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Samford Bulldogs (4-3)


Samford douses Mercer's SoCon championship hopes 44-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Liam Welch threw for 443 yards and a touchdown, Jay Stanton ran for three scores, and Samford throttled No. 23 Mercer 44-20 on Saturday.

Mercer (5-6, 5-3 Southern Conference) entered needing a win against the Bulldogs combined with a VMI defeat against The Citadel to clinch its first-ever conference championship. But Samford (4-3, 4-3) raced to a 31-7 halftime lead to squash Mercer's hopes.

After Mitchell Fineran's 44-yard field goal put Samford up 3-0 with 4:02 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs' defense forced a three-and-out. Samford went on a seven-play, 72-yard drive that ended when DeMarcus Ware ran 30 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 lead.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: L. Welch2242
Passing TDs: L. Welch12
Rushing Yards: J. Stanton479
Rushing TDs: J. Stanton6
Receiving Yards: T. King609
Receiving TDs: M. Washington4
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2020
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/3 vs. Tennessee Tech Postponed
9/19 at Florida State Postponed
9/26 vs. Wofford Postponed
10/3 at Kennesaw State Postponed
10/10 at Furman Postponed
10/24 vs. Western Carolina Postponed
11/7 at Citadel Postponed
11/14 vs. VMI Postponed
11/21 at Chattanooga Postponed
2/20 at ETSU L 17 - 24
2/27 vs. Western Carolina W 55 - 27
3/6 at Furman L 37 - 44
3/13 vs. Wofford W 37 - 31
3/20 vs. VMI L 37 - 38
3/27 at Citadel W 55 - 7
4/10 at Chattanooga Cancelled
4/17 vs. Mercer W 44 - 20
Southern
  Conference Overall
11 Virginia Military 6-1 6-1
Chattanooga 3-1 3-2
22 ETSU 4-2 4-2
Mercer 5-3 5-6
Samford 4-3 4-3
Furman 3-4 3-4
Citadel 2-6 2-10
Wofford 1-4 1-4
Western Carolina 1-5 1-8
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3597 (4)
Passing Yards: 2472 (2)
Rushing Yards: 1125 (21)
Points per game: 40.3 (7)
Yards per game: 513.9 (7)
Touchdowns: 31 (7)
Field Goals: 15 (2)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3107 (91)
Passing Yards: 1622 (84)
Rushing Yards: 1485 (92)
Points per game: 27.3 (66)
Yards per game: 443.9 (90)
Touchdowns: 24 (85)
Field Goals: 8 (86)
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