Wofford College Claims Southern Conference Title, Defeats College of Charleston 74-68!

Wofford College Claims Southern Conference Title, Defeats College of Charleston 74-68!

Wofford College claimed the regular season Southern Conference championship with a 74-68 win over the College of Charleston on Thursday night at Benjamin Johnson Arena. In front of a sold-out crowd, the Terriers used a 14-0 run to take the lead in the first half and held on for the win.  Wofford has won nine in a row and is 22-8 on the season and 14-3 in the Southern Conference.

With the win, the Terriers have claimed the #1 seed in the South Division in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament.  In addition, Wofford has claimed the conference’s automatic bid to the NIT Tournament if they do not reach the NCAA Tournament as the regular season champion.  The Terriers will play the final home game of the season against The Citadel on Saturday at 7:00 pm.

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Photos of the Day: Little Davidson Wins Again in NCAA Tourney

Little Davidson College Keeps Winning in the NCAA Tourney

Little Davidson College has always fought hard amidst some of the perennial giants of college basketball, but it invariably has had to play outside of the spotlight that consistently shines upon North Carolina, Duke and other power basketball programs in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the SEC. Davidson is a member of The Southern Conference, a conference comprised mostly of small colleges. Nevertheless, Southern Conference teams are known to pull off real sports-world shockers. For example, who can forget tiny Wofford College, the country’s smallest college playing NCAA Division-I sports, and its 69-66 basketball upset of Purdue University in the Las Vegas Classic earlier this year.

Wofford Stuns Purdue in Last 2 Seconds, Wins 69-66

Tiny Wofford College Upsets Purdue, 69-66

Nevertheless, it really does take a lot for a Southern Conference team to get noticed around ACC country. But this year, Stephen Curry and the Davidson Wildcats have certainly earned their wonderful moment on the greatest stage in the game. They are swinging into the NCAA tournament’s Round of 16, singing the team’s theme song, Sweet Caroline, all the way to Detroit.

Little Davidson College Upsets Georgetown University, 74-70

Davidson earlier had posted a first-round win against seventh-seeded Gonzaga, with Stephen Curry pouring in 40 points during that game. On Sunday night, in a true David vs. Goliath matchup, Curry scored 30 points, including 25 in the second half, as No. 10-seeded Davidson College rallied to stun No. 2 Georgetown, 74-70. In the second-round game at the RBC Center in the Midwest Region, it was Curry’s stunning scoop layup with 3 minutes 51 seconds remaining that broke a 60-60 tie and gave Davidson the lead for good. The Wildcats, who now have won an NCAA-best 24 games in a row, will face third-seeded Wisconsin in the regional semifinals in Detroit on Friday.

Davidson College: Honor and Excellence

Read more about Davidson College’s amazing upset win over Georgetown University in The Washington Post, here.

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Tiny Wofford Upsets Purdue 69-66 in the Las Vegas Classic

Tiny Wofford Tops Purdue University, 69-66

As the fourth-smallest school in the nation that plays NCAA Division I basketball, Wofford College, from The Southern Conference, knows that going on the road into tough environments is unavoidable.  But after seeing what has happened the past three seasons, the Terriers like that just fine.  Shane Nichols hit a running layup with 2.1 seconds remaining as Wofford upset Purdue 69-66 Wednesday night in a second-round game of the Las Vegas Classic.

Its a big win, no doubt, but we know we are capable of going into a place like this and winning,” Nichols said.  “We are used to playing a tough non-conference schedule.”  Two seasons ago the Wofford won at Cincinnati and last year host Auburn University fell victim.

Wofford was on the verge of losing to a major-conference opponent when Purdue took a 55-48 lead with 9:24 remaining in the game.  That six-point deficit didn’t concern Wofford coach Mike Young, whose team had yet to win a road game this season.  “They’re not gonna surprise us,” he said.  “Wisconsin had a sellout with 17,000 people and we werent at full strength there.  Now this may not have been the biggest Mackey (Arena) crowd, but when they had those six straight points in a row you could feel the place shake a little bit.”

Using a quick 9-0 spurt that turned into a 15-6 run, the Terriers led 63-60 on four straight points from Junior Salters with 2:30 to go.  A pair of free throws from Scott Martin and a one-handed dunk from Keaton Grant helped Purdue (7-3) regain the lead at 64-63 with 1:48 left.  Chris Kramer’s layup put the Boilermakers up by three with 1:26 remaining.

With where we have played and what we have gone through, we knew that being down by three points with time left on the clock was something we could overcome,” Nichols said.  Nichols is a big reason why.  The senior guard drained a deep three-pointer with 50 seconds left and then, after Purdue’s Terrance Crump committed a turnover, cut through traffic and somehow managed to get off a shot despite being hounded by several Boilermakers defenders.  “There was a lot of confidence, because I knew either the game would go into overtime or we would win,” Nichols said of the final play.  “I glanced at the clock, put my head down and drove to the basket. Only after I got knocked to the floor and looked up did I know it went in.”

