Lenoir-Rhyne (9-0, 6-0) jumped out to a 25-point lead and held off a rally to defeat Carson-Newman (6-2, 4-1), 35-32, on Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference showdown at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior fullback Chris Robinson finished with 178 yards on the ground and a score while redshirt freshman quarterback Evin Sims added two rushing touchdowns as the Bears clinched at least a share of their fourth consecutive regular season league championship.
Robinson also became Lenoir-Rhyne’s first 1,000-yard rusher in a single season since 2004.
Stetson 28, Campbell 24: Ryan Tentler threw touchdown passes of 80 and 37 yards late as visiting Stetson rallied past Campbell 28-24 and put a dent in Campbell’s Pioneer League title hopes.
Tentler completed 13 of 24 passes for 245 yards with three scores as Stetson (4-4, 2-3) won its second straight. Campbell (4-5, 4-2), which had two apparent touchdowns called back, lost its second straight in Pioneer play. The Fighting Camels extended their lead to 24-14 early in the third quarter on Mitchell Brown’s 23-yard field goal.
Tentler, with 36 seconds left in the third, hooked up on an 80-yarder on first-down to Kegan Moore, closing to 24-21. Campbell’s Isaiah Howard returned the ensuing kickoff to the end zone, but the score was called back for holding. Tentler connected with Rob Coggin for the game-winner on a 37-yard, fourth-down pass with 4:03 to play.
Chattanooga 51, W Carolina 0: Keon Williams ran for 194 yards and two touchdowns for visiting Chattanooga.
Jacob Huesman, who threw for 126 yards with two touchdowns and ran for another, has 7,174 total career yards, leaving him just 73 off the school record set by Chris Sanders (1999-00). His three touchdowns along with Williams’ two first-quarter scores pushed the Mocs out to a 38-0 halftime advantage.
Chattanooga (6-3, 5-0 Southern Conference) and WCU (6-3, 4-1) entered the game as the only undefeated teams in the conference.
Virginia Military Institute 31, Furman 15: Al Cobb threw two touchdown passes and ran for one more and host Virginia Military Institute snapped a six-game losing streak.
Cobb connected with Dane Forlines for a 19-yard touchdown pass, and later ran in from the 1 to give VMI a 17-0 halftime lead. Jabari Turner ran for a 1-yard score in the third quarter and Cobb threw a 14-yard TD pass to J.C. Garvin with 8:29 remaining to cap the scoring for VMI (2-8, 1-4 Southern).
Cobb finished 24 of 37 for 239 yards and led the Keydets with 49 yards rushing. P.J. Blazejowski threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Chad Scott to pull Furman (2-7, 1-3) within 24-7 midway through the third quarter, but threw three interceptions in the fourth.
Liberty 28, Presbyterian 7: Josh Woodrum threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for visiting Liberty (6-3, 2-0 Big South).
Heys McMath was intercepted four times for the Blue Hose (5-4, 2-2).
Charleston Southern 27, Monmouth 0: Austin Brown scored two rushing touchdowns to lead visiting Charleston Southern (6-3, 1-2 Big South).
Charleston Southern gained 338 total yards rushing, compared to just 15 for Monmouth. The Hawks (5-3, 0-2) were held to 112 total yards.
S.C. State 59, Savannah State 7: Jalen Simmons (West Charlotte) carried 18 times for 120 yards and two touchdowns and Antonio Hamilton had a 55-yard punt return as host S.C. State rolled.
Adrian Kollock Jr added two touchdowns passing, both of which went to Taquan West, for the Bulldogs. South Carolina State (6-3, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic) took a 42-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Dominique Mitchell and Devondre Powell each had interception returns for touchdowns, with Mitchell’s coming from 86 yards out while Powell returned his 40 yards.
Appalachian State 44, Georgia State 0: Marcus Cox ran for a career-high 250 yards and three touchdowns and host Appalachian State held Georgia State to 62 yards of offense.
With Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina) adding a career-high 123 yards and a touchdown, the Mountaineers (3-5, 2-2 Sun Belt Conference) had two backs surpass 100 yards for the third-straight game, the second straight for this duo.
The Panthers (1-8, 0-6) could only muster 8 yards on the ground.
North Greenville 24, Wingate 14: Simeon Byrd had two touchdown runs for the host Crusaders (5-4). The Bulldogs are 5-4.
Newberry 34, Brevard 14: A stout defense and potent rushing attack helped the visiting Wolves overcome a sloppy start.
Newberry scored five touchdowns without response after conceding an early score, rolling its record to 4-5 overall 2-4 South Atlantic. Brevard is 0-9, 0-6.
Johnson C. Smith 14, Saint Augustine’s 10: Chris Patterson scored on a 27-yard pass from Keahn Wallace with 2 seconds remaining for the road win for the Golden Bulls (2-7, 1-5 CIAA).
The Falcons are 2-7, 2-4.
Winston-Salem State 61, Shaw 10: Rudy Johnson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in the road win for Winston-Salem State (8-1). Maurice Lewis ran for 155 yards and a touchdown.
Shaw fell to 3-6.
Fayetteville State 31, Livingstone 28 (OT): The host Blue Bears (5-4) won in overtime behind a second touchdown run from Derek Bryant and a field goal from Antonio Mayo.
Livingstone is 5-4.
Catawba at Mars Hill: The Indians’ game was postponed until Sunday at 2 due to a winter storm warning in the mountains.
Coastal Carolina 38, Gardner-Webb 14: Alex Ross threw two touchdowns for undefeated Coastal Carolina.
Ross completed 29 of 43 passes for 351 yards for the visiting Chanticleers (9-0, 3-0 Big South).
Gardner-Webb (4-5, 0-2) came within a touchdown late in the second quarter on a Kerry Bernard scoring run.
Bethune-Cookman 34, N.C. Central 20: Anthony Jordan rushed for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for host Bethune-Cookman (7-2, 4-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference).
Andre Clarke scored two rushing touchdowns for the Eagles (4-5, 3-2), his second giving N.C. Central a 20-13 lead in the third quarter.
The Citadel 28, Mercer 26: Cam Jackson ran for 142 yards and Vinny Miller added 99 and a score as The Citadel handed Mercer its third straight loss, in Macon, Ga.
Aaron Miller passed only twice during the game but ran for 83 yards and a score for the Bulldogs (3-6, 1-3 Southern). Isiaha Smith ran for 53 yards and two touchdowns as The Citadel amassed 493 yards rushing.
The Bears are 5-5, 1-5.
Towson 21, Elon 19: Kierre Brown (Independence) scored for the visiting Phoenix (1-8, 0-5 Colonial Athletic Association) on a 5-yard pass from Mike Quinn with 1 minute, 11 seconds remaining, but the 2-point conversion to tie failed.