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Kennesaw State at Gardner-Webb

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Gardner-Webb 31, Presbyterian 24 (2OT)

BOILING SPRINGS – Narii Gaither scored the go-ahead touchdown on a six-yard pass from Carlton Aiken in the second overtime and A.J. Thomas picked off a batted ball at the one to end a 31-24 win for Gardner-Webb on a wild and wacky Saturday afternoon.

Gardner-Webb improved to 2-0 against Division I competition for the first time since 2006 and rolled up 517 yards of total offense on the day – including 221 yards on the ground. The Runnin’ Bulldogs also held Presbyterian (0-1) to 31 yards rushing on 32 attempts, had six sacks and picked off two passes.

“Hats off to Presbyterian College. Coach Spangler does a really good job and they really fought hard today,” said head coach Tre Lamb. “A win is a win. We battled and came back to win. A sign of a good team is winning a game when you may not play well. You look at the stats, moving the ball was not the problem. We turned it over in critical situations, got a field goal blocked. Not the kind of mistakes a championship program can make. We have a lot to clean up, but I’d rather clean it up with a 2-0 record. It tells me a lot about this team – they’re able to win a game when things don’t go their way. Really proud of our team’s resilience. Both teams’ played their tails off.”

Game Recap (Gardner-Webb) | Game Recap (Presbyterian) | Box Score
Stadium: Spangler Stadium
Location: Boiling Springs, NC
Attendance: 2700
Duration: 3:47

PC: HUFF, Tyler (307 PASS), POWELL, Delvecchio (26 RUSH), PEARSON, Keith (133 REC)

GWU: AIKEN, Carlton (296 PASS), GAITHER, Narii (151 RUSH), HARPER, Devron (108 REC)

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Gardner-Webb 42, Elon 20

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);

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