Brandon Jackson finished the drive with a two-yard touchdown run to tie the score.

Soon, the Bulldogs could not match the Sam Houston State offensive machine, which scored a touchdown on each of its first five possessions and seven of the first eight overall. Freshman kicker Ryan Gates (Big South Special Teams Player of the Week) did most of Gardner-Webb’s scoring, hitting four field goals, including three in the second half. With the Bearkats playing most of their bench, the Bulldogs posted two late touchdowns.

Key Stats
Once again, proof that total plays and time of possession are interesting stats only in certain games. Gardner-Webb ran 20 more plays that its visitors from Texas. … Aston and wide receivers Justin Wells and Catron Houston snagged five passes apiece. … Playing from behind, the Bulldogs had to throw the ball 48 times, completing 29. … Sam Houston’s defense sacked Gardner-Webb quarterbacks six times.

Hofstra 43, Stony Brook 3 (last Friday)
Hofstra buried Stony Brook under the weight of three second-quarter touchdowns to roll to victory Friday night at Stony Brook.

Leading 10-0 after one quarter, the Pride started the run with Leslie Jackman’s 60-yard return of a fumble with 14:08 left in the first half. Brock Jackolski’s three-yard touchdown run and Cory Christopher’s 30-yard scoring pass to Anthony Nelson ran the score to 31-0 with 4:06 remaining in the second quarter. Luke Gaddis finally got the Seawolves on the board with a 28-yard field with 1:05 to go before halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, Hofstra intercepted a pass at the Stony Brook 28. That set up another touchdown. The Pride would tack on one more score in the final quarter.

The Seawolves advanced into Hofstra territory three times in the third quarter, but those drives ended on downs, with two punts. Their final drive ended on downs at the Hofstra 15.

Key Stats
Stony Brook surrendered just 316 yards but gained only 211 … Stony Brook’s Conte Cuttino and Edwin Gowins did get the running game going a little. Cutttino rushed for 75 yards and Gowins 63. … Dwayne Eley caught six passes for 69 yards for the Seawolves.

Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore: “It was the perfect storm. I am certainly not pleased with the outcome of the game. I told the team before the game that I truly believed we were prepared to play. Things did not go our way, but I was proud of the way we kept after it. We will get better; that is our job as a coaching staff and as a team.”

Ohio 51, VMI 31
VMI quarterback Tim Maypray had just scored from the one, giving the home crowd reason to be squeamish as Ohio led just 34-31 with 9:23 left in the third quarter. L. J. Flintall of the Bobcats would settle everyone down moments later, though, by returning the kickoff 97 yards and starting a 17-point run for Ohio as it defeated VMI.

The Keydets stayed grounded to stretch the previously winless Bobcats Saturday afternoon. The teams changed leads five times, including four in the first quarter, and the game was tied twice. The scores often came on big plays, including that touchdown return. Ohio scored on a 43-yard pass, a 67-yard run, and a 37-yard pass as well as a nine-yard return of a VMI fumble. The Keydets produced touchdowns on a 36-yard pass and a 46-yard pass. Both teams generally made quick work of their touchdown drives. Of the eight offensive possessions that ended in a touchdown, six consumed five plays or less. Three had just two plays, another just one.

Key Stats
Maypray rushed for 130 yards; fullback Howard Abegesah added 88. … Maypray and fellow quarterback Kyle Hughes completed just three passes but they covered 97 yards and two went for touchdowns. … The teams combined for 1,011 yards of total offense.

VMI coach Sparky Woods: “I thought we did some good things offensively, but we’ve still got too many times where we don’t play good on back-to-back downs on defense, and we still have huge errors in the kicking game. Good teams take advantage of that, and Ohio did today.”

Woods: “I think that we’re going to see a lot of really good things that we did. We moved the ball against what I think is a pretty stubborn defense. Then we got down there and kicked most of our field goals.”

Charleston Southern 27, North Greenville 0
It really is good to be home. Finally playing in its own friendly confines, Charleston Southern notched its first victory of the season by defeating North Greenville University.

