SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford College) – On a sunny and warm Saturday afternoon, the Wofford College football team defeated Presbyterian College 55-14 at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers ran for a season-high 411 yards while the defense held the Blue Hose to only 187 total yards on the day.
The Terriers move to 3-2 and Presbyterian is 1-4 overall. Wofford had eight different players score touchdowns in the contest. The team was led by Donovan Johnson with 98 rushing yards and a touchdown, while quarterback Evan Jacks ran for 70 yards and had 63 yards passing in his first career start. Ten different defense players had at least half tackle for loss. The Blue Hose were led by Blake Roberts with 50 yards and a touchdown.
“Overall we did some good stuff against a tough opponent,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “I thought defensively coach Teachey and his staff had a great game plan for PC. They are a football team that has good people and they do a good job of coaching. We made plays when we had to make plays both offensively and defensively. There were some mistakes and we will have to do a better job of making sure on those loose ends that we get them squared away. Today was a tough day physically and we lost a lot of guys, plus it was hot out there. Evan Jacks had a good week of practice and we felt there were some things that he could do in the match up so he started.”
The Blue Hose had the ball first and were forced three-and-out. Wofford picked up two first downs before a pass on fourth-and-ten was incomplete. Presbyterian went three-and-out and punted. The Terriers took over at the 19-yard line and put together a 15-play drive that ended with a four-yard touchdown run by Jonny Martin. Wofford had a 7-0 lead at the 1:56 mark of the first quarter.
Presbyterian was forced three-and-out and punted on their next possession. Wofford used a 46-yard completion to Will Gay from Evan Jacks to move into Blue Hose territory. Evan Jacks reached the ball over the pile on fourth-and-one from the one to take a 14-0 lead with 12:09 on the clock in the second quarter.
On the next drive for Presbyterian, they gained one first down before punting back to the Terriers. On the first play, Michael Weimer fumbled and it was recovered by Joaquin Ross, who returned it to the ten-yard line. Kaleb Griffin completed a nine-yard pass to Joey Gilky for a touchdown. The score was 14-7 at the 7:33 mark of the second quarter.
Wofford took over and completed a fourth-and-one with a Donovan Johnson run. Ray Smith added a 31-yard run before Caleb Lucas scored from two-yards out for a 21-7 lead with 5:41 left in the first half. Presbyterian was forced three-and-out and punted back to the Terriers. Wofford added to the lead when Michael Weimer found Will Irwin in the endzone from 29-yards out. The PAT was wide left for a 27-7 score with 3:41 remaining in the first half.
Presbyterian picked up two first downs, but a holding penalty forced a punt with thirty seconds left in the first half. Wofford had two runs for five yards by Donovan Johnson to end the half. At the break, the Terriers had a 306 to 78 edge in total offense.
To start the second half, Wofford had four first downs and the ten-play drive was capped by a four-yard touchdown run by Will Gay. The Terriers led 34-7 at the 11:32 mark of the third quarter. After another Presbyterian punt, Wofford took almost six minutes off the clock and scored on a two-yard run by Donovan Johnson. Paul Inclan kicked the point after for a 41-7 lead with 2:25 left in the third quarter. The Blue Hose gained a first down, but Mike McCrimon picked off a pass that was tipped by the intended receiver.
With the ball back, Wofford had a fourth-and-two but fumbled on the play. Presbyterian quarterback Kaleb Griffin was picked off by Hunter Thurley, who returned it 36-yards for a touchdown. Wofford led 48-7 at 14:06 in the fourth quarter.
After trading punts, Presbyterian took over with nine minutes left in the game. Tamyn Garrick was intercepted by Brion Anderson, who returned the ball to the 22-yard line. Lorenzo Long ran 22-yards up the middle for a touchdown on the first play of the series as Wofford took a 55-7 lead with 8:13 left in the game. Presbyterian then scored on a 12-play drive which was capped by a Blake Roberts 3-yard run. The score was 55-14 with 1:30 on the clock. Wofford ran out the clock to end the contest.
Wofford had 503 total yards, with 411 on the ground. Presbyterian had 187 total yards, 102 of which were passing. Wofford had 28 first downs, while Presbyterian had ten. Wofford was 7-of-14 on third downs and 3-of-5 on fourth downs. Presbyterian was 5-of-13 on third down. Presbyterian had seven penalties, while Wofford had one. Wofford had a 30:32 to 29:28 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. Presbyterian Post-Game Notes
Wofford and Presbyterian have met 83 times, with the series tied at 40-40-3 dating back to 1914. The series is the second longest between Wofford and an opponent (Wofford-Furman have played 86 times).
Wofford has won the last five meetings against Presbyterian, including a 35-28 win in Clinton to open the 2011 season.
Evan Jacks, a redshirt freshman from Johns Creek, Georgia, had his first career start at quarterback. He scored his first career touchdown in the second quarter.
Hunter Thurley recorded his first career interception and first career touchdown (36 yards) in the fourth quarter.
Lorenzo Long scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Wofford’s Conor Cannon and Presbyterian’s Ryan Bristow were ejected with 5:51 left in the game. Cannon will have to sit out next week’s game per SoCon policy.
Notable injuries in the contest for Wofford were S James Zotto (thumb), LB SeQuan Stanley (knee), and RB Cam Flowers (knee). Status will be updated later in the week.
Game captains were Jeff Ashley and Alvin Scioneaux.
Attendance was 7,820 at Gibbs Stadium.
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