Scores

Final

Gardner-Webb 14

(1-3, 0-3 away)

Samford 41

(2-2, 0-2 Southern)

3:00 PM ET, October 1, 2011

Seibert Stadium, Birmingham, AL

1 2 3 4 T
WEBB 7 0 0 714
SAM 17 10 7 741

Top Performers

Passing: D. Taliaferro (SAM) - 290 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: K. Little (WEBB) - 27 CAR, 162 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Pope (SAM) - 6 REC, 125 YDS, 1 TD

Samford 41, Gardner-Webb 14

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Dustin Taliaferro threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns to lead Samford to a 41-14 victory over Gardner-Webb on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (2-2) of the Southern Conference led 7-0 before Taliaferro and the offense got their hands on the ball. Phillip Ketcham blocked Graham Purvis' punt on the first possession by the Runnin' Bulldogs (1-3) of the Big South Conference and Stanley Robinson returned it 13 yards for a score.

Taliaferro found Kelsey Pope for a 60-yard touchdown in the first quarter and Chris Cephus for a 25-yard score on a fourth-down play in the second quarter as Samford built a 27-7 halftime lead.

Taliaferro, who completed 16 of 29 passes, got his third touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, a 7-yarder to Kelvin Clay.

Gardner-Webb's Kenny Little had 27 carries for 162 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WEBB
SAM
1st Downs2020
Total Yards331464
Passing127304
Rushing204160
Penalties7-607-70
3rd Down Conversions4-1610-21
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers10
Possession30:5529:05

Passing Leaders

Gardner-WebbC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson7/20773.910
SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Taliaferro16/2929010.030

Rushing Leaders

Gardner-WebbCARYDSAVGTDLG
Little271626.0142
Rhodes66410.7038
SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Truss13866.6134
Gates11373.4013

Receiving Leaders

Gardner-WebbRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perry III23216.0019
Dugas13131.0031
SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pope612520.8160
Walters25226.0040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWEBBSAM
TD12:49Stanley Robinson 13 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Cameron Yaw Kick) 07
TD08:57Kelsey Pope 60 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Cameron Yaw Kick) 014
TD04:53Jordan Paul 24 Yd Pass From Exavier Johnson (Trever Austin Kick) 714
FG02:07Cameron Yaw 27 Yd 717
SECOND QUARTERWEBBSAM
FG08:13Cameron Yaw 20 Yd 720
TD07:05Chris Cephus 25 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Cameron Yaw Kick) 727
THIRD QUARTERWEBBSAM
TD10:00Fabian Truss 17 Yd Run (Cameron Yaw Kick) 734
FOURTH QUARTERWEBBSAM
TD14:55Kelvin Clay 7 Yd Pass From Dustin Taliaferro (Cameron Yaw Kick) 741
TD14:19Kenny Little 42 Yd Run (Trever Austin Kick) 1441