SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Wofford SID) – The Wofford College football team defeated Johnson C. Smith 59-0 on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers started slow and had a 17-0 lead at the half before scoring 42 points in the second half, which included three defensive touchdowns.
Wofford moves to 2-1 on the season, while Johnson C. Smith is 0-3. Wofford was led by Lorenzo Long with 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Brad Butler was 10-of-12 passing for 124 yards and a touchdown. The Wofford defense held Johnson C. Smith to 18 net rushing yards and had eight tackles for loss. For the Golden Bulls, Jordan Lane was 4-of-9 passing and Harold Herbin had 17 rushing yards on seven carries. The teams combined for 21 penalties in the game.
“We are going to have to play a clean and more inspired game in the future,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “The defense played well and did a nice job breaking on the ball. They were not too cautious and were aggressive with a good technique. It was a good day for the defense. Part of the offensive game plan was to continue to work on the passing game. People in the league are always trying to figure out how to stop the run and we need to find a way to be a little more balanced. The more opportunities we can create the more we can stretch defenses and I thought we threw the ball well.”
The Terriers had the ball first and gained one first down before having to punt. On the punt, the return was fumbled and recovered by Mason Alstatt giving Wofford the ball at the 13-yard line. The drive was capped by a 2-yard touchdown run by Lorenzo Long for a 7-0 lead at the 11:46 mark of the first quarter. The Golden Bulls then gained a pair of first downs before having to punt. There was a fumble on the return, but a penalty for catch interference gave Wofford the ball at midfield. After a pair of first downs, the Terriers faced a fourth-and-five and the rush was short. Johnson C. Smith then went three-and-out and punted.
At the start of the second quarter, the Terriers were forced to punt. A running into the kicker penalty gave Wofford a first down. A first down run by Lorenzo Long was followed by a pass completion to Chandler Gouger for a first down. On fourth and three, Will Gay picked up the first down, but Lorenzo Long fumbled on the one yard line and the Golden Bulls recovered. A three-and-out forced a punt and Wofford took over at the 43-yard line. A first down run by Lennox McAfee was followed by a fumbled handoff, but it was recovered by Wofford. Lorezno Long then went in from 24-yards out to give the Terriers a 14-0 lead with 4:50 left in the first half.
The Golden Bulls had one first down before punting back to the Terriers. The return was muffed, but Wofford recovered and took over at the nine-yard line with 2:26 left in the second quarter. A long touchdown pass to Cole Cleary was negated by a penalty. First downs by Will Gay and Nick Colvin, along with a pass interference call, moved the ball to the 25-yard line. Lorenzo Long had a first down, but then a penalty backed up the Terriers. David Marvin kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Terriers a 17-0 lead at the half.
To open the second half, the Golden Bulls went three-and-out after a sack by Tyreik Lyles and punted. Wofford started at the 38-yard line and after a first down run by Lorenzo Long, he took it in for a 16-yard touchdown. The Terriers had a 24-0 lead with 11:17 on the clock in the third quarter. The Golden Bulls were backed up to the 6-yard line after a penalty to begin their next drive. On the first play, a fumble was recovered by Mikel Horton in the endzone for a touchdown. After the point after, Wofford had a 31-0 lead at the 11:04 mark of the third quarter.
On the next drive for Johnson C. Smith, they went three-and-out and punted. Wofford began at the two-yard line, but a 28-yard run by Lorenzo Long picked up a first down. Dorian Lindsey, Ellis Pace and Jason Hill added first downs before a 13-yard touchdown reception by Chandler Gouger from Brad Butler for a 38-0 lead at 4:49 in the third quarter. The Golden Bulls used a 39-yard reception to move into Wofford territory. On fourth down, Nick Ward intercepted a pass and returned it 81-yards for a touchdown and a 45-0 lead less than a minute into the fourth quarter.
Johnson C. Smith had another pass intercepted, this time Mason Alstatt returned it 54-yards for the touchdown as Wofford built a 52-0 lead. On the next drive by the Golden Bulls, they were forced to punt. Blake Morgan had a 47-yard run for a first down, which set-up a touchdown by Luke Childress for a 59-0 score with 7:30 left in the game. The Golden Bulls had a pair of first downs, but failed to convert a fourth-and-six and Wofford took over on downs. The Terriers gained one first down to run out the clock on the victory.
Wofford had 482 total yards, with 330 rushing. JSCU had 102 total yards, 84 of which were passing. Wofford had a 24 to eight advantage in first downs. Wofford was 7-of-12 on third downs and 1-of-2 on fourth down. JCSU was 3-of-12 on third down and 0-of-2 on fourth down. JCSU was called for 12 penalties, while Wofford was whistled nine times. JCSU had a 31:23 to 28:37 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. J.C. Smith Post-Game Notes
The Terrier defense did not allow a 100-yard rusher or a 100-yard receiver in the game while scoring three touchdowns. The shutout was the first for Wofford since a 16-0 win over Gardner-Webb on September 26, 2015.
Lorenzo Long had 127 rushing yards and three touchdowns. It marked his ninth career 100 yard game and he now has 2324 career rushing yards to rank 13th in school history.
The win marked the 200th career win for Coach Mike Ayers. He now has 189 wins at Wofford, along with 11 wins at East Tennessee State.
With the win over Johnson C. Smith, Wofford has won the last 16 home openers. The last home opening loss came in 2000 when the Terriers lost 34-14 to Lehigh on September 9. With Mike Ayers at the helm, Wofford is 21-8 in home openers.
Chandler Gouger caught his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter. Mikel Horton scored his first touchdown on a fumble recovery in the third quarter. Nick Ward had his second career interception and returned it for a touchdown. Mason Alstatt had his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown. Luke Childress scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Game captains were David Marvin, T.J. Novotny, Lincoln Stewart and Steven Cornellier.
Attendance was 5,417 at Gibbs Stadium.
Wofford remains at home next Saturday afternoon as they begin Southern Conference play against East Tennessee State at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3