BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb stormed back from a 17-0 deficit to beat No. 24 Elon, 42-20, and win head coach Tre Lamb‘s collegiate debut on Saturday afternoon in Spangler Stadium.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs (1-0) technically played in front of a sellout crowd of 2,700 – with capacity in Spangler Stadium limited to 30 percent in its spring opener. The home crowd enjoyed a spirited rally by the home team, which outscored the Phoenix (1-1) 35-0 after halftime and pulled away.

“This was a program building win,” Lamb said “I think we were too hyped up to start the game. I had to calm them down a little bit. They are a good team and jumped on us in the first quarter, but our defense kept us in the game . In the second half, we stayed together and I think, once we cut it to one score, the momentum just kept building in our favor.”

Full Recap (Gardner-Webb) | Full Recap (Elon) | Box Score
Stadium: Spangler Stadium
Location: Boiling Springs, NC
Attendance: 2700
Duration: 3:10

ELON: Joey Baughman (130 PASS); Joey Baughman (47 RUSH); Donovan Williams (65 REC);

GWU AIKEN, Carlton (167 PASS); GAITHER, Narii (111 RUSH); GATHINGS, Izaiah (126 REC);



Spangler Stadium
Boiling Springs, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 28017, United States