INDIANAPOLIS — North Carolina Central fueled by a school-record 30-point second quarter rolled past South Carolina State 40-10 in the Circle City Classic played in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Jordan Reid rushed for one touchdown and tossed for another as the Eagles remained unbeaten in MEAC play. North Carolina Central (3-2, 2-0) took advantage of two South Carolina State turnovers in the second period to break open the contest.
The Bulldogs are now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the MEAC.
Former Richmond Senior quarterback Derrick Wiley rushed for 35 yards on two carries for South Carolina State. He was also 2-of-3 passing for minus 19 yards and an interception. Andrew Carter was credited with five tackles for the Bulldogs, including 1 1/2 tackles for a loss. Tedarius Wiley and Antoine Crouch were not listed as playing on the participation sheet.
South Carolina State will return to the gridiron when it travels to Delaware State 2:30 p.m. Saturday in a MEAC contest.
VMI 17, PRESBYTERIAN 7
LEXINGTON, Va. — Virginia Military Institute forced four Presbyterian turnovers en route to a 17-7 victory in a Big South Conference opener.
Adam Morgan had two of the interceptions for the Keydets. Morgan recorded the picks on consecutive Blue Hose drives.
VMI (2-3, 1-0) controlled the time of possession, holding onto the football for 37:46 and registering 25 first downs.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Dakota Truett was not listed as seeing action according to the participation sheet.
Presbyterian (2-4, 0-1) will play host to Liberty at 2 p.m. Saturday.
APPALACHIAN STATE 35, ELON 23
BOONE — Appalachian State quarterback Jamal Jackson had a hand in all five of his team’s touchdowns, leading the Mountaineers to a 35-23 Southern Conference win over Elon.
Jackson tossed four touchdown passes, rushed for another and had 398 yards of total offense. Jackson was 20 for 29 in the air for 304 yards and ran for 94 yards on 17 touches.
Appalachian State improves to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in the Southern Conference. The win was the 17th straight for the Mountaineers over the Phoenix.
Former Richmond offensive lineman Alex Coulthard saw action according to the participation sheet.
The Mountaineers will travel to Samford 3 p.m. Saturday in a South Conference clash.
WOFFORD 20, FURMAN 17
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Eric Breitenstein rushed for 158 yards on 21 carries, but Jeff Ashley scored the game-winning touchdown on a 52-yard pass from Brian Kass with 6:49 left in the game to lift Wofford to a 20-17 win over Furman.
The Terriers remain perfect on the season, improving to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in Southern Conference play. The Paladins dropped to 2-4 and 1-2.
As a team, Wofford rushed for 303 yards in the game on 53 carries.
Former Richmond Senior linebacker Phillip LeGrande had two tackles for the Terriers.
Wofford will head to Statesboro, Ga. to take on Georgia Southern 6 p.m. Saturday.
MARYLAND 19, WAKE FOREST 14
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Justus Pickett scored on a 1-yard run to rally Maryland past Wake Forest 19-14 in an ACC clash.
Pickett’s game-winner was set up by a 63-yard pass from Perry Hills to Stefon Diggs.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Terrapins (3-2, 1-0), while the Demon Deacons have now dropped their last two contests to fall to 3-3 on the year and 1-3 in the conference.
Former Richmond Raider Justin Jackson had five tackles, including one for a seven-yard loss. Jackson was also credited with a quarterback hurry in the loss.
Wake Forest will have next weekend off before returning to action on Oct. 20 when it travels to Virginia in an ACC game.
CARSON-NEWMAN 42, CATAWBA 7
SALISBURY — Carson-Newman scored on its first three drives of the game en route to a 42-7 South Atlantic Conference victory over Catawba.
Brandon Haywood scored on a pair of 1-yard runs for the Eagles (3-2, 2-2). Diante Hodges reeled in a 15-yard pass from B.J. Sherrill to account for the Indians’ only touchdown.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Andrew Parsons started at guard for Catawba.
The Indians (3-3, 1-2) will travel to Mars Hill at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in a SAC contest.
UNCP 20, TUSCULUM 10
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Te’vell Williams had a school-record 10 catches for a career-high 152 yards to help the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to a 20-10 road win over Tusculum.
Williams also become the Braves’ all-time leader in career touchdown receptions with 14, when he pulled in a 3-yard pass from Luke Charles.
UNCP had 435 yards of total offense to stretch its winning streak to five games.
Former Richmond Senior standout L.J. Stroman was credited with a career-high 12 tackles for the Braves. The sophomore cornerback added two pass breakups. John Rich, another former Raider, did not have a reception in the game, while Justin Watts was listed as playing on the participation sheet.
The Braves will play host to Charleston (W. Va.) at 2 p.m. Saturday.
SHAW 45, FAYETTEVILLE STATE 28
DURHAM — Shaw University rolled up 545 yards of total offense to cruise to a 45-28 win against Fayetteville State in a CIAA contest.
Marquise Grizzle had a rushing and a receiving touchdown for the Bears (3-3, 2-1).
Fayetteville State quarterback Andreas Hudson threw for a career-best 216 yards and had two touchdowns.
Christopher Diggs, a former Richmond Raider, was credited with one tackle in the loss. Former Richmond offensive lineman Kevin Alfonso was listed as starting at center for the Broncos.
Fayetteville State will return to action 2 p.m. Saturday when Johnson C. Smith visits Luther “Nick” Jeralds Stadium.
METHODIST 34, NC WESLEYAN 13
ROCKY MOUNT — Methodist scored 27 straight points to pull away for a 34-13 USA South road victory against North Carolina Wesleyan.
Methodist quarterback Max Reber connected with four different receivers for scoring strikes in the win and added a 3-yard run for a touchdown. The Monarchs improve to 2-3 on the season and 1-1 in league action.
Former Richmond quarterback Laron Ellerbe tossed two touchdowns for the Battling Bishops (1-4, 0-2). Ellerbe was 25 for 39 for 240 yards.
N.C. Wesleyan will travel to Ferrum for a USA South clash at 2 p.m. Saturday.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com.