College Football Roundup
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CULLOWHEE— Elon ran for four touchdowns Saturday, but it was a late 1-yard scoring pass that gave the Phoenix a thrilling 38-31 win over Western Carolina in a Southern Conference game.
Quarterback Thomas Wilson, who rushed for one Elon touchdown, hit Aaron Mellette on a 1-yard scoring toss with 2:13 to play to break a 31-31 tie and give the Phoenix (4-2, 2-1) the victory. That kept Western Carolina (1-4, 0-3) winless in conference play and also trumped a late Catamounts’ rally.
Josh Cockrell caught three touchdown passes from Catamounts’ quarterback Brandon Pechloff, including a 61-yarder in the second quarter and a 66-yarder in the fourth. But Pechloff was also intercepted three times. Although Wilson, who completed 22 of 33 passing passes, was picked off twice, he ran the Phoenix offense smartly. Running back Dontay Taylor ran for two of Elon’s four rushing touchdowns.
HOUSTON 56, EAST CAROLINA 3
HOUSTON — Case Keenum was 30 of 37 for 304 yards and three touchdowns in just over three quarters to lead Houston to a 56-3 win over East Carolina on Saturday night.
Patrick Edwards caught 12 passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns, Charles Sims rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns to lead Houston (6-0, 2-0 C-USA). Houston had 572 total yards.
Dominique Davis was 13 of 23 passing for 169 yards and three interceptions and Lance Lewis caught five passes for 73 yards for East Carolina (1-4, 1-1 C-USA). Torrance Hunt had 64 yards on 11 carries for the Pirates.
Keenum passed former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell for second on the NCAA all-time passing yards list and now has 15,895 yards. He broke out of a tie for third with former Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer of BYU on the all-time touchdown passes list and now has 124 for his career.
S.C. STATE 49, NCCU 38
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Asheton Jordon rushed for 226 yards on 22 carries and South Carolina State scored two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to defeat North Carolina Central 49-38 on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (3-3, 3-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference), who trailed 24-21 at halftime, built a 35-24 lead early in the third quarter, but the Eagles (1-4, 0-2) regained the lead, 38-35, with 10:49 to play.
A 53-yard drive consisting of six rushing plays then put South Carolina State ahead to stay, with quarterback Richard Cue scoring from 2 yards out.
A fumble by quarterback Michael Johnson on North Carolina Central’s next possession gave South Carolina State the ball at the Eagles’ 39. The Bulldogs used another five rushes to score on Jalen Simmons’ 4-yard run and make it 49-38 with 5:44 remaining.
Johnson completed 29 of 47 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles and was intercepted once.
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