SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson threw for a career-high 346 yards and three touchdowns as No. 1 Notre Dame cruised past Wake Forest 38-0.
Golson was 20-for-30 with an interception for the Irish (11-0). Notre Dame needs to defeat Southern California Saturday night to finish the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1988 and clinch a spot in the BCS championship contest.
Wake Forest fell to 1-33 all-time against teams ranked in the top 5. Its lone win came in 1946, against fourth-ranked Tennessee.
Former Richmond Senior linebacker Justin Jackson finished the game with five tackles and two quarterback hurries for the Wake Forest (5-6).
The Demon Deacons will battle Vanderbilt 3:30 p.m. Saturday in their final attempt to become bowl eligible.
SOUTH CAROLINA 24, WOFFORD 7
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina scored the game’s final 17 points to pull away for a 24-7 win over its in-state FCS rival Wofford.
Adam Yates booted a 23-yard field goal with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game to give the Gamecocks the lead for good. Connor Shaw hit Ace Sanders for an 8-yard touchdown pass after the Terriers failed to convert a fourth-and-1 and their 34.
Akeems Auguste iced the game for No. 12 South Carolina when he returned Eric Breitenstein’s fumble 31 yards for a score.
The win was Steve Spurrier’s 64 with the Gamecocks, tying him with Rex Enright for the most ever in program history. It was also South Carolina’s 11th straight victory at Williams-Brice Stadium and completed its first perfect season at home since 1987.
Former Richmond Senior linebacker Phillip LeGrande was credited with three tackles for Wofford (8-3). The Terriers will play host to the University of New Hampshire on Dec. 1 in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
SC STATE 27, SAVANNAH STATE 13
ORANGEBURG, S.C. — Former Richmond Senior defensive lineman Andrew Carter was credited with 10 tackles as South Carolina State limited Savannah State to 250 yards of total offense as the Bulldogs closed out their season with a 27-13 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory.
Richard Cue passed for two touchdowns and ran for another in the win. Cue connected with Caleb Davis on a 3-yard touchdown pass to stretch South Carolina State’s lead to 20-7 in the third quarter.
The Tigers (1-10, 0-8) cut their deficit to seven on Victorian Hardison’s 10-yard pass to Dylan Cook, which was set up by John Wilson’s interception and 23-yard return.
The Bulldogs (5-6, 4-4) iced the contest on Cue’s 20-yard touchdown run with 5:07 left in the game. Earlier in the drive, South Carolina State had a 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked, but Cephas Wilson recovered the kick and ran the ball to the 20, which was good for a first down.
Former Richmond Senior standout Derrick Wiley had two carries for 11 yards in the win. Former Raiders Tedarius Wiley and Antoine Crouch weren’t listed as playing for South Carolina State on the participation sheet.
GARDNER-WEBB 21, PRESBYTERIAN 15
BOILING SPRINGS — Gardner-Webb running back Kenny Little had a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns as the Runnin’ Bulldogs slipped past Presbyterian 21-15 in the season finale for both teams.
Little scored on a 65-yard run in the opening moments of the fourth quarter to give Gardner-Webb a 21-2 lead. Little also had a 7-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter.
The Blue Hose (2-9, 0-6) battled back on two touchdown passes from Kaleb Griffin. The first was a 23-yard connection with Tobi Antigha on the ensuing possession following Little’s second score. The 2-point conversion attempted failed.
Griffin’s second touchdown pass was to Michael Ruff from 49 yards out with the game’s final margin.
Gardner-Webb finishes its season with a 3-8 overall record and were 2-4 in Big South contests.
Former Richmond Senior lineman Dakota Truett wasn’t listed as playing on the participation list.
MARIST 28, CAMPBELL 7
BUIES CREEK — Marist rolled up 569 yards of total offense en route to a 28-7 Pioneer Football League victory over Campbell.
Quarterback Chuckie Looney threw three touchdowns for the Red Foxes. Looney hit 15 of 21 passes for 222 yards. He had touchdown throws of 57, 14 and 11 yards. Marist wide receiver Mike Rios had an 11-yard scoring grab to tie a school mark for career receiving touchdowns.
The Red Foxes (4-6, 3-4) rushed for 338 yards, led by Wale Onakoya (114 yards) and Calvin McCory (97 yards).
Campbell (1-10, 0-8) finished the game with 272 total yards of offense and was 4 of 14 on third-down conversions. The Fighting Camels close out their campaign with a 1-10 overall mark and 0-8 in conference.
Former Richmond Senior offensive lineman Corey Smart didn’t play according to the participation sheet.
Appalachian State to face Illinois State
BOONE — The Appalachian State football team received its eighth-straight bid to the FCS playoffs and will open play against Illinois State on Dec. 1.
The contest will the first between the Mountaineers and the Redbirds, which were each given byes into the second round.
Former Richmond Senior players Alex Coulthard and Andy Shuler are listed on the Appalachian State roster.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.