After a scoreless opening quarter, the Bucs began their scoring with John Paglia’s 44-yard field with 12:43 to go in the second. Paglia would boot a 26-yard field goal just before halftime. Quarterback Tribble Reese teamed with Clayton Coffman on a three-yard touchdown pass that helped Charleston Southern post a 13-0 lead at intermission.

Charleston Southern added two touchdowns in the third quarter to complete the game’s scoring. Gerald Stevenson scored on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Reese. Antwan Ivey scored the other touchdown on a four-yard run.

The Bucs’ defense clamped down on the Crusaders all afternoon. They held the visitors to just 32 yards rushing on 26 carries and allowed only 88 yards passing. North Greenville went three-and-out five times and had two other possessions of just four plays. The Crusaders did threaten in the second quarter, but Philip Ashley intercepted a pass on the two and returned it 75 yards, setting up Paglia’s second field goal.

Key Stats
Reese completed 17 of 27 passes for 216 yards. … Ivey led CSU with 70 yards on the ground. …. Stevenson and Alex Neal caught four passes apiece.

Coastal Carolina 20, North Carolina A&T 7
Coastal Carolina won its third straight game, turning in another strong defensive performance in a road victory over North Carolina A&T.

Quarterback William Richardson posted both Chanticleer touchdowns. His first came with 5:25 left in the first quarter on a one-yard run. Keon Cunningham set up that score with a 33-yard return of an interception that an A&T penalty moved to the eight-yard line. Richardson’s other score, a 22-yard run with 5:22 remaining, capped an 80-yard drive that iced the game for Coastal.

Justin Durham accounted for CCU’s other points on field goals of 31 and 22 yards. The Aggies’ lone score came in the third quarter when Jamison Hedgepath intercepted in the end zone.

Key Stats
The Chanticleer defense allowed 77 yards rushing, 69 passing. … CCU did much of its damage on the ground, collecting 243 yards. … Arthur Sitton led the rushing effort with 77 yards. Jamie Fordham added 69, Richardson 44. … Coastal defenders sacked A&T’s quarterback seven times for 54 yards.

Other SoCon Games

The Citadel 34, Western Carolina 14

The Bulldogs followed a record-breaking performance by junior wide receiver Andre Roberts and a strong defensive effort to win the conference opener.

Roberts caught 10 passes for 135 yards and gained 192 all-purpose yards. He got The Citadel started by catching a 27-yard touchdown pass from Bart Blanchard with 9:22 left in the opening quarter. Roberts broke the record for career receptions of 133 and now has 139.

The Bulldogs opened the game up with 17 second-quarter points. Ricky Anderson scored on a five-yard run, and Blanchard ran 15 yards for another score. Sam Keeler kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired in the half. Blanchard added a nine-yard scoring run in the third while Keeler booted another field goal in the fourth quarter.

Western Carolina scored twice in the second half. Quarterback Andy Horn hooked up with Adam Hearns for an eight-yard touchdown pass. The other score came on a 10-yard pass from Zack Jaynes to Nate Harris. Western’s first eight possessions ended in six punts, a fumble lost, and once on downs.

Key Stats
The Catamounts managed just 207 yards of total offense while the Bulldogs gained 541. …Blanchard threw for 265 yards and ran for 85. … Citadel runningback Asheton Jordan ran for 110 yards on 18 carries. … Hearns caught seven passes for the Catamounts. … Kevin McCaskill paced Citadel’s defense with seven tackles, including two sacks.

The Citadel coach Kevin Higgins: “We talked all week about getting off to a fast start. We didn’t think that we did that last week. I am so excited about how our guys handle themselves. It was a great way how we started off 24-0. Defense did a great job of shutting them down. We had some big hits on the field. Our offense made a couple of mistakes, but we moved the ball and played with emotion.”

Western Carolina coach Dennis Wagner: “There is a lot from today that we need to work on. We had no consistency from our offense, poor reads by our quarterback and receivers dropped passes. Defensively, we only played in spurts. We did not have the performance today to be able to win games in the Southern Conference.”

Elon 23, Samford 17
For the second consecutive week, kicker Andrew Wilcox’s foot provided the winning margin for Elon as the Phoenix handed Samford a loss in its first SoCon game.

