Scores

Final

Samford 44

(3-0, 1-0 Southern)

Gardner-Webb 23

(0-3, 0-2 home)

3:00 PM ET, September 15, 2012

Ernest W. Spangler Stadium, Boiling Springs, NC

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 7 14 14 944
WEBB 7 3 7 623

Top Performers

Passing: L. Beatty (WEBB) - 320 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: F. Truss (SAM) - 11 CAR, 84 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: C. Heard (SC) - 7 REC, 107 YDS

Samford 44, Gardner-Webb 23

Associated Press

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Fabian Truss ran for three touchdowns and returned a kickoff for another as Samford eased past Gardner-Webb 44-23 on Saturday to stay unbeaten on the young season, keeping the Runnin' Bulldogs winless in the process.

Truss opened the scoring with a 3-yard run and, after Gardner-Webb's Kenny Little answered with an 11-yard rushing TD, Andy Summerlin's 14-yard connection with Riley Hawkins put Samford up 14-7 early in the second quarter.

Samford (3-0) would lead the rest of the way as Truss, who finished with 84 yards rushing, added another 3-yard TD on the ground to put his squad up 21-10 at halftime.

Juanne Blount's 6-yard touchdown run pulled Gardner-Webb (0-3) to within four points right after the break, but Truss returned the ensuing kick for a 97-yard score to re-establish the cushion. He added a 42-yard run late in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
WEBB
1st Downs1727
Total Yards373442
Passing238320
Rushing135122
Penalties6-756-56
3rd Down Conversions5-116-17
4th Down Conversions0-00-2
Turnovers21
Possession22:0737:53

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Summerlin23/332387.211
Gardner-WebbC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Beatty30/433207.401

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss11847.6342
Gates6213.508
Gardner-WebbCARYDSAVGTDLG
Little23893.9223
Blount12534.4112

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cephus34715.7023
Pope6457.5020
Gardner-WebbRECYDSAVGTDLG
Heard710715.3022
Cranfill9758.3017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMWEBB
TD04:19Fabian Truss 3 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 70
TD00:10Kenny Little 11 Yd Run (Trever Austin Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSAMWEBB
TD12:31Riley Hawkins 14 Yd Pass From Andy Summerlin (Cameron Yaw Kick) 147
TD06:12Fabian Truss 3 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 217
FG00:16Trever Austin 30 Yd 2110
THIRD QUARTERSAMWEBB
TD09:39Juanne Blount 6 Yd Run (Trever Austin Kick) 2117
TD09:27Fabian Truss 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Cameron Yaw Kick) 2817
TD03:26Fabian Truss 42 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 3517
FOURTH QUARTERSAMWEBB
TD06:55Kenny Little 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3523
DC06:55Alvin Hines II PAT Return Off An Interception 3723
TD02:53Stanley Robinson 2 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 4423