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The Citadel defeated Western Carolina in the first SoCon contest of the 2015 season.

The Citadel 28 Western Carolina 10

The Citadel stormed back from a 10-7 deficit midway through the third quarter behind quarterback Dominique Allen’s 204 yards of total offense, including 99 yards rushing and two touchdowns as The Citadel defeated Western Carolina, 28-10, Saturday night in Charleston in the Southern Conference opener for both teams.  The Citadel rushed for 341 yards with all four of the Bulldogs' touchdowns coming on the ground.  Western Carolina quarterback Troy Mitchell finished 19-of-40 for 187 yards with two interceptions.  Slot receiver C.J. Goodman caught a career-high seven passes for 109 yards including a long first half reception of 46 yards.

Chattanooga 44 Mars Hill 34

The Chattanooga Mocs found their offense and won a shootout over Mars Hill 44-34 in Finley Stadium to even their mark at 1-1 in 2015.  From the time Mars Hill took a 14-7 lead, it was the Derrick Craine show for the Mocs.  Craine ran for a career-best 169 yards with four touchdowns, three of which came on the ground, putting the Mocs out in front 28-14 and in the lead for good. UTC rolled up 518 yards, with 253 on the ground and 267 in the air.  Mocs quarterback Jacob Huesman reached two new school records. His first quarter touchdown pass set the school mark for most scoring tosses, breaking a tie with B.J. Coleman. Huesman also is now the leader of the career completions list with 591, passing Coleman and former record-holder Chris Sanders. He’s now third in career yardage with 6,431 yards.

VMI 43 Morehead State 40

Keydet kicker Dillon Christopher kicked a 34-yard field goal with no time left in the game to lead VMI past Morehead State in a game in which the two teams combined for over 1,000 yards of total offense.  After falling behind 40-33, the Keydets flew down the field to tie the game with a 77-yard drive that took less than a minute. Three possessions later VMI went 72 yards in 12 plays setting up Christopher's winning field goal from just inside the left hash mark.  In the victory, the Keydets were paced by a career-high nine catches for Dane Forlines, who posted 101 yards receiving. Derrick Ziglar had 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while freshman Brice Tucker carried 20 times for 78 yards and a score. Tucker finished with a team-high 114 all-purpose yards.

Samford 58 Florida A&M 21

The Samford Bulldogs amassed a school-record 752 yards of total offense, which paved the way to a 58-21 win over Florida A&M Saturday afternoon in Birmingham.  The 752 yards eclipses the previous record of 698 gained by the 1987 team against Maryville. Individually, Michael Eubank completed 24-of-32 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Karel Hamilton caught eight passes for 104 yards. Denzel Williams rushed 11 times for 106 yards and a touchdown, while K'rondis Larry had 16 rushes for 98 yards and a score.  Samford hosts SoCon preseason favorite Chattanooga this Saturday at Seibert Stadium.

Mercer 57 Stetson 14

Mercer used the momentum of its home opener to roll to a school-record 51 points and 476 yards of total offense in the first half, putting up 34 unanswered points to head into halftime with a 51-7 lead.  Quarterback John Russ led the Bears charge, passing for 336 yards and four touchdowns on 16-of-19 passing.  Mercer travels to Tennessee Tech next week for a 7:00pm kickoff.

Wofford 34 Tennessee Tech 14

Wofford rolled up 560 yards of total offense, 444 of which came on the ground, to gain its first win of the 2015 season Saturday at Gibbs Stadium.  Wofford carried the ball 72 times on the ground, being led by Lorenzo Long with 88 rushing yards and a touchdown.  Will Gay, Ray Smith, Brad Butler and Evan Jacks all had 69 or more rushing yards as well. Nick Ward led the defensive effort with a team-high eight tackles and an interception. Wofford travels across the country to take on Idaho of the Sun Belt Conference next Saturday.

Virginia Tech 42 Furman 3

The ACC’s Virginia Tech Hokies pulled away from Furman with a 21-point third quarter to gain their first win of the 2015 season.  Hokie quarterback Brenden Motley passed for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for another score to lead Virginia Tech to a 42-3 victory Saturday afternoon at Lane Stadium.  The Paladins were led by freshman running back Triston Luke, who rushed 10 times for 79 yards.  The Paladins’ only points came on a third quarter 49-yard field goal by Jon Croft Hollingsworth.  Furman quarterback Reese Hannon, after throwing for 365 yards last week, completed just 7-of-21 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions.  Furman again jumps up to the FBS level this week, as the Paladins travel to Orlando to take on Central Florida.

Written by Robbie Ross.