What was Young’s message to his team during a timeout he called with 24.3 seconds left?  “We were looking for me to get out of the way and for (Drew) Gibson or Nichols to make a play,” he said.  Purdue coach Matt Painter was not surprised to see Wofford hang around after falling behind by 10 points in the first half and then by six midway through the second half.  “They made the necessary offensive and defensive plays,” he said.  “We had a few good plays and some defensive stops, but there were some lapses (with) four missed free throws. You have a tendency that when you lose games, you only look at breakdownsWofford made the plays necessary to win.  Down the stretch, they made some big three-pointers.  Give them creditThey were well-prepared,” Grant said.  “We think we are invincible in Mackey and we thought that would carry us through tonight.  It didn’t.”

Both teams travel to Las Vegas for two more games in the Classic.  Purdue (7-3) plays Iowa State and Wofford meets Texas Southern on Saturday.  The tournament finishes play on Sunday.

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Tiny Wofford College Defeats The University of Montana in the NCAA FCS Playoffs

Updates:

  • Wofford is leading The University of Montana 10-6 , with 1:03 left to play in the half. With 24-seconds left to play in the half, Montana makes the score 13-10. At the end of the half, Montana leads by a score of 13-10.
  • Fourth quarter, 10:42 to play, Montana is leading by a score of 16-10. Wofford’s now threatening to score, has the ball at Montana’s 6-yard line. Josh Collier throws a pass to Strickland for a Wofford touchdown!! Wofford now leads The University of Montana by a score of 17-16!!
  • Montana returns with a quick touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed, , making the score 22-17. Wofford now trails by 5 points.
  • 36 seconds to play, Wofford Terriers have a first-down on the Montana 6 yard-line.
  • With 32 seconds left, Wofford scores again!! Wofford now leads Montana by a score of 23-22.
  • It’s all coming down to a 48-yard Montana field goal kick. Field goal kick is MISSED!!
  • Wofford College defeats The University of Montana by a score of 23-22!!

Final Scoreboard: Wofford 23, Montana 22

 

Wofford Defeats The University of Montana

Official Recap of the Game:

Wofford College traveled west and came back home with a 23-22 win over previously undefeated Montana. Wofford will host a Quarterfinal NCAA FCS Playoff game next Saturday at Gibbs Stadium at home in Spartaanburg (SC). Wofford is now 9-3 on the season, while the Big Sky Conference Champion Grizzlies ended the season at 11-1.

Wofford was led by Kevious Johnson with 145 yards rushing on 20 carries. Dane Romero, Andy Strickland and Michael Hobbs had touchdowns, while Patrick Mugan had a field goal. Montana was led by Lex Hilliard with 123 yards on 29 carries.

I am proud of our players, proud of the staff and we hung together,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “The caliber of players and coaches here is something that we really admire. They are fundamentally sound and have no weakness. It was an awesome crowd that was tough and classy. We knew that to win, we were going to need to do it together. The kids kept playing and executing and the perimeter blocking was exceptional. The offense played well, and the defense came up big with limiting them to field goals.”

Montana won the opening coin toss and elected to defer to the second half. On the first play from scrimmage for the Terriers, Kevious Johnson fumbled the ball, which was recovered by the Grizzlies. The Wofford defense started strong and forced a three-and-out by the Montana offense. On the next drive by the Terriers, the offense gained one first down before Josh Collier was intercepted by Reggie Bradshaw. The Terriers defense continued to stop the Grizzlies, as Jared McCollough came up with a sack and Montana was forced to punt again. The Terriers offense settled down and drove 80 yards in 16 plays and scored on a 31-yard field goal by Patrick Mugan. Wofford took a 3-0 lead with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, the Grizzlies were able to tie the game with a 37-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter at 14:45. Back on offense, Wofford was able to put together a nine play drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Dane Romero at 10:07. However, Montana scored on their next drive when Dan Carpenter made a 25-yard field goal at 5:51 in the second quarter. Wofford was forced three-and-out on their next possession and punted. Following the punt, Montana scored on a nine yard pass from Cole Bergquist to Dan Beaudin with 24 seconds left in the half for a 13-10 lead.

Montana had the ball to start the second half. After gaining one first down, the Wofford defense held and on a fake punt prevented the first down. Following a first down gained by Josh Collier, the Terriers turned the ball over for the third time in the game when Collier was intercepted by Quinton Jackson. After the turnover, the Wofford defense once again stepped up to the challenge and after a sack by Seth Goldwire forced a three-and-out. Wofford was able to gain three first downs, but were stopped on a fourth-and-six, turning the ball over on downs.

