Here is the FCS Wrap-Up for Week One of college football.
UNC Charlotte use strong second half to take down Campbell, 33-9
The 49ers kicked off their second season of football on Thursday night, going up the road to Buies Creek to take on the Pioneer League’s Campbell Camels.
It was a defensive struggle between both teams early, but Charlotte opened up the offense shortly after taking a 6-3 lead at halftime.
21 unanswered points for the Niners put the game out of reach for Campbell, as Charlotte’s defense only held the Camels to just two more field goals.
UNCC quarterback Matt Johnson went 14-30 on the night with 189 yards, while Kalif Phillips led things on the ground with 74 yards and 3 touchdowns (all coming in the third quarter) on 13 touches.
Western Carolina comes close, but no cigar at South Florida.
Many FCS teams hung in there with their big time FBS opponents on Saturday, and the SoCon’s Catamounts were among those who came close.
The Catamounts led until the third quarter of this one, as quarterback Troy Mitchell and running back Darius Ramsey both got rushing touchdowns in the first quarter.
The Bulls got the lead back on a 60 yard touchdown run from Marlon Mack that put them up 23-17. Mack scored again early in the fourth quarter to put USF up by two scores, but Mitchell drove the Cats down the field and kept things close up until the end, as South Florida pulled away and got a 36-31 win.
Mitchell finished the game with 374 yards passing and 2 touchdowns in the loss.
Paladins prevail in defensive battle with Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb opened up their season by paying a trip to Greenville, South Carolina to take on the another SoCon power in the Furman Paladins.
The Bulldogs played their first game of the season without receiver Kenny Cook, which could probably explain why their offensive performance was stymied and limited to only a field goal throughout the course of the game.
Furman quarterback Resse Hannon was credited with the only touchdown, connecting on a six-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter after settling for their own field goal in the first quarter.
One final field goal in the third quarter practically sealed 13-3 win for the Paladins.
Davidson dominant in season opener
The Davidson Wildcats also started their season on Saturday, playing host to College of Faith – Charlotte.
First year head coach Paul Nichols’ Wildcats put up nearly 500 yards of total offense in the 56-0 win, led by running back David Rogers’ career-high 116 yards on the ground.
Senior quarterback J.P. Douglas also impressed, completing 10 of his 11 passes and scoring four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing).
The Davidson defense held the Saints to just 120 yards of total offense, and only five first downs in the rout.
North Carolina A&T wins MEAC/SWAC Challenge
The Aggies got started with their 2014 campaign a day late, but made up for it with a huge 47-13 win over Alabama A&M in Orlando.
A&T scored an unprecedented 38 unanswered points in the first half, as quarterback Kwashawn Quick had just under 200 yards of total offense along with two rushing touchdowns.
Running back Tarik Cohen also had a big day, rushing for 167 yards on 11 carries, including an 80 yard touchdown.
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