BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. Gardner-Webb held Tusculum to just 6 yards rushing and kept the Pioneers out of the end zone Saturday during a 31-12 nonconference victory.
Patrick Hall ran for 98 yards and two scores on 12 carries, including a 54-yard touchdown run with 6minutes, 41seconds to play in the third quarter to pace a rushing attack that accumulated 249 yards for the Bulldogs (1-1). They gained 411 yards total.
Tusculum kicked two field goals during the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead, but Gardner-Webb marched 72 yards on 13 plays to go up 7-6 on a 2-yard run by Hall with 11:13 to play before the half. The Pioneers got another Gareth Rowlands' field goal after a Bulldogs turnover to go back up 9-7, but Philip Peoples capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard run to give Gardner-Webb a 14-9 edge at the break.
Peoples and Hall each scored during the third quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead 28-9 and put the game out of reach.
The Bulldogs' 6 yards allowed on the ground was the lowest total since the 1999 season opener at Johnson C. Smith. The effort was even more notable without injured two-time All-America linebacker Mario Brown.
WOFFORD 41, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 23: Mitch Allen ran for two touchdowns to host the host Terriers (2-0) put away the Buccaneers (0-2) in a game moved from Charleston because of Tropical Storm Hanna. Allen rushed for 135 yards on eight carries. Charleston Southern totaled 60 yards on the ground.
ELON 30, STONY BROOK 20: Scott Riddle passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns to help the Phoenix (1-1) held on for the victory at Stony Brook (1-1) in a pouring rain.
GEORGIA SOUTHERN 34, AUSTIN PEAY 20: Quarterback Antonio Henton, a sophomore who transferred from Ohio State this past summer, scored two touchdowns and passed for another during the fourth quarter to carry the host Eagles (1-1) past the Governors (0-2).
PRESBYTERIAN 38, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 28: The host Blue Hose (1-1) took the lead for good against the Broncos (1-1) on Travis Caldwell's 4-yard run with 9:44 left to cap an 18-play, 98-yard drive.
WINGATE 35, NORTH GREENVILLE 31: Nelson Woods rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown to help the Bulldogs (2-0) rally at North Greenville (0-2).
LENOIR-RHYNE 28, CONCORD (W.VA.) 10: Andrew Courman ran for two second-half touchdowns to help the host bears (2-0) score 28 unanswered points against Concord (0-2).
SAVANNAH STATE 45, LIVINGSTONE 10: Kurvin Curry threw for 217 yards and accounted for touchdowns with runs of 33 and 10 yards and passes of 79 and 21 yards with receiver Justin Babb to help the host Tigers (1-1) build a 42-0 halftime lead on the Blue Bears (0-2). Curry ran for 109 yards on 15 carries and completed 10 of 23 passes with one interception.
CHARLESTON (W.VA.) 34, SAINT AUGUSTINE'S 17: Anthony Brown carried 22 times for 118 yards and a touchdown, and he completed 15 of 26 passes for 154 yards and another score, but it wasn't enough to get St. Augustine's (1-1) the road victory against Charleston (1-1).
BETHUNE-COOKMAN 28, ALABAMA STATE 7: Brian Sumlar ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns to help the host Wildcats (1-0), who picked off three passes by Reid Herchenbach of Alabama State (0-2).
JAMES MADISON 56, N.C. CENTRAL 7: Rodney Landers scored on a 10-yard run and hit Mike Caussin for an 8-yard score during the first half as the host Dukes (1-1) rolled to a 35-0 halftime lead on the Eagles (0-2).
Stadford Brown's 33-yard pass to Wayne Blackwell accounted for N.C. Central's points.
METHODIST 32, CAMPBELL 21: Mario Miralles kicked four field goals, and Methodist's defense scored three touchdowns as the host Monarchs (1-0) jumped ahead 25-0 on the Camels (0-2).