JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Feb. 20, 2021) – The ETSU Football team delivered quite the defensive performance in the much-anticipated season opener as ETSU toppled Samford on Saturday by the final score of 24-17. The Southern Conference battle was played at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium in Johnson City, Tenn.

The Bucs overcame a 14-0 deficit in the first quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs 24-3 in the final 45 minutes of play. The victory over Samford halted ETSU’s three-game skid against the Bulldogs as the Blue & Gold improved to 1-0 to start the season for the fourth time in six years.

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February 20, 2021 at 1:05 PM
Greene Stadium , Johnson City, Tenn.
Attendance: 2106

SAM: Chris Oladokun (222 PASS); Jay Stanton (62 RUSH); A.J. Toney (78 REC);

ETSU: Tyler Riddell (186 PASS); Quay Holmes (125 RUSH); J. Lane-Price (83 REC);

  • Quay Holmes rushed for 125 yards and two scores, pushing his career total to 2,196 yards, passing both Jerry Butler and Derrick Hollins for 7th all-time in ETSU history.
  • Holmes’ two touchdowns against the Bulldogs marked his sixth career multi-rushing touchdown performance.
  • After allowing 14 points and 159 yards in the first quarter, the Buccaneer defense yielded just 161 yards and three points over the final three frames.



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