Samford edges West Georgia

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Chris Evans rushed for 180 yards and two scores to help Samford slip by West Georgia 21-19 on Thursday night.

The Division I-A Bulldogs (1-0) needed a late interception to hold off the Wolves (0-1), a Division II team led by quarterback Sean Gray’s 315 passing yards and two scores. Samford quarterback Matt Malouf passed for 101 yards in the victory.

Evans put Samford ahead for good with a 54-yard touchdown run at 10:37 in the fourth quarter, as a late 87-yard TD pass from Gray wasn’t enough for West Georgia.

After Samford took the lead on a five-yard touchdown pass from Dustin Taliaferro, West Georgia tied the score at 7-7 at 11:59 in the second quarter on Gray’s first touchdown pass. West Georgia took the lead for the first time in the game on a second-quarter field goal, but Evans would make that West Georgia lead its last after a six-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

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