WISE, Va. - The University of Charleston opened up a 24-9 halftime lead over Virginia-Wise and never trailed en route to a 38-15 Mountain East Conference victory Saturday.The Golden Eagles (1-2, 1-0 MEC) amassed 227 yards on the ground led by Leighton Settle, who gained 128 yards on 17 carries.UC struck on its first possession as C.J. Stallworth capped off a nine-play, 73-yard scoring drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. Two plays into Wise's first drive, UC's Torie Wagner picked off Ty Ryans' pass and raced 11 yards for a score. The Cavs (0-3, 0-2) responded with an 11-play, 67-yard scoring drive and Chris Grady finished it off with a 1-yard touchdown run, but Charleston responded with a six-play, 38-yard drive that culminated with a 42-yard field goal by Puma Nuredini to push the lead to 17-6.
On its next possession, UC marched 63 yards with Maurice Leak finishing off the drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Justin Lawrence. The Cavs added a field goal late in the first half to cut UC's lead to 24-9.The Eagles outscored the Cavs 14-0 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. Bam Harrison scored on a 25-yard interception return and Leak scored on a 1-yard sneak. SHEPHERD 28, URBANA 21: Sophomore running back Allen Cross rushed 25 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner on a 2-yard run with 4:30 left in regulation, to lead host Shepherd past Urbana.
Shepherd (3-0, 2-0) was led by junior quarterback Trae Tinsman, who completed 19 of 28 passes for 267 yards and a pair of scores. J.D. Mendenhall connected on 27 of 54 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns for Urbana (1-2, 1-1).Shepherd drove 70 yards on five plays for the game-winning score, which was set up by a 54-yard pass from Tinsman to Mitchell Pollard. Redshirt-freshman running back Jabre Lolley added 73 yards on 15 carries for the Rams.BOWIE STATE 16, CONCORD 10: Concord's comeback attempt come up just short as the Mountain Lions lost to Bowie State at Bulldog Stadium in Bowie, Md.
The Mountain Lions were led by junior wide receiver Darrick Williams, who caught a career-high eight passes for 67 yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Novak went 22 for 47 for 175 yards and ran for 29 yards and a touchdown.Concord (2-1) held advantages over Bowie State (2-1) in first downs (16-9), total yards (266-208) and passing yards (175-42).NOTRE DAME 34, WESLEYAN 25: Pedro Powell carried the ball 33 times for 173 yards as Notre Dame College downed West Virginia Wesleyan at Mueller Field in South Euclid, Ohio.
Ray Russ also threw for 308 yards and four touchdowns for the Falcons (2-1).Levaughn Hughes and Connor Arila had 100-yard receiving performances for the Bobcats (1-2) with 120 and 103 yards, respectively. Jeremy Mussleman went 23 for 42 with a pair of touchdowns and two interceptions for Wesleyan.