MOREHEAD, Ky. Brandon Bornhauser ran for two touchdowns and Austin Gahafer passed for two and ran for another to lead Morehead State past Davidson 45-14 on Saturday and give Rob Tenyer his first victory as the Eagles’ head coach.
The Eagles (1-4, 1-1 Pioneer League) rushed for 253 yards. Gahafer completed 25 of 36 passes for another 238.
Morehead, with 12 starters on offense and defense who are freshmen or sophomores, had started 0-4 for first time since 2006. But the Eagles defense, which had been giving up an average of 592 yards, held the Wildcats (0-4, 0-1) to 273 in helping end the streak.
John Cook scored from 3 yards out and his conversion run gave Davidson its only lead at 8-7 in the first quarter. Morehead responded with three unanswered touchdowns, ending with Gahafer’s 17-yard score to John Cornwall, to take a 28-8 lead with 5:42 left before halftime.
William Morris had five catchers for 122 yards and Jonathan Carkhuff threw for 192 yards but the Davidson offense stalled in the second half in their first Pioneer Football League contest of the season Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.
A career-long 63-yard touchdown was one of the highlights for Morris, who led the receivers with his second consecutive game of 100 yards or more. Jeff McDaniels had three catches for 45 yards, including 22-yard reception, while Garrett Diehl caught four passes for 12 yards. Carkhuff was 17-of-33 with one touchdown on the day while being sacked four times.
Matt Casey had both a team and career-high 12 tackles and a quarterback hurry to lead the defensive effort for Davidson. Bryant Bednarek made 11 stops, while Ryan Leak was credited with seven tackles, including one tackle for loss. Rick Tkac had six tackles and a forced fumble, while Myles Atkins and Will Flood each recorded six stops as well.
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