Oct. 31, 2009

Courtesy of Elon

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Senior wide receiver Terrell Hudgins hauled in three touchdown passes for the second straight week and finished with 153 receiving yards while setting the new FCS career record with 24 100-yard games to lead Elon to a 34-6 Southern Conference victory at Wofford (2-6, 1-4 SoCon) on Saturday.  The Phoenix improved to 7-1 overall (5-0 SoCon) for the second consecutive year, the first time that the program has done that since 1973-74.
 
Elon has now taken two of the last three games from Wofford with both victories coming at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.
 
The only points of the first quarter came on the opening drive of the game when the Phoenix marched 49 yards on 10 plays before Adam Shreiner drilled a 36-yard field goal.
 
Elon extended its lead to 10-0 on the first play of the second period when Scott Riddle floated a pass to the back corner of the end zone which was hauled in by Terrell Hudgins for a 10-yard TD.  It was the 11th touchdown of the year for Hudgins, surpassing his 2008 total of 10 scores.  The lengthy drive took over six minures off the clock and went 14 plays.  During the drive, Elon converted three third downs, including a 26-yard pick-up to Hudgins when needing eight yards on third down.
 
On Wofford's first drive of the second quarter, Elon looked as if it had the Terriers stopped back in their own territory, but an unsportsmanlike penalty against the Phoenix extended the drive.  The Terriers advanced across midfield and, following another third down stop, a penalty against Elon gave Wofford a first down.  The Terriers finished the drive with a Christian Reed 27-yard field goal to move within a touchdown.
 
With just under 1:30 left in the first half, Riddle found Hudgins for another score, this one a 32-yard strike which capped a six-play, 57-yard drive.  The touchdown grab put Hudgins over 100 yards receiving for the game as he surpassed Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State, 1981-84) to lay claim to the record.
 
Stephon Shelton returned the ensuing kickoff 53 yards to the Elon 37.  The Phoenix defense put Wofford in a fourth-and-12 from the 25 before Reed's 42-yard field goal attempt just made it over the crossbar to make the score 17-6 with 42.7 seconds to play in the half.
 
In the first 30 minutes of play, Elon limited the nation's top rushing offense to just 70 yards on 21 carries. Wofford totaled 90 yards of total offense while the Phoenix racked up 258 yards on 41 plays in the first half.
 
The second half opened with Wofford's Shelton returning the kick 32 yards to the Terrier 38 yard line.  On five of its first six plays of the drive, Wofford rushed for at least five yard, moving the ball to the Elon 23.  Needing three yards on fourth down, Wofford handed the ball off to Michael Scott who was stopped short by Andre Campbell and the Phoenix took over on downs at its own 19.
 
Elon worked its way down the field and took 4:53 off the clock during the 13-play drive before Shreiner added three to the Phoenix's total with a 20-yard field goal.  The drive looked as if it would stall at the Wofford 29 when Elon faced a third-and-14.  Riddle lobbed a screen pass to A.J. Harris who made a one-handed grab and raced 22-yards to keep the drive alive.
 
Wofford fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Phoenix recovered at the Terrier's 42 yard line.  Elon made Wofford pay for the turnover when the duo of Riddle and Hudgins connected again, this time for a 16-yard touchdown as Elon moved ahead 27-6.  On the drive, Sean Jeffcoat kept Elon moving downfield with a 14-yard catch on third-and-six.
 
The final score of the game came three plays after Wofford turned the ball over on downs at its own 24 yard line.  Brandon Newsome carried on all three plays and found the end zone on a 15-yard burst with 2:12 remaining in the game.
 
Wofford entered the game averaging a FCS-best 274.0 yards per game rushing, but was limited to only 146 yards on the ground while posting 170 total yards of offense.  Elon ended the day with 402 total offensive yards.
 
Riddle finished with 323 passing yards, his 16th career 300+ yard performance, and completed 31 of his 44 attempts with three TDs.  Hudgins caught 11 balls for 153 yards and Harris reeled off 62 receiving yards on a career-high six catches.
 
The Terrier offense was led by Scott's 50 yards rushing.
 
On defense, Elon's Joshua Jones totaled eight tackles and forced a fumble.  Ludwig recovered two fumbles and made four tackles.
 
Wofford's SeQuan Stanley led all players with 11 tackles.
 
The Phoenix will pay a visit to Western Carolina for a 1 p.m. kickoff next Saturday afternoon.