Scores

Final

Elon 31

(4-3, 2-2 away)

Samford 43

(4-2, 3-1 home)

3:00 PM ET, October 15, 2011

Seibert Stadium, Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 T
ELON 0 17 14 031
SAM 10 14 13 643

Top Performers

Passing: T. Wilson (ELON) - 312 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: F. Truss (SAM) - 26 CAR, 191 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Mellette (ELON) - 15 REC, 171 YDS, 1 TD

Samford 43, Elon 31

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Behind the lead of Fabian Truss, Samford rushed for 348 yards and five touchdowns Saturday in a 43-31 victory over Elon in Southern Conference play.

Truss ran roughshod over the Phoenix (4-3, 2-2), carrying the ball 26 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns. His second score came on a 64-yard run in the second quarter.

Samford (4-2, 2-2) led early, 24-7, but Elon kept it close behind the passing of quarterback Thomas Wilson. He completed 35 of 61 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns -- one to Aaron Mellette, who caught 15 passes for 171 yards.

Although Wilson was also intercepted four times, Elon got back into it in the third quarter. A 16-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown by A.J. Harris and a short touchdown run cut it to 37-31 entering the fourth quarter. But Samford's defense stifled Elon and Truss' 1-yard TD clinched it.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ELON
SAM
1st Downs2421
Total Yards371463
Passing312115
Rushing59348
Penalties5-1247-75
3rd Down Conversions11-197-18
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers63
Possession28:1831:32

Passing Leaders

ElonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson35/603125.224
SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taliaferro16/211155.501

Rushing Leaders

ElonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris10393.909
Taylor10383.8116
SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss261917.3364
Sillers88110.1134

Receiving Leaders

ElonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mellette1517111.4131
Harris8546.8020
SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hawkins88911.1020
Walters11818.0018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERELONSAM
FG11:50Cameron Yaw 21 Yd 03
TD05:13Jonathan Sillers 2 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERELONSAM
TD14:15Aaron Mellette 5 Yd Pass From Thomas Wilson (Adam Shreiner Kick) 710
TD10:15Fabian Truss 64 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 717
TD03:59Kelsey Pope 14 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 724
TD01:52Christian Dennis 5 Yd Pass From Thomas Wilson (Adam Shreiner Kick) 1424
FG00:09Adam Shreiner 50 Yd 1724
THIRD QUARTERELONSAM
TD13:03Fabian Truss 3 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 1731
FG10:24Cameron Yaw 29 Yd 1734
FG08:20Cameron Yaw 20 Yd 1737
TD02:55A.J. Harris 16 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Adam Shreiner Kick) 2437
TD00:16Dontay Taylor 2 Yd Run (Adam Shreiner Kick) 3137
FOURTH QUARTERELONSAM
TD08:15Fabian Truss 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 3143