BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Lucas Beatty threw for a touchdown, and Jordan Day nailed three field goals as Gardner-Webb defeated Charleston Southern 27-10 Saturday.
Beatty was 20-of-33 for 134 yards. Day hit a field goal from 34 yards and two from 26 yards. Kenny Cook caught Beatty’s lone touchdown pass, a 4-yarder, to cap a 12-play, 86-yard drive in the second quarter. The Runnin’ Bulldogs (6-5, 1-3 Big South) scored 20 unanswered points in the first half.
Charleston Southern (10-2, 3-1) scored early in the third when Elijah Lee intercepted a Beatty pass and returned it 17 yards for a Buccaneers touchdown. But Gardner-Webb’s J.J. Hubbard answered with a TD on the following possession on an 87-yard kickoff return. Mark Deboy kicked a 22-yard field goal for the Buccaneers.
The loss was the second of the season for the Buccaneers, who are in second place in the Big South.
THE CITADEL 31, VMI 10
At Charleston, Ben Dupree rushed for 109 yards and three touchdowns to drive The Citadel past VMI.
Dupree got help from Dalton Trevino, who punched in the final touchdown on an 8-yard run, and from Thomas Warren, who kicked a 34-yard field goal. The Bulldogs (5-6) put the game away with 24 unanswered points, 21 of which came in the fourth quarter.
The Keydets (2-9) carried the first quarter, with Dillon Christopher hitting a 38-yard field goal and James Rogers hauling in a 27-yard TD pass from A.J. Augustine. But Dillon missed two field goal attempts, and VMI was held scoreless the rest of the game.
The matchup, dubbed the Military Classic of the South, gives the Bulldogs another year as keeper of the Silver Shako trophy, which it’s held since 2003.
APPALACHIAN STATE 33, WOFFORD 21
At Spartanburg, Marcus Cox rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns — all after halftime — as Appalachian State came from behind to defeat Wofford, eliminating the Terriers from a share of the conference championship.
Trailing 14-10 after two quarters, the Mountaineers (3-8, 3-4 Southern) scored on their first four possessions after halftime, holding Wofford to two three-and-outs and a fumble.
Cox started the comeback with a TD from the 1, boosting Appalachian State into the lead 17-14. After a Wofford fumble at the 17, Cox scored again from the 3 and capped his scoring by carrying the ball 10 times on a 15-play drive to make the score 33-14 with 5:36 to play. Drew Stewart added a 30-yard field goal.
Wofford (5-5, 4-3), with one game remaining, can’t catch conference leaders Chattanooga and Samford.
With seven catches, Andrew Peacock becomes Appalachian State’s all-time receiving leader.
NEWBERRY 55, NORTH GREENVILLE 21
At Newberry, the Wolves jumped to a 24-0 lead in the first half and never looked back in the regular-season finale at Setzler Field.
Newberry completes the regular season at 9-2 overall and awaits word on its status for the NCAA Division II playoffs. The playoff field will be announced at 5 p.m. Sunday. North Greenville wraps its season at 5-6.
The Wolves’ offense racked up 570 yards and 31 first downs on 84 plays. The yardage was well balanced, with 283 yards on the ground and 287 yards through the air. The game marked the first time the Wolves had more than 30 first downs since a double-overtime game at Catawba in 2005.
COASTAL CAROLINA 46, PRESBYTERIAN 13
At Conway, Lorenzo Taliaferro rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns as Coastal Carolina defeated Presbyterian.
Coastal Carolina (10-1, 4-1 Big South) rushed for 410 yards. Brian Kass had 68 yards on seven carries, and Travis Small had 61 and a score. Matt Hazel caught seven balls for 119 yards and became the school’s career receptions leader.
Tobi Antigha scored two touchdowns, including a school-record 87-yard catch, for Presbyterian (3-7, 1-3). It was one of two Heys McMath passing TDs on the day. The Blue Hose were outgained 642 to 293.
With Charleston Southern’s loss, the Chanticleers hold a share of the Big South championship. It’s the second time in the program’s 11 years of existence that Coastal Carolina has had 10 wins.
FURMAN 32, WESTERN CAROLINA 20
At Cullowhee, N.C., Ray Early kicked six field goals to help Furman defeat Western Carolina.
Early hit from 48 yards — his longest of the day — on the opening Furman drive and would kick three more for a 12-0 lead that held until midway through the second quarter.
Quarterback Reese Hannon threw 17 of 31 for 144 yards. Richard Hayes led the ground game for the Paladins (6-5, 5-2 Southern) with 144 yards on 12 carries.
The Catamounts (2-9, 1-6) scored in the second quarter on a 1-yard Darius Ramsey rush to put the halftime score at 12-7.
The Paladins came out of the break to score another two TDs in the third, a 3-yard rush by Ernie Cain and a 60-yard run by Hayes, to put the game out of reach of the Catamounts.
Two more Early field goals in the fourth sealed the Furman win.