NCAA Football

Mercer Bears (5-6)


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: C. Peevy1318
Passing TDs: C. Peevy8
Rushing Yards: D. Johnson386
Rushing TDs: D. Johnson4
Receiving Yards: T. James518
Receiving TDs: E. Dirrim4
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2020
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/5 at Vanderbilt Cancelled
9/12 vs. Western Carolina Postponed
9/19 at Wofford Postponed
10/10 at Jacksonville State L 28 - 34
10/17 vs. Furman Postponed
10/24 at Army West Point L 3 - 49
10/31 vs. Abilene Christian L 17 - 20
11/7 vs. ETSU Postponed
11/14 vs. Charleston Southern Postponed
11/21 at VMI Postponed
2/20 at Wofford L 14 - 31
2/27 vs. Citadel W 42 - 28
3/13 at VMI L 14 - 41
3/20 vs. Western Carolina W 45 - 28
3/27 at Chattanooga W 35 - 28
4/3 vs. Furman W 26 - 14
4/10 vs. ETSU W 21 - 13
4/17 at Samford L 20 - 44
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: 3663 (2)
Passing Yards: 1819 (15)
Rushing Yards: 1844 (3)
Points per game: 24.1 (46)
Yards per game: 333.0 (55)
Touchdowns: 32 (6)
Field Goals: 5 (55)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4126 (99)
Passing Yards: 2105 (97)
Rushing Yards: 2021 (99)
Points per game: 30.0 (76)
Yards per game: 375.1 (63)
Touchdowns: 40 (99)
Field Goals: 12 (99)