Local College Football Briefs 11-5

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    CAU Drops To Stillman In Finale

    The Clark Atlanta University Panthers ended their 2012 football season with a 37-12 SIAC Conference loss to the Tigers of Stillman College on Nov. 3. The Panthers had a tough first half managing more penalty yards – 60 – than offensive yards – 38.
    For the Tigers, freshman quarterback Joshua Straughan completed 23-of-36 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns. Running back Dondre Purnell had seven carries for 35 yards while adding 20 yards on two catches. Charles Payne had six receptions for 56 yards and Damian Ford had four catches for 67 yards.
    For CAU, quarterback Tyree Williams finished by completing 15-of-29 passes for 157 yards while rushing 12 times for nine yards. David Grace had six receptions for 97 yards.

    Morehouse Races Past Kentucky St.

    Running back David Carter rushed for 185 yards and tied a Morehouse scoring record with five touchdowns, leading the Maroon Tigers to a 55-7 win over the Kentucky State University Thorobreds, in the season finale for both teams on Nov. 3.
    Morehouse finished the year at 3-7, the first losing season since Head Coach Rich Freeman took over in 2007. KSU ended the year at 1-8.
    Tying one of the few Morehouse rushing records he doesn’t already own, Carter punctuated a spectacular collegiate career. His five rushing touchdowns tied the mark set by Andrew Smith, against Fisk University, in 1968.

    Georgia State Falls To No. 5 ODU, 53-27

    Taylor Heinicke passed for 351 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Old Dominion defeated Georgia State, 53-27, on Nov. 3 at the Georgia Dome.

    It was the final home game for head coach Bill Curry, the only coach in the program’s history, who plans on retiring after the season. Before the game, Georgia State announced the locker room at the football team’s practice facility will be named in Curry’s honor.
    Despite the loss, Georgia State had the biggest highlight reel when junior Albert Wilson, broke his own school record when he ignited the Georgia Dome crowd on a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by changing direction and out-running the Old Dominion return team. It was second school record for Wilson, who also had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2010 against Alabama. On this one, Wilson fielded the ball four yards deep in the end zone.

    Georgia Tech Upends Maryland, 33-13

    Orwin Smith ran for 89 yards and a touchdown as Georgia Tech stymied a Maryland offense led by linebacker-turned-quarterback Shawn Petty in a 33-13 rout on Nov. 3.
    Petty was moved to quarterback after four Maryland quarterbacks were injured during the season.
    The Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 20-0 at halftime and 27-0 late in the third quarter before Maryland finally scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Petty to Stefon Diggs. Petty also threw a 23-yard TD pass to Diggs on the game’s final play, but the injury-depleted Terrapins (4-5, 2-3) dropped their third straight.

    UGA Beats Ole Miss, Moves To 8-1

    Junior quarterback Aaron Murray tossed four TD passes to four different receivers as the No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs rebounded from a slow start to post a 37-10 victory over Ole Miss in Sanford Stadium on Nov. 3.
    With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 8-1 on the year and 6-1 in the SEC and moved one step closer to a return trip to the SEC Championship.
    In a turnover-plagued contest, Georgia and Ole Miss traded mishandles in the second quarter – four in all – in less than a minute
    The Bulldogs will return to action when they renew the South’s oldest rivalry next weekend (Nov. 10) to take on Auburn in Alabama.

    GA Southern Has Home-Winning Streak Snapped

    The Georgia Southern Eagles had their FCS-leading, 14-game home winning streak snapped in a 31-28 loss to Appalachian State on Nov. 3. The loss also snapped GSU’s six-game Southern Conference winning streak. The game was played in front of the seventh-largest crowd in Paulson Stadium history – 21, 155 – the largest in the head coach Jeff Monken’s era.
    Despite the loss, No. 1 Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-2) secured a share of their 10th Southern Conference championship for the second straight season in the SoCon title race. No. 14 Appalachian State (7-3, 5-2), and either Wofford or Chattanooga can claim a share of the title as well if they win their remaining contests.

    Georgia Southern hosts Howard University for Homecoming next Saturday at 2 p.m.

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