NCAA Football

Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (7-5)


Gardner-Webb tops E Kentucky 52-41 for 1st FCS playoff win

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) Narii Gaither rushed for a career-high 245 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Bailey Fisher ran for three more and Gardner-Webb made its first-ever FCS playoff appearance memorable with a 52-41 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (7-5) led 31-27 at half and took the game over in the third quarter when Fisher hit T.J. Luther for a 12-yard touchdown pass and ran in from 12 and 16 yards for a 52-27 lead. It's the most points they scored this season since the opener against an Division II playoff qualifer.

Now the Big South automatic qualifier goes to fifth-seeded William & Mary next Saturday. Gardner-Webb lost in the NAIA championship 30 years ago and became FCS eligible 20 years ago. In the two years the Bulldogs won Big South titles, the league didn't have an automatic berth in the playoffs.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: B. Fisher2837
Passing TDs: B. Fisher19
Rushing Yards: N. Gaither930
Rushing TDs: B. Fisher11
Receiving Yards: T. Luther1134
Receiving TDs: T. Luther8
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2022
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/1 vs. Limestone College W 56 - 21
9/10 at Coastal Carolina L 27 - 31
9/17 at Elon L 24 - 30
9/24 vs. Mercer L 14 - 45
10/1 at Marshall L 7 - 28
10/8 at Robert Morris W 48 - 0
10/15 at Liberty L 20 - 21
10/22 at Charleston Southern W 28 - 14
10/29 vs. Bryant W 48 - 40
11/12 at Campbell W 42 - 35
11/19 vs. North Carolina A&T W 38 - 17
11/26 at Eastern Kentucky W 52 - 41
12/3 at William & Mary 11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET7:00 GMT3:00 北京时间12:00 MST1:00 CST2:00 EST
Big South
  Conference Overall
Gardner-Webb 5-0 7-5
North Carolina A&T 4-1 7-4
Campbell 2-3 5-6
Bryant 2-3 4-7
Charleston Southern 2-3 2-8
Robert Morris 0-5 0-11
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 5364 (6)
Passing Yards: 3229 (11)
Rushing Yards: 2135 (24)
Points per game: 33.7 (21)
Yards per game: 447.0 (15)
Touchdowns: 53 (9)
Field Goals: 9 (73)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4513 (81)
Passing Yards: 3077 (112)
Rushing Yards: 1436 (28)
Points per game: 26.9 (56)
Yards per game: 376.1 (60)
Touchdowns: 38 (65)
Field Goals: 10 (75)