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Record-setter Daniel Smith leads Campbell past Davidson 42-29

Cougars wide receiver Steven Dunbar (88) makes the catch despite the pressure by East Carolina defensive back Colby Gore during the first half Saturday in Houston.
Cougars wide receiver Steven Dunbar (88) makes the catch despite the pressure by East Carolina defensive back Colby Gore during the first half Saturday in Houston. Houston Chronicle via AP

Daniel Smith rushed for a school-record 289 yards and four touchdowns and passed for another to lead Campbell over Davidson 42-29 on Saturday.

Smith’s big day included an 80-yard run in the third quarter that put the Camels up 38-15 early in the third quarter. His 20-yard scoring run gave the Camels a 21-15 lead at halftime and put them ahead to stay.

Smith’s 289 yards rushing and 1,191 this season eclipsed De’Shawn Jones’ marks of 201 and 1,079 set in 2015. His four rushing touchdowns tied a school record.

Aaron Blockmon had three catches that gave him a school career record of 101, passing Ben Bolling (100, 2011-15) and his 87 yards receiving put him over 2,000 for his career, a first at Campbell (6-4, 5-2 Pioneer Football League). The defense joined in the record day when Carlos Merritt made the team’s 19th interception this season.

For Davidson, Wesley Duggar rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, the first time a Wildcat had rushed for three scores since 2007. Trevor Smith kicked two field goals that put him alone in first in the Davidson record book with 37 in his career. The Wildcats (2-7, 0-6) have lost six straight.

American Athletic Conference

Houston 52, E Carolina 27: D’Eriq King threw for three touchdowns and ran for a score, the Cougars converted three turnovers into scores, and host Houston became bowl eligible. Gardner Minshew set a conference single-game record for completions for East Carolina (2-7, 1-4).

Big South

Charleston Southern 10, Gardner-Webb 9: In Boiling Springs, N.C., Tyler Tekac’s 43-yard field goal as time expired capped a wild final 18 seconds and lifted the Buccaneers (5-4, 2-1) past the Bulldogs (1-8, 0-3), who had taken the lead with 18 seconds remaining when Paul Schumacher split the uprights on a 37-yarder.

MEAC

N.C. Central 14, Hampton 6: Davanta Reynolds’ second interception of the day with 37 seconds left preserved a road win for the Eagles (7-2,5-1).

Colonial

Elon 33, Towson 30, 2OT: Owen Johnson lifted the Phoenix (8-1, 6-0) to its eighth-straight victory with a 26-yard field goal in the second overtime.

Southern

Wofford 24, Chattanooga 21, 2OT: Luke Carter booted a 34-yard field goal in the second overtime for the Terriers (8-1, 6-1).

Western Carolina 31, The Citadel 19: Detrez Newson rushed for 197 yards and a touchdown and Tyrie Adams threw for 133 yards and three touchdowns for the Catamounts (7-3,5-2).

Sun Belt

Louisiana-Monroe 52, Appalachian State 45: The Mountaineers (5-4, 4-1) suffered their first conference loss of the season. Taylor Lamb’s third touchdown pass to receiver Ike Lewis, a 20-yard connection with 53 seconds left in regulation, set up Chandler Staton’s extra point that tied the game. But ULM answered by scoring with 23 seconds left on Caleb Evans’ 50-yard touchdown pass to R.J. Turner.

Observer News Services contributed.

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