VALDOSTA, Ga. — Chris Pope intercepted Bryan Ehrlich’s pass with less than a minute left to seal a 24-17 win for No. 14 Valdosta State against upset-minded Newberry. The Wolves advanced the ball to Valdosta State’s nine yard-line on their final drive before turning it over.
Quarterback Austen Roberts completed 19-of-34 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter to Quin Roberson to give the Blazers a 21-14 lead that they would not give up.
Newberry outgained Valdosta State 411 to 183, but five turnovers ended up hurting the Wolves too much.
No. 15 Washburn 66, Lincoln 26
TOPEKA, Kan. — No. 15 Washburn scored on its first play from scrimmage and never looked back as they set multiple first half scoring records in a 66-26 win against Lincoln in its season opener.
Justin Cooper scored on Washburn’s first play rushing over the left side for a 66-yard run scamper putting WU on the board 16 seconds in the game. After taking over, on the fourth-down play, the Blue Tigers had a bad snap on the punt holding Josh Blanton short of the first down marker giving the Ichabods possession at the Lincoln 27. Three plays later Cooper ran for his second touchdown from 3-yards out putting the Ichabods up 14-0 with 12:25 to go in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff by the Ichabods, the Blue Tigers’ Nick Daniels fumbled and Washburn took over at the Lincoln 34 setting up a one-play, 34-yard drive with Sean McPherson adding to the Washburn lead putting the Ichabods up 21-0 with 12:11 to play in the opening quarter.
No. 20 Carson-Newman 56, Fayetteville State 7
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn.— No. 20-ranked Carson-Newman dismantled visiting Fayetteville State on Thursday night. The Eagles defense recorded five sacks and the offense scored eight touchdowns on its way to a 56-7 victory against the Broncos at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
It was a banner day for the Eagles defense. In addition to the five sacks and seven tackles for a loss, Carson-Newman picked off two passes and held Fayetteville State to just 165 total yards.
On offense, the Eagles were nearly unstoppable. Carson-Newman piled up 478 total yards, with 417 coming on the ground. Carson-Newman was 7-of-9 on third-down conversions and 5-for-5 in the red zone. The Eagles’ first punt came with 2:31 left in the fourth quarter.
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