SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College football team opened Southern Conference play with a 31-0 win over East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at Gibbs Stadium. The Terriers scored touchdowns on their first two drives of the game and the defense held the Bucs to only 76 yards of total offense and recorded nine tackles for loss in the contest for the win.
Wofford moves to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in the Southern Conference, while ETSU is 2-1 and 1-1 in the league. Wofford was led by Lorenzo Long with 156 yards on 19 carries with two touchdowns. Andre Stoddard added two touchdowns, while the offense had 350 rushing yards. The Bucs were led by Austin Herink with 80 yards on 14-of-22 passing.
“The defense played well today against a good offense,” said head coach Mike Ayers. “Our coaches have done a great job with them and everyone understands what their job is and they are doing it. We were able to get a lot of pressure which was big and we are playing confident on defense. Offensively we did some real nice things as well and a lot of the drives were long ones that gave the defense a good rest. Today was a brutal day with the heat. ETSU played well and they have some great kids. They are a tough team and did a good job in creating a few problems for us. We had a lot of guys who got to play today and it was a complete game.”
The Terriers had the ball first and after four first downs Andre Stoddard capped the drive with a five-yard touchdown run. Wofford was up 7-0 at the 9:15 mark of the first quarter and then the Bucs went three-and-out and punted. On the next drive by the Terriers, they gained four first downs to move into the red zone. On fourth-and-one from the five, Andre Stoddard ran it up the middle for a touchdown and Wofford had a 14-0 lead with 2:43 left in the first quarter. The Bucs gained one first down before punting back to the Terriers a minute into the second quarter.
Wofford had a long touchdown run by Brandon Goodson called back by penalty and the Terriers had to punt. On third down for the Bucs, John Patterson sacked Austin Herink and forced a punt. Wofford then went three-and-out and punted, with ETSU taking over at the ten-yard line with 7:28 left in the first half. They were able to gain one first down before punting. Wofford picked up three first downs, but a 45-yard field goal attempt by David Marvin was wide left with 1:02 on the clock in the half. ETSU ran out the clock to end the first half.
To begin the second half, the Bucs went three-and-out and punted after back-to-back sacks. Wofford converted a fourth-and-one on a run by Lorenzo Long, then he went 37-yards for a touchdown. The Terriers led 21-0 at 9:54 in the third quarter. ETSU gained a pair of first downs before punting back to the Terriers three minutes later.
On third-and-one for the Bucs, Tyler Vaughn had a tackle for loss that forced a punt. Hunter Windham had a 30-yard run and then the Terriers were faced with a fourth-and-one. Lorenzo Long went right up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown as Wofford increased the lead to 28-0 with 14:25 left in the fourth quarter. After another three-and-out by the Bucs, Wofford took over after a punt. Joe Newman entered the game at quarterback and after one first down was faced with a fourth-and-four. Newman gained six yards on the run for a first down. After another first down before David Marvin added a 34-yard field goal for a 31-0 lead at the 4:35 mark of the fourth quarter.
The Bucs went three-and-out again and punted back to the Terriers. Joe Newman was able to gain one first down and run out the clock on the 31-0 win.
Wofford had 364 total yards, with 350 rushing. ETSU had 76 total yards, 83 of which were passing. Wofford had a 21 to five advantage in first downs. Wofford was 5-of-15 on third downs and 4-of-5 on fourth down. ETSU was 4-of-13 on third down. ETSU was called for one penalty, while Wofford was whistled three times. Wofford had a 39:32 to 20:28 time of possession advantage.
Wofford vs. ETSU Post-Game Notes
The Terrier defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher or a 100-yard receiver in a game this season. They allowed only 76 total yards by ETSU and posted a shutout for the second straight week. It was the first back-to-back shutouts since the 1989 season against Davidson and Kentucky State.
Lorenzo Long had 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns. It marked his tenth career 100 yard game and second this season. He now has 2480 career rushing yards to rank 12th in school history.
The Terriers have won their SoCon opener twelve times as members of the conference, including the last seven straight (Furman 2010, Samford 2011, Western Carolina 2012, The Citadel 2013 and 2014, Mercer in 2015 and ETSU in 2016).
The two touchdowns scored by Andre Stoddard were the first of his career.
Game captains were Miles Brown, Hunter Windham, Bradley Way, Tyler Vaughn.
Attendance was 7,316 at Gibbs Stadium.
Wofford will next have back-to-back road Southern Conference games, first at Samford on October 1 and then at Western Carolina on October 8.