Tiny Wofford College Smashes The University of Tennessee/Chattanooga, 56-7!!

Wofford Smashes The University of Tennessee/Chattanooga, 56-7

Defending Southern Conference champion Wofford College was back in action yesterday, taking on The University of Tennessee/Chattanooga after having a week off. Wofford’s only loss this season was a last-minute upset loss to The University of South Carolina, playing before 86,000 fans in Carolina’s Bryce Stadium.

Saturday was a day for big plays as No. 9 Wofford (4-1/2-0) scored five of their seven touchdowns from 20 yards or more to claim a 56-7 win over Chattanooga (1-6/0-3). For Wofford, the victory over Chattanooga is yet another a measure of a program that graduated 17 seniors, lost 13 of 24 starters and still finds itself with a 4-1 record and ranked ninth in the country.

Coming off a 9-4 record, an appearance in the FCS quarterfinals and a share of the Southern Conference championship, many observers thought that Wofford would be too inexperienced to make a serious run at national honors in 2008. But Wofford coach Mike Ayers wasn’t one of those doubters. “To a certain extent, I’m not surprised,” said Ayers, now in his 21st year as head coach. “After spring ball, we felt we had a number of older kids that knew what we were trying to do.”

Add to that maybe the best freshman class in school history and the Terriers have been able to climb to unexpected heights. “We’ve worked really hard on our guys from the start to pressure them into maturing more quickly,” explained Ayers, who has team tied for first place with Appalachian State and Elon in the SoCon with a 2-0 record.

In Wofford’s complex, triple-option offensive system, discipline and execution are paramount to success and those attributes were apparent in large supply as the Terriers rolled to a 56-7 Southern Conference victory over Tennessee- Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon before 8,394 fans at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium.

Quarterback Ben Widmyer, who took over the controls of the wingbone attack from the graduated Josh Collier, got the Terriers rolling early with a 75-yard option run for a touchdown on Wofford’s second offensive play. After Chattanooga scored to even the game at seven apiece, Wofford went on to score 49 unanswered points.

Widmyer, who finished with eight carries for 158 yards and completed 3-of-5 passes for 110 yards and two scores, gave the Terriers the lead for good with 8:30 left in the second period on a 35-yard TD jaunt. After he fired a scoring strike of 28 yards to tight end Fenn Allen, connected with true freshman Eric Breitenstein on a 32-yard wheel route to set up Breitenstein’s five-yard TD burst and hit Andy Strickland on a 50-yard touchdown aerial, Widmyer retired to the sidelines just 62 seconds into the second half as the Terriers held a 35-7 lead.

Nevertheless, even with Widmyer and most of the starters watching, the Wofford reserves continued to play with precision on a day when the Terriers piled up 564 yards of total offense. And for Wofford, the remainder of the second half ended up being more of the same, as the ninth-ranked Terriers pulled away with big plays to end the game with 56 points.

Update: On Tuesday, October 14th, The Sports Network’s FCS College Football Poll Ranked Wofford College 4th in the nation.

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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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The Article from Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wofford College played The Citadel on Saturday and came away with a 28-7 win, scoring 21 big points in the second-half. Wofford improves to 5-1 for the season and are 3-0 in conference play. The Terriers are in first place in the Southern Conference and ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). A photograph is included.

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Tiny Wofford College Wins Again: Conquers The Citadel by Score of 28-7

Tiny Wofford College Conquers The Citadel by a Score of 28-7

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Wofford’s Kevious Johnson

Wofford College went down to play The Citadel at Johnson-Hagood Stadium in Charleston (SC) on Saturday afternoon and came away with a 28-7 win, scoring 21 big points in the second half.  The Terriers had rushing touchdowns from Justice Joslin, Dane Romero, Josh Collier and Michael Hobbs in the game, and the defense had a strong showing as well.  Wofford improves to 5-1 on the season and are 3-0 in conference play.  The Citadel dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Southern Conference.  The Terriers are presently in first place in the Southern Conference and currently ranked No. 8 in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)

The Terriers were led by Kevious Johnson with 77 yards on twelve carries, as eleven different players ran the ball in the game.  Josh Collier had 87 yards passing on 4-of-11 passing.  Fenn Allen led the Wofford receivers with one catch for 31 yards.  At the end of the first-half, the game was tied at 7-7.  In the second- half, Wofford broke the game wide open with the three touchdowns that gave them the 28-7 victory.  Wofford now has defeated The Citadel nine straight times, dating back to 1999.  Wofford has also won five straight games against The Citadel when playing in Charleston (SC).

Next weekend the Wofford will host Gardner-Webb in a home non-conference game at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg (SC).  The game is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm.

David and Goliath

Personal Thought: It’s possible that the final NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Championship Game could turn to be a be a David and Goliath matchup.  Further, the Wofford Terriors are beginning to look more and more like David as the season progress.

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My Article for Saturday, September 29, 2007

Tiny Wofford College Wins Again: Wofford Crushes Furman University, 45-20

Wofford Crushes Furman University, 45-20

Wofford College Crushes Furman University, 45-20

Wofford College, which toppled FCS (Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA) top-ranked Appalachian State University last week, continued its winning ways Saturday night, beating Southern Conference rival Furman University at Paladin Stadium in Greenville (SC) by a score of 45-20. The Terriers were led with three touchdowns by Kevious Johnson and two touchdowns by Josh Collier. On defense, Brian Ford and Kevin Adleman each had interceptions. With the win, Wofford improves to 4-1 on the season and are 2-0 in conference play, while Furman drops to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the Southern Conference.

