BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. -- Kenny Cook had two touchdowns and 113 yards receiving as Gardner-Webb beat Furman 28-21 in the season opener for both teams.
Cook's diving 5-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter gave Gardner-Webb its only lead of the game and turned out to be the winning score.
Gardner-Webb trailed by 14 in the third quarter but two short touchdown runs by Juanne Blount cut Furman's lead to 21-20. Blount's latter score was set up by an interception by Ivan Toomer. Blount finished with 158 yards rushing.
Lucas Beatty also had a big day for Gardner-Webb with the two touchdown passes and 276 yards. His 49-yard pass to Cook in the third helped set up Blount's first touchdown.
Dillon Woodruff became the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener for Furman since 1956, but went just 7-for-16 with two interceptions.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.