With the score tied 17-17, Wilcox (SoCon Special Teams Player of the Week) kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2:02 remaining in the third period. He added a 45-yarder with 4:59 left in the game for the final score of 23-17.

Wilcox’s first field goal of the day – a 27-yard kick – represented the only points of the first quarter. Samford took its only lead three-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter when Dustin Taliaferro threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Lowery.

Elon answered a short time later when Lance Camp caught a six-yard scoring pass from quarterback Scott Riddle. A.J. Harris combined with Riddle with 1:48 to go in the half on a 91-yard scoring pass. Samford’s J.P. Fraites kicked a 33-yard field goal just before the half, and Elon led 17-10.

The Bulldogs tied the game with 11:31 to go in the third quarter when runningback Chris Evans scored on a two-yard run.

Key Stats
Evans rushed for 118 yards. … Elon’s Brandon Newsome ran for 97 yards. … Riddle completed 18 of 33 for 291 yards and a pair of scores but threw three interceptions. …Samford’s Bryce Smith made 13 tackles and had one interception. … Walker White was credited with 14 tackles. … His teammate, Terell Wilson, made nine tackles, a sack, forced a fumble, and returned an interception 68 yards.

Elon coach Pete Lembo: “I never really felt like we got in sync. It seemed like it was two steps forward and one step back. The turnovers and some of the dropped balls and those things were frustrating. It seemed like everybody took their turn making a miscue or losing focus. It was just one of those days.”

Furman 35, Chattanooga 10
Furman uses three tight ends, and each one played a role in the Paladins capturing the SoCon opener over Chattanooga.

Leading 14-3 at intermission, Furman quarterback Jordan Sorrells looked to those tight ends for three second-half scores. First, he connected with Chris Truss on a 69-yard touchdown pass less than a minute into the third quarter. Late in the quarter, Sorrells passed 19 yards to Larry Hedden for a touchdown. The third tight end score occurred when Sorrells threw five yards to Seth Skogen for a touchdown.

Chattanooga got a 33-yard field goal from Craig Camay in the second quarter and a three-yard touchdown run by Erroll Wynn in the fourth, but not much else. Furman’s defense held the Mocs to 254 total yards.

Key Stats
Truss caught three passes for 158 yards. … Three Furman backs each rushed for 42 yards or more. … Combined, the two teams missed three field goals. … The Paladins sacked Chattanooga quarterbacks four times. … Furman cornerback William Middleton was in on nine tackles, an interception, a pass break-up and one QB sack.

Furman coach Bobby Lamb: “We’re very pleased to win the ball game and get off to a good start in conference play. Our defense was solid all game and didn’t give up any big plays. They really stepped up for us in the first half when we were struggling a bit offensively, and the blocked punt was really key for us. We also got the running game going in the second half.”

Chattanooga coach Rodney Allison: “We’re obviously disappointed with the loss. Furman’s a good football team, but we turned them loose in man coverage, and they connected on two long passing plays. Those were two really big plays in the game. We can’t afford to do that against anybody, especially against a team like Furman.”

Games of Oct. 4 (All Times Are Eastern)

Big South Games

Gardner-Webb (2-2) at Charleston Southern (1-3), 1:30 p.m.

Both teams could argue that it all begins here. Any disappointments of the first four games can be dropped into a box and shoved into a closet. It’s conference play now, and both teams desire a good start. Last year, the Dogs and the Bucs swapped leads, but Gardner-Webb had it last to triumph. The Bulldogs’ defense will seek to heal its psyche after getting hit by Rhett Bomar lasers. Charleston Southern hopes to exploit any weaknesses in the Bulldogs secondary.
Series: Gardner-Webb leads 6-2.

