Wofford 19, Elon 7
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford defeated Elon 19-7 at Gibbs Stadium on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs. The Phoenix had a 7-6 lead at the half, but the Terriers held Elon scoreless in the second half and scored three times for the win.
The Terriers were led by Nathan Walker with 90 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Lennox McAfee added 63 rushing yards. Luke Carter was 4-of-5 on field goals in the contest. Elon was led by Daniel Thompson with 20-of-32 passing for 209 yards.
The Wofford defense also stifled the Phoenix running game, limiting Elon to 51 yards rushing and only 60 total offensive plays and 22:49 time of possession.
“Obviously we are excited about the win,” said Wofford head coach Josh Conklin. “We were excited to play at home which is a huge thing for our program. Elon came out and had a really good game plan on defense and made us earn everything offensively. I tip my cap to those guys and they played with a lot of effort. I know they had some injuries and that hurt them as the season went on. They put their players in position to make plays and our hats go off to them. For us, we stayed the course. It wasn’t always pretty. We wanted to score more points in the red zone early on and got stopped. As the game went on we stayed the course and found ways to get it done. I am excited for our guys and anytime you are still playing football at the end of November and beginning of December it is a good thing.”
Wofford advances to play No. 4 seeded Kennesaw State next Saturday.
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