ELON , N.C. -- Scott Riddle threw for 452 yards and five touchdowns and Elon racked up 643 yards of total offense en route to a 45-14 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday in Southern Conference action.
Michael Johnson scored on a 1-yard run to pull the Catamounts (2-9, 1-7) to within seven, 14-7, with 8:57 left before halftime.
Riddle threw his third touchdown pass of the first half -- a 20-yard throw to Matt Eastman -- to give Elon a 21-7 halftime lead.
A 6-yard touchdown pass from Riddle to Aaron Mellette, a 2-yard scoring run by Brandon Newsome and a 31-yard field goal from Kenton Beal in the third pushed the Phoenix lead to 38-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Newsome finished with a game-high 128 rushing yards.
Navigate Research explained that the Big 12's old model -- 12 teams, eight league games, a conference championship -- is best for maximizing the chance of reaching the CFP.
Satellite-camp season opens June 1 after the close of the spring evaluation period, during which time head coaches are not allowed on the road.
Arizona State and UCLA have talent and experience, while some other teams are in a moment of transition.
A former Syracuse football player has been indicted on first-degree assault charges in connection with the stabbings of two former teammates.
Cal and Washington stand out for their strength and depth on the offensive line.
In spite of heightened speculation about potential Big 12 expansion, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby says he is not receiving phone calls or emails from schools wanting to join the conference.
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