#6 Richmond (3-2) at VMI (2-2), 1:30 p.m.
The VMI infantry continues to capture huge chunks of football fields with its running game, but it hasn’t shown enough ability to stop opponents. This week, the Keydets host a Richmond team reeling from a fall from the top spot in the FCS. VMI has not defeated Richmond since 1996.
Series: VMI leads 40-39-5

North Greenville (1-4) at Presbyterian (1-4), 2 p.m.
North Greenville University, a Division II independent just minutes from Furman University, is not far from a full Big South schedule. The Crusaders already have lost to Liberty and Charleston Southern and now play at Presbyterian. The Blue Hose likely are glad to play outside the Southern Conference, having dropped four games to SoCon teams. Despite the appearance of the score, last year’s meeting between these two schools was a football game, not a basketball game. PC won the 2007 meeting 66-52.
Series: Presbyterian leads 3-0.

#20 Liberty (4-0) at Coastal Carolina (3-2), 7 p.m.
Forget that big victory at Youngstown State. While the conference is happy for the triumph, it’s time for Big South brethren to battle one another for the league crown. So the conference’s preseason No. 1 and No. 2 square off in the Grand Strand. Coastal Carolina has won three in a row, primarily behind a stout defense. Liberty has won nine straight, primarily by just being stout. The Chanticleers have allowed just 41 offensive points in its last six games against FCS teams.
Series: Coastal Carolina leads 3-2.

Not playing this week: Stony Brook (1-4)

SoCon Games

This week’s SoCon schedule features two games matching teams in The Sports Network Top 25.

Samford (2-2, 0-1) at Western Carolina (2-3, 0-1), 1 p.m.
These teams already have a mark on the wrong side of the ledger in the SoCon, so this game is big. Both were picked for the bottom third of the SoCon in preseason, and rising above those expectations requires a victory here. The Bulldogs might try to exploit the running game as they average 210 yards a game while the Catamounts allow 200. It might be the reverse for Western, which passes for 207 a game and will face a Samford defense yielding 216 through the air.
Series: Samford leads 4-1.

#15 Furman (4-1, 1-0) at #7 Elon (4-1, 2-0), 1:30 p.m.
Last season, these teams engaged in a high-scoring contest that Furman won 52-49. Saturday’s game features the SoCon’s top two passers (Elon’s Scott Riddle is one, Furman’s Jordan Sorrells is two). Defense might decide this game, however, as Furman and Elon are No. 1 and 3, respectively, in the conference in scoring defense.
Series: Furman leads 10-1.

#12 The Citadel (3-1, 1-0) at #2 Appalachian State (2-2, 0-0), 3 p.m.
The Citadel has been impressing pollsters despite its youthfulness at several key positions. That youth will be tested on the road this week against the Mountaineers, who are the last SoCon team to play a conference game. Appalachian State has dominated this series of late, winning 13 of the last 14. The Bulldogs have not won at Boone since posting a 25-0 victory there in 1992. There could be a lot of scoring in this one. Appalachian State leads the league in scoring (37.2 per game) while The Citadel is second (35.5).
Series: Appalachian State leads 25-11.

Georgia Southern (2-3, 0-2) at Chattanooga (1-4, 0-1), 6 p.m.
Chattanooga has registered only three career victories against Georgia Southern, but two have come the last two seasons. Last year, the Mocs went to Statesboro and beat the Eagles in overtime. Oh, there’s that word again. Georgia Southern has played three straight overtime games, losing two – both in the conference. Neither team can afford another conference loss if it expects to have any push toward the upper levels. It would be especially tough for the Eagles to go to 0-3.
Series: Georgia Southern leads 18-3.

Idle this week: Wofford (3-1, 1-0)

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News and Notes

* Before the 2007 season, kicker Barrett Way transferred from VMI to Ohio. Saturday, against his former team, Way kicked three field goals and converted all six of his extra-point attempts.

* VMI quarterback Tim Maypray, a junior who spent his first two seasons as a receiver or slotback, reached 1,000 yards rushing for his career during Saturday’s game at Ohio.

* So South teams have done well rushing this season. Four of the 16 teams in the region are in the top 10 in the FCS in rushing. VMI is first (384), Wofford second (329.5), Appalachian State third (282), and Liberty ninth (230.5). Appalachian State, VMI and Wofford are fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, in total offense. Elon is eighth in passing offense (295).

* Gardner-Webb ranks fourth nationally against the run, allowing 47.8 per game.