Montana drove Wofford to the one-yard line, but had to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter for a 16-10 lead at 12:59 in the fourth quarter. After the score, Wofford was able to complete the first pass of the day, a 34-yard completion to Andy Strickland at 12:43 in the fourth quarter. The drive continued with a fourth-and-five from the six yard line when Josh Collier found Andy Strickland in the left corner of the endzone for the touchdown. Wofford took a 17-16 lead with 7:47 left in the game.

The lead was short-lived as Lex Hilliard scored from one-yard out with six minutes to go in the game. The two-point conversion attempt was incomplete, giving Montana a 22-17 lead. Wofford responded with a six yard touchdown run up the middle by Michael Hobbs with only 32 seconds left in the game. The two-point attempt was ruled incomplete, giving Wofford a 23-22 lead. But Montana still had time, moving the ball to the 30-yard line with four seconds left. The 47-yard field goal attempt by Montana’s Dan Carpenter was wide left as time expired, giving Wofford the win.

The Terriers advance in the NCAA FCS Playoffs and will be at home next weekend against The University of Richmond.

The Final Boxscore is here.

Background:

Wofford College, the smallest college in NCAA Division I, is facing The University of Montana on Saturday, November 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The game will mark the second time in the past five years that the Wofford Terriers have advanced to the Playoffs. Wofford won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the Playoffs.

This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals.

The University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth. The University of Montana (11-0), which is making its 18th tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams are Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the number- four seed, Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).

Interested readers can learn more about the Wofford Terrier’s football season here.

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Wofford Plays The University of Montana Today in the NCAA FCS Playoffs

Updates:

  • Wofford is leading The University of Montana 10-6 , with 1:03 left to play in the half. With 24-seconds left to play in the half, Montana makes the score 13-10. At the end of the half, Montana leads by a score of 13-10.
  • Fourth quarter, 10:42 to play, Montana is leading by a score of 16-10. Wofford’s now threatening to score, has the ball at Montana’s 6-yard line. Josh Collier throws a pass to Strickland for a Wofford touchdown!! Wofford now leads The University of Montana by a score of 17-16!!
  • Montana returns with a quick touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed, , making the score 22-17. Wofford now trails by 5 points.
  • 36 seconds to play, Wofford Terriers have a first-down on the Montana 6 yard-line.
  • With 32 seconds left, Wofford scores again!! Wofford now leads Montana by a score of 25-22.
  • It’s all coming down to a 48-yard Montana field goal kick. Field goal kick is MISSED!!
  • Wofford College defeats The University of Montana by a score of 25-22!!

Wofford College, the smallest college in NCAA Division I, is facing The University of Montana on Saturday, November 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The game will mark the second time in the past five years that the Wofford Terriers have advanced to the Playoffs. Wofford won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the Playoffs.

This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals.

The University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth. The University of Montana (11-0), which is making its 18th tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams are Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the number- four seed, Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).

Interested readers can learn more about the Wofford Terrier’s football season here.

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Tiny Wofford College Chosen to Play in the NCAA FCS Playoffs

Wofford College, the smallest college in NCAA Division I, will face The University of Montana on Saturday, November 24 at 2:05 p.m. ET in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The game will mark the second time in the past five years that the Wofford Terriers have advanced to the Playoffs. Wofford won the Southern Conference automatic bid to the Playoffs.

This has been a very blessed season,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “We have a great group of players who fight the fight. I think we have the best coaching staff in America, who are very committed to the program. The Wofford faithful have been behind us all the way this season as well. The week off has given us a chance to get healthy and work on the fundamentals.

The University of Northern Iowa University (11-0) tops the bracket as the top seed after capturing the automatic qualifying berth from the Gateway Football Conference. Second-seeded McNeese State University (11-0) captured the Southland Conference automatic berth. The University of Montana (11-0), which is making its 18th tournament appearance, is the number-three seed. Rounding out this year’s seeded teams are Southern Illinois University (10-1) with the number- four seed, Appalachian St. (9-2), Delaware (8-3), Massachusetts (9-2) and Richmond (9-2).

Interested readers can learn more about the Wofford Terrier’s football season here.

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Football’s Magic Game Features 15 Laterals on Last Play to Winning Touchdown

A Division III football game on Saturday ended with a spectacular play that featured 15 lateral passes eating up a minute of time past the end of regulation and culminated in a touchdown that gave Trinity University of Texas a come-from-behind 28-24 victory over Millsaps University. The game, played in at Millsaps in Jackson, Mississippi, seemed to be all but over with two seconds left on the clock. Trinity was in possession in possession of the ball but behind. A forward pass was completed, but it appeared to fall far short of the end zone. Then the Trinitiy receiver lateraled the ball, and the recipient lateraled it again. This video of the unbelievable game ending shows the rest!!

Trinity University’s 15-Lateral Pass Final Play

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