STATE ROUND UP: Wolfpack holds off Tigers
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Jordan Reid threw for three touchdowns, Andre Clarke ran for two and North Carolina State outlasted Savannah State 45-33 in an offensive shootout Saturday night.
Reid was 22 of 34 for 241 yards of the total 545 yards for the Eagles (2-2, 1-0 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), while Clarke ran 12 times for 117 yards. Savannah State (0-3, 0-1) amassed 428 offensive yards.
The Tigers — infamous for being Las Vegas odds-makers' first 70-point underdog (at FSU on Sept. 8) and losers of their first two games by a combined score of 139-0 — scored their first points of the season in taking a 14-3 lead.
The Tigers were up 14-10 at halftime, but couldn't stop Reid in the second half. He threw TD passes of 30 and 20 yards to Marvin Poole, and a 26-yarder to Decona Roberts, helping his squad to a 45-20 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
Duke 38, Memphis 14
DURHAM — Here's how far Duke has come: For a long while, the Blue Devils weren't anywhere near their best — yet they were still good enough to blow another team out.
Duke routed Memphis 38-14 on Saturday night behind 314 yards passing and four touchdowns from Sean Renfree.
Renfree was 26 of 37 with TDs covering 37 and 31 yards to Conner Vernon, 16 yards to Desmond Scott and 8 yards to Brandon Connette for the Blue Devils (3-1), who outgained the Tigers 500-152 and are off to their best start since 2008.
Wake Forest 49, Army 37
WINSTON-SALEM — Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe didn't think the Demon Deacons could beat Army by just relying on the arm of quarterback Tanner Price.
Instead, it took a little help from Wake Forest's running backs and defense.
The Demon Deacons played their best offensive game in three years, and the defense stepped up with a key fourth-quarter stop to beat the Black Knights 49-37 on Saturday.
Josh Harris rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Deandre Martin added 115 yards and two TDs with all four scores coming in the second half to help Wake Forest (3-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcome a two-point halftime deficit.
Michael Campanaro scored a career-best three touchdowns and amassed 196 all-purpose yards, and Tanner Price threw for 221 yards and two TDs for the Demon Deacons, whose 517 total yards was their biggest offensive game since accumulating 555 yards in a loss to Miami in 2009.
Georgia Southern 26, Elon 23
STATESBORO, Ga. — Ezayi Youyoute ran for 106 yards and added 66 through the air as Georgia Southern rallied to beat Elon 26-23 on Saturday night.
There were four lead changes before Elon (2-2, 0-1 Southern Conference) jumped ahead 20-16 late in the third quarter. Dominique Swope's 2-yard touchdown put Georgia Southern back on top but the Phoenix managed to tie the game 23-all behind a 33-yard field goal from Adam Shreiner.
Georgia Southern's defense stiffened, however, holding Elon to just one first down in the fourth quarter.
The Eagles (2-1, 1-1) took the lead for good on Alex Hanks' 32-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 40 seconds left to play.
Elon had the chance to rally, but Darius Eubanks intercepted Thomas Wilson's pass to put the game away.
The Eagles' option offense, which amassed 342 rushing yards, has rushed for 300 or more yards in six of its last seven games.
Samford 25, Western Carolina 21
CULLOWHEE — Fabian Truss ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns to rally Samford past Southern Conference foe Western Carolina 25-21 Saturday.
After both teams struggled in the first half, Truss carried three times for 68 yards for the Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0) on their first possession of the third quarter, finishing the drive with a 25-yard touchdown run for a 7-7 tie. Cameron Yaw's field goal made it 10-7.
Western Carolina (1-3, 0-2) regained the lead, 21-10, entering the fourth quarter on two Eddie Sullivan touchdown passes, 14 yards to Conner Orr and 8 yards to Jacoby Mitchell.
Andy Summerlin found Riley Hawkins for a 20-yard Samford touchdown and Kelvin Clay for a two-point conversion to make it 21-18 early in the fourth quarter, and Truss provided the go-ahead score from 1 yard out with 5 minutes left.
Yaw's extra point gave him 257 career points, breaking Michael O'Neal's 20-year school record.
Pittsburgh 55, Gardner-Webb 10
PITTSBURGH — Tino Sunseri passed for 344 yards and three touchdowns to lead Pittsburgh past overmatched Gardner-Webb 55-10 on Saturday.
Mike Shanahan caught five passes for a career-high 144 yards and two scores for the Panthers (2-2), who shook off a slow start to crush the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-4).
Pitt coach Paul Chryst said he wasn't concerned about a letdown after the Panthers upset Virginia Tech a week ago. The Panthers let Gardner-Webb — a Football Championship Subdivision school — hang around for a quarter before pulling away behind Sunseri.
Kamar Morrison returned a Ray Graham fumble 65 yards for a Gardner-Webb touchdown late in the first half. It was one of the few bright spots for the Runnin' Bulldogs, who were outgained 626-127.
Marist 34, Davidson 21
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Chuckie Looney threw for 403 yards and four touchdowns — three to Michael Rios — to lead Marist over Davidson 34-21 Saturday in the Pioneer Football League opener for both teams.
Looney, who completed 17 of 26 passes, threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Calcagni in the first quarter. Then Looney and Rios hooked up in each of the last three quarters.
Rios scored on an 80-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, a 14-yarder in the third and a 71-yarder in the fourth for the Red Foxes (2-2). He finished with eight catches for a school-record 244 receiving yards.
For Davidson (0-3, 0-1), Jonathan Carkhuff threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns: a 25-yarder to Reese Williams in the second quarter and a 21-yarder to Garrett Diehl in the fourth. But Carkhuff was also intercepted twice.
Davidson linebacker Patrick Moynahan made 22 tackles.