Kevious Johnson

Wofford-Furman Highlights 

We had a great team effort tonight and that is what it took to win the game,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Furman is an excellent football team and they do a great job. We have come up with a few things that we think helped us. Mixing in the pass on offense with the run on the option stuff helped us. I can’t say enough about the kids. The coaches did an excellent job getting ready. It is still a long season and we have a ways to go and must get better each week.”

Next weekend, the Terriers will travel to The Citadel in Charleston, S. C. The game will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and will be televised on SportSouth. Last year, Wofford defeated The Citadel by a score of 28-21.

Wofford College Upsets FCS Top-Ranked Appalachian State University

Wofford College, the smallest school in Division I football, entered its showdown with Division I-AA’s (FCS) top-ranked Appalachian State searching for an identity and left with a victory that could open the way to a landmark season.

The Terriers ran for 316 yards and had four touchdowns in the second half to beat the two-time defending I-AA champion Mountaineers 42-31. The loss ended ASU’s 17-game winning streak and was its first Southern Conference defeat since 2003.

We did not play well the week before (in a loss at I-A North Carolina State University), and not many people gave us a chance Saturday,” Wofford coach Mike Ayers said Sunday. “I think that created a bunch of players with a chip on the shoulder who wanted to prove they could play with the team that beat Michigan this season.”

Kevious Johnson ran for 98 yards for the Terriers (3-1), who had not beaten ASU (3-1) since 2003. “They come at you like a hurricane, and the next thing you know you’re behind by three or four scores,” Ayers said. “We had to weather those storms. We had to make it a four-quarter fight, not a one-round knockout, and we did.”

Note: On September 1st, Appalachian State defeated The University of Michigan, which at that time was ranked No. 5 among Division I schools. The score of that upset win was: Appalachian State 34, The University of Michigan 32.

Wofford College vs. The University of South Carolina (2006)

Now here’s an inspirational sporting event: It was just about a year ago that Wofford College, smallest Division I school in the nation) played against The University of South Carolina and almost upset the Carolina Gamecocks. Wofford’s final drive in the game took the Terriers down to the South Carolina 10-yard line, but a fumble on the fourth down ended any hopes of an upset as the Gamecocks managed to hold on for a 27-20 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC. The Terriers brought the score within one touchdown with 4:43 on the clock as Josh Collier hit Andy Strickland for a 25-yard touchdown pass. Wofford then stopped USC on its next possession before mounting its final drive covering 51 yards with just one timeout remaining. “I can’t describe how proud I am of the guys,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Our coaching staff worked their tails off. We came down here with the mindset that we could win.”

Wofford College vs. The University of South Carolina (1:38 into the video)

Final Score: The University of South Carolina 27, Wofford 20 (USC wins with 5 sec. remaining in the game)

Wofford College Through the Years

Wofford College is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States that were founded prior to the Civil War, which still operates and remains on its original campus. The Wofford College campus has been named a National Historic District. It has five of the six original college buildings, all of which are in use today for various purposes. The beauty of its campus has resulted in its designation as an officially registered South Carolina arboretum.

Wofford is presently becoming known in the wider academic world as a true “Phoenix rising from the ashes.” It was devastated by the loss of almost its entire endowment as a result of the Civil War. However, despite its meager financial resources, Wofford proudly struggled through the next twelve decades to provide an academically challenging education to its small student body. One illustration of the sterling academic quality maintained by the college is the fact that forty-two Wofford alumni have gone on to serve as college and university presidents.

For example, through the years Wofford graduates and faculty have included the Founders or Presidents/Chancellors of Duke University, Vanderbilt University, The Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Southern Methodist University, Hendrix College, Randolph-Macon College and Mary Washington College. A former President of the college went on to become the President of Southern Methodist University, Drew University and, finally, Chancellor of The University of North Carolina (as well as head of the entire University of North Carolina educational system).

Today, gaining increasing national recognition as an academic “jewel” in the South, its endowment has been increasing rapidly and a significant new endowment drive has recently been inaugurated. There has been an unprecedented acceleration of the restoration and construction of student residences, academic, recreation and sports facilities. It is also presently distinguished by being the smallest college in the nation (1,500 students) with sports teams competing (quite successfully) in both men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletics.

Academically, Wofford has been focusing upon a significant expansion of its faculty, with new faculty members currently being drawn to teach at the college from some of the most prestigious universities in the country. For many years, Wofford served students who came, for the most part, from South Carolina and its immediate surrounding areas. Presently, it’s become quite competitive in attracting exceptionally talented students from across the nation, as well as from abroad. In the 2007 U. S. News & World Report rankings of National Liberal Arts Colleges, Wofford’s national ranking is now in the company of such selective, prestigious colleges as: Pitzer College (CA), Lawrence University (WI), Reed College (OR), Wheaton College (MA), Agnes Scott College (GA) and Earlham College (IN). In the more recently released college rankings by The Washington Monthly, Wofford is ranked 29th out of 202 National Liberal Arts Colleges.

Wofford College: Old Main

Wofford Through the Years

Wofford College: Making the Connections

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SI’s College Football Fashion Gems: Top Ten Chic College Football Uniforms

Kevious Johnson: Wofford

Number 6: Tiny Wofford College

Wofford vs. The University of South Carolina, 2006

Here’s Real Inspiration!!

(Click Image for Video)

For coverage of Wofford’s 2007 football games, and the 2006 Wofford vs. The University of South Carolina video, go here.

According to SI.Com, the web site for Sports Illustrated, the top 10 best uniforms in college football are:

1. The University of Texas
2. The University of Michigan
3. Auburn University
4. Yale University
5. The University of Notre Dame
6. Wofford College
7. Ohio State University
8. Georgia Southern University
9. The University of Southern California
10. The University of Georgia

Here’s a link to the Sports Illustrated football “fashion” photo essay:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0706/campus.bestuniforms/content.5.html

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