Scores

Final

Samford 25

(4-0, 2-0 Southern)

W Carolina 21

(1-3, 0-2 Southern)

3:30 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Whitmire Stadium, CULLOWHEE, NC

1 2 3 4 T
SAM 0 0 10 1525
WCU 7 0 14 021

Top Performers

Passing: E. Sullivan (WCU) - 136 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: F. Truss (SAM) - 23 CAR, 180 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: R. Hawkins (SAM) - 4 REC, 47 YDS, 1 TD

Samford 25, W. Carolina 21

Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Fabian Truss ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns to rally Samford past Southern Conference foe Western Carolina 25-21 Saturday.

After both teams struggled in the first half, Truss carried three times for 68 yards for the Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0) on their first possession of the third quarter, finishing the drive with a 25-yard touchdown run for a 7-7 tie. Cameron Yaw's field goal made it 10-7.

Western Carolina (1-3, 0-2) regained the lead, 21-10, entering the fourth quarter on two Eddie Sullivan touchdown passes, 14 yards to Conner Orr and 8 yards to Jacoby Mitchell.

Andy Summerlin found Riley Hawkins for a 20-yard Samford touchdown and Kelvin Clay for a two-point conversion to make it 21-18 early in the fourth quarter, and Truss provided the go-ahead score from 1 yard out with 5 minutes left.

Yaw's extra point gave him 257 career points, breaking Michael O'Neal's 20-year school record.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SAM
WCU
1st Downs2119
Total Yards347284
Passing173136
Rushing174148
Penalties10-1405-52
3rd Down Conversions2-135-18
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers22
Possession27:0232:58

Passing Leaders

SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Summerlin22/321735.411
Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sullivan16/351363.922

Rushing Leaders

SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss231807.8243
Bledsoe5132.607
Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ramsey11393.507
Johnson11393.5010

Receiving Leaders

SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pope45714.3016
Hawkins44711.8120
Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander22914.5017
Robinson3258.3012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSAMWCU
TD14:43Caleb Hawkins 0 Yd Fumble Return (Richard Sigmon Kick) 07
THIRD QUARTERSAMWCU
TD12:40Fabian Truss 25 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 77
FG10:46Cameron Yaw 26 Yd 107
TD06:11Conner Orr 14 Yd Pass From Eddie Sullivan (Richard Sigmon Kick) 1014
TD00:22Jacoby Mitchell 8 Yd Pass From Eddie Sullivan (Richard Sigmon Kick) 1021
FOURTH QUARTERSAMWCU
TD12:58Riley Hawkins 20 Yd Pass From Andy Summerlin (Andy Summerlin Pass To Kelvin Clay For Two-Point Conversion) 1821
TD05:00Fabian Truss 1 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 2521