COLUMBIA, S.C. (Limestone SID) – Freshman quarterback Ivan Corbin (Warner Robins, Ga.) threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns while the defense forced four turnovers and recorded five sacks, leading the Limestone College football team to a 19-13 win over Benedict College on Saturday, September 10.
Score: Limestone 19, Benedict 13
Records: Limestone (2-0), Benedict (1-1)
Location: Charlie W. Johnson Stadium
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
– Redshirt-junior D’Anta Fleming (Greer, S.C.) finished with four catches for 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns
– Freshman Shyheim Perry (Sumter, S.C.) added his first career reception – a 6-yard touchdown
– Junior Vyncint Smith (Columbia, S.C.) recorded 78 yards on six receptions
– Redshirt-sophomore Ga’Quan Maize (Florence, S.C.) posted 102 all-purpose yards, surpassing 100 all-purpose yards for the second straight week – he finished with 76 rushing and 26 receiving
– Redshirt-junior Titus Williams (Greenwood, S.C.) registered six tackles and a fumble recovery
– Redshirt-junior Joey Felder (Effingham, S.C.) chipped in four tackles and a sack
– Limestone racked up 324 total offensive yards while the defense limited the Tigers to 184 yards
HOW IT HAPPENED
It appeared the Tigers would take an early lead following a 59-yard punt return by George Myers, Jr., but the defense held strong with a short field and forced the home team to attempt a field goal. Redshirt-sophomore Malik Wilson (Columbia, S.C.) got around the edge and blocked the attempt.
The Saints orchestrated a 16-play, 60-yard drive on the ensuing possession, but the drive stalled and the Blue and Gold missed out on grabbing the lead when sophomore Griffin Martin (Goose Creek, S.C.) missed wide right on a 36-yard field goal attempt.
Limestone jumped out to a 6-0 lead on the very first play of the second quarter, capping a 7-play, 47-yard drive when Corbin found Fleming in the corner of the endzone for a 19-yard scoring strike. The Saints gambled early on the drive as Maize converted a 4th-and-3 with hard 3-yard run off right tackle.
After the Blue and Gold missed a 36-yard field goal late in the opening half, the defense once again came up big as they recovered a Tiger fumble at the Benedict 12-yard line. Two plays later, Corbin avoided a near sack, scrambled and found Perry wide-open for a six-yard touchdown pass.
Limestone struggled in the kicking game over the first 30 minutes, missing two field goals and two extra points. A week after holding Shaw to 97 yards of total offense, the defensive unit limited the Tigers to 11 first-half yards while forcing a pair of turnovers.
Benedict cut the lead in half to open the second half, marching 45 yards before quarterback Phillip Brown capped the drive with a 1-yard TD run. The ensuing extra point attempt was blocked by redshirt-sophomore Raymond Hall (Columbia, S.C.), making it a 12-6 game with 9:20 left in the third.
After a three-and-out by the Limestone offense, the Tigers took over at midfield and worked their way inside the 35-yard line. However, junior Joshua Simmons (Moncks Corner, S.C.) ended the drive with his sixth career interception.
The Saints turned that takeaway into points as Fleming’s second touchdown of the day, a 58-yard catch-and-run down the near sideline, put the Blue and Gold in front, 19-6, with 12:24 left in regulation. The Tigers climbed to within 19-13 with less than four minutes left, and then forced the Saints to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession.
Benedict started at its own 20-yard line with 2:06 remaining, but the Limestone defense once again took center stage as a five-yard sack on 2nd-and-2 by redshirt-junior Mason Dadian (Fletcher, N.C.) put the Tigers in a passing situation. Two incomplete passes later, the Saints took over on downs to wrap up the 19-13 win.
Facing a 4th-and-3 from Benedict’s 23-yard line, and having already missed a 36-yard field goal, the Saints decided to keep the offense on the field. Maize probably had his best run of the night in picking up the necessary yardage to keep the drive going, fighting his way to the 20-yard line. Limestone scored two plays later.
– Limestone has won consecutive games for the first time in team history
– The defensive unit has created 12 turnovers and has posted 13 sacks over the first two games
– A week after turning the ball over three times, the Limestone offense had 0 tonight
– The Saints have already matched it season win total from each of the past two years
After spending two weeks on the road, the Saints open up the 2016 home schedule when they host Mars Hill University at W.K. Brumbach Stadium on Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m.