CAU Takes Losses
On The Road
To Miles College
Fairfield, AL – One week after losing to local rival Morehouse College, the Clark Atlanta University Panthers endured a tough conference loss on the road against the Golden Bears of Miles College, 28-7. Clark Atlanta falls to 1-5 and 1-3 in the SIAC while Miles improves to 5-1 and 3-0.
Miles gained 338 yards on offense, while holding Clark Atlanta to 184 total offensive yards. The Golden Bears rushed for 143 yards on 42 attempts and threw for another 195 yards. Clark Atlanta rushed for 106 yards on 37 attempts and passed for only 78 yards.
Antwan Flower for CAU tied the game at 7-all with 1:12 left in the first quarter on a 1-yard touchdown run and after an Austin Casillas PAT.
Miles College then put together a 6 play, 66-yard drive just before halftime to score as Thomas connected with Antonio Pitts on a 29-yard touchdown pass to give Miles a 14-7 lead. Thomas and Pitts would hookup again in the third quarter on a 19-yard touchdown pass with 4:43 left to give Miles a commanding lead.
Floyd Graves completed Miles’ scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run to cap off a 5 play, 39-yard drive in the fourth quarter with 5:45 left.
Help Tuskegee Tigers
It was the battle between the big cats as the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse squandered prime scoring opportunities and turned the ball over to the Tuskegee Golden Tigers, who cashed in the gifts for a 21-14 victory.
Quarterback Donnay Ragland, threw back-to-back interceptions in the second quarter, which Tuskegee converted into a 14-0 lead.
Ragland got one of the touchdowns back in the third quarter when he darted four yards into the end zone. The touchdown was set up by a 38-yard punt return by Thomas Williams.
Tuskegee got its final touchdown on an 80-yard drive with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter. Derrick Washington ran it in from the 3 yard line.
New Hampshire Buries
Georgia St. In 44-21 Win
Andy Vailas threw four touchdown passes and Nico Steriti scored three touchdowns in New Hampshire’s 44-21 victory over Georgia State on Oct. 6.
Georgia State’s Ronnie Bell threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Albert Wilson to tie the game at 7 in the first quarter, but New Hampshire (4-2, 2-1 Colonial Athletic Association) scored the next 31 points to seal the victory. The Wildcats rushed for 332 yards and finished with 624 in total offense.
New Hampshire’s Vailas threw for 252 yards, and Steriti rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns. Harold Spears added six catches for 94 yards and a score.
Ben McLain threw two scoring passes in the fourth quarter for Georgia State (0-6), 26 yards to Emmanuel Ogbuehi and 47 yards to Wilson. McLain and Ronnie Bell, however, combined to throw three interceptions, and the Panthers lost two fumbles as they remain winless on the season.
Clemson Runs, Passes,
Beats Ga. Tech 47-31
CLEMSON, S.C. – Tajh Boyd threw for a career-high 397 yards, but both he and his coach agreed he could have played better in No. 15 Clemson’s 47-31 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
But Boyd and the rest of the offense settled down, running 93 plays and gaining 601 yards. It is the fourth time the Tigers (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) have gained more than 500 yards this season.
DeAndre Hopkins had 173 yards receiving on seven catches and two touchdowns, Andre Ellington ran for 82 yards on 24 carries and Clemson ran 93 plays to just 60 for Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3), leaving offensive coordinator Chad Morris happy after a rough opening two possessions.
For all the offense, it was still a defensive play that turned the game Clemson’s way. Right after Boyd threw a 35-yard touchdown to Hopkins that put the Tigers ahead 38-31 with 10:29 left in the game, Georgia Tech bobbled the kickoff and had to start from its 2 yard line. Tigers linebacker Spencer Shuey sniffed out an option pitch two plays later for a safety that crushed the Yellow Jackets’ chances.
No. 6 S. Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Connor Shaw threw two touchdown passes and ran for another, Ace Sanders had a dazzling 70-yard punt return touchdown and No. 6 South Carolina’s defense dominated fifth-ranked Georgia in a 35-7 victory on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their school-record 10th straight game with a performance that marked them as an Eastern Division front-runner – and maybe showed they’re capable of even more.
South Carolina grounded “Gurshall,” holding Georgia’s stellar freshmen Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to 76 yards combined. The Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1) finished with 224 yards, less than half their season’s average coming in.
Georgia Southern Beats
Western Carolina 45-13
CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Georgia Southern totaled 614 yards on the ground as they beat Western Carolina 45-13 in a Southern Conference showdown on Oct. 6.
The Eagles (4-1, 3-1) scored on their first two possessions when Darreion Robinson broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run and Dominique Swope ran it in from 5 yards out to give Georgia Southern an early 14-0 lead. Robinson finished with 124 yards on 11 carries, and Swope rushed 20 times for 117 yards.
Western Carolina (1-5, 0-4) scored its first points of the game on Troy Mitchell’s 11-yard run, cutting the lead to 14-6 at the end of the first.
Georgia Southern’s defense dominated, and its running game continued to impress as the Eagles outscored Western Carolina 31-7 the rest of the way. William Banks and James Dean added 101 and 95 yards rushing, respectively, and two scores.
Contributions to the Local College Football Briefs were provided by The Associated Press and ADW Sports Editor Deitra P. Johnson.