Keahn Wallace backed up his pledge of a better effort against Davidson.
The J.C. Smith quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for another in the Golden Bulls 35-22 win against the cross-county rival Wildcats at McGirt Field. Wallace, who went 11-of-29 for 168 yards in a 35-7 loss at Davidson in 2011, atoned by going 22-of-42 for 368 yards as J.C. Smith improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1982. In evening the series at 2-2, the Golden Bulls beat a Division I program for the first time since 1996 at S.C. State.
I just made sure we were prepared because the last time they beat us pretty bad, Wallace said. It kind of sat on me because I didnt think wed get a chance to play them again, so when we got a chance I made sure everybody was ready.
J.C. Smith was prepared. Receiver Chris Patterson had a career day with 199 yards and two scores on eight catches and tailback LeAnder Barney ran for a personal best 135 yards on 22 carries. Despite a persistent rain and soggy turf, both teams moved the ball, with the Golden Bulls rolling up a season-high 531 yards compared with Davidsons 457.
We just went out there and did what we did, Wallace said. They gave us a look weve been waiting for. (Patterson) came up big for us today from the beginning to the end. We knew they were going to come in and double Fred (Scott, J.C. Smiths top receiver).
Davidson put J.C. Smith behind for the first time this season when running back A.J. Pignone capped a seven-play, 90-yard drive with an 11-yard run for an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. But the Golden Bulls answered with 21 unanswered points to turn the tide, sparked by Wallaces 1-yard plunge sandwiched between scoring passes of 36 yards to Patterson and 35 to Independence High graduate Avius Capers. Barney proved a capable complement on the ground with 61 yards on seven carries in the second quarter to diversify the offense.
We got out early and let up a little bit and our young guys have got to continue to grind and press the pedal to the metal when we get a little momentum, Davidson coach Paul Nichols said. Smith did an outstanding job. They settled in and kept fighting and were able to seize the momentum.
Davidson rolled up 457 yards on offense, but J.C. Smith produced big plays when necessary. The Golden Bulls controlled the line of scrimmage, limiting Davidson to minus-7 yards rushing and racking up a school-record 13 sacks, including seven in the first half. Wildcats quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff (26-of-39, 464 yards, 2 TDs) broke Ryan Alexanders school record for career passing yards with 9,840 and split end William Morris caught eight passes for 193 yards and a score, but it wasnt enough.
They caught us out of position and we had adjustments to make coming out of halftime, said J.C. Smith linebacker Anthony Allen, who amassed a career-best 17 tackles. We had a couple of big plays (against us) in the secondary, but we stayed calm and finished the game.
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