Saturday's local interest college football: ODU gains eighth win as QB Washington carves up FAU; Abdullah, No. 4 JMU finish unbeaten CAA season

Compiled by Daily Press

Old Dominion (8-3, 6-1 Conference USA) added a notch to its landmark season Saturday night, beating Florida Atlantic 42-24 in Boca Raton behind a career-best game from David Washington.

He was 26 of 36 for 416 yards with five touchdowns. And, continuing a year-long them, ODU did not commit a turnover.

The Monarchs, who rallied from a 21-10 deficit, avenged the season-ending loss a year ago that kept them from being bowl-eligible. They are now high in the C-USA bowl pecking order.

James Madison 63, Elon 14: Cole Johnson, a freshman from Virginia Beach, threw for two touchdowns in Harrisonburg as JMU completed an unbeaten Colonial Athletic Association regular season.

Johnson, who played just three quarters, was 12 of 13 for 274 yards for the Dukes (10-1, 8-0 CAA).

They are all but certain to receive a first-round FCS playoff bye when the field is announced at 11 a.m. Sunday, and if they don't drop below the No. 4 NCAA ranking they held entering the weekend, they could be at home for two playoff games.

Heritage High graduate Khalid Abdullah ran for 125 yards and a score on his Senior Day.

Domo Taylor had 114 yards receiving and caught two touchdown passes. Rashard Davis, who leads the nation in punt-return touchdowns, took an Elon punt 76 yards for a score in the fourth.

JMU began the scoring with a 23-yard run by Trai Sharp, followed by a 70-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Taylor and a 23-yard field goal by Tyler Gray to lead 17-0 at the end of the period.

Daniel Thompson threw for 132 yards and a score for the Phoenix (2-9, 1-7).


Wofford 17, VMI 0: Lorenzo Long ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in Spartanburg, S.C., as Wofford, ranked 20th in FCS, closed its regular season with a four-game win streak.

The Terriers (8-3, 6-2 Southern Conference) probably wrapped up an at-large bid to the playoffs.

Blake Morgan finished with 58 yards rushing and quarterback Brandon Goodson added 54 more to go along with 46 yards passing and a touchdown for the Terriers. Overall, the Terriers carried 49 times for 325 yards.

Al Cobb threw for 184 yards and Aaron Sanders finished with 84 yards receiving to lead VMI (3-8, 1-7).

New Hampshire 24, Maine 21: A last-minute field goal gave the visiting Wildcats (7-4, 6-2 CAA) a victory for the Brice-Cowell Musket, possibly extending their streak of reaching the FCS playoffs to 13 years.

The loss most likely extinguished the playoff hopes of the Black Bears (6-5, 5-3). Some experts described the contest as a play-in game to the 24-team FCS postseason.

Charleston Southern 28, Kennesaw State 7: Darius Hammond carried 17 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns, and Charleston Southern intercepted four passes for a home victory and its second straight Big South championship.

CSU took a 21-7 lead with 1:26 left before halftime after a two-play, 80-yard drive. Hammond had a 43-yard run and Kameron Brown made a one-handed grab near the sideline and raced for a 37-yard score.

Kennesaw State turned the ball over on downs on its first possession of the second half after 12 plays, and the Owls were intercepted on their next three drives. Charleston Southern answered the first pick with a 71-yard scoring drive, capped by Hammond's 14-yard run.

Shane Bucenell completed 5 of 6 passes for 76 yards and one touchdowns for Charleston Southern (7-3, 4-1), which clinched an automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.

Chandler Burks was just 6 of 17 for 71 yards and two interceptions for Kennesaw State (8-3, 3-2), which isn't likely to gain an at-large bid.

Albany 13, Stony Brook 6: Rayshan Clark scored on a 2-yard fumble return and Ethan Starks kicked two field goals, including a 50-yarder, as host Albany (7-4, 4-4 CAA) lifted its FCS playoff hopes and captured the Golden Apple Trophy in the Empire Classic.

Clark, who also intercepted two passes, had the difference-making touchdown with 4:46 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Jack Cassidy fumbled the snap one play after Jon Martin's 63-yard punt pinned the Seawolves on their 5, and Clark scooped up the loose ball and stepped into the end zone.

Starks, a redshirt freshman, kicked his career-best field goal for the Great Danes late in the first half to produce a 3-3 tie.

Przemyslaw Popek had his second short field goal for the Seawolves (5-6, 4-4) with 3:08 left, but the Great Danes recovered the onside kick. After a punt, Rocco Marucci intercepted Stony Brook's Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game.

Towson 32, Rhode Island 31: Aidan O'Neill nailed a career-best 55-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tigers a come-from-behind win.

Quarterback Morgan Mahalak, who had just driven Towson (4-7, 3-5 Colonial Athletic Association) 80 yards in five plays to close to 31-29, started at his 9 on the next drive. The Tigers took 51 seconds to set up O'Neill for his winning kick.

Mahalak threw for 353 yards and two scores. Christian Summers, who caught the last touchdown pass, grabbed 10 passes for 132 yards. Andre Dessenbert caught seven passes for 106 yards.

Jordan Vazzano led URI (2-9, 1-7), throwing for 265 yards and two scores.


Army 60, Morgan State 3: Andy Davidson ran for two touchdowns on 111 yards, and Cole Macek added two more scores and 108 yards in West Point, N.Y.

Darnell Woolfolk added a score on 104 yards to keep the Black Knights (6-5) in the hunt for their first bowl game since 2010.

Army's triple option, which stalled badly in a 44-6 loss to Notre Dame a week ago, returned to form against an FCS defense that came in allowing 32 points per game. The Black Knights scored on their first two drives and led 29-3 by halftime.

The nation's No. 2 rushing offense wound up with 504 yards as Army clinched its second six-win season since 1996.

Chris Andrews (8 for 20) threw for 79 yards for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's Bears (2-8), who converted just 3 of 16 third downs.


Johns Hopkins 42, Randolph-Macon 21: The Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion Yellow Jackets' season ended at 9-2 with a first-round loss to the Bluejays in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins, ranked 10th by, next will play against the sport's perennial power -- No. 7 Mount Union of Ohio.

The Purple Raiders had won the last 24 Ohio Athletic Conference championships and 112 consecutive regular-season games until John Carroll beat them 31-28 in a regular-season finale. They are 222-2 in their last 224 regular-season games.

Wesley 38, Stevenson 17: Jamar Baynard rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries as the Capital Athletic Conference champion Wolverines won their first-round game at home in Dover, Del.

Nick Falkenberg was 21 of 35 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Wesley (9-2), which next will face John Carroll.

Stevenson's Dan Williams was 22 of 35 for 323 yards, two TDs and two interceptions. Devin Salisbury had six catches for 140 yards and a score.

Copyright © 2018, The Virginia Gazette