Aaron Miller landed just short of the goal-line and Wofford held on to beat The Citadel 17-13 Saturday in Southern Conference college football action. Miller, The Citadel’s senior quarterback from Clover, ran for the end zone as time expired but was hit by a Wofford player just short of the end zone, leaving the call, and the game, in the referee’s hands.
“It seemed like it took an eternity for him to make the call,” Miller told the Charleston Post and Courier afterward. “From my angle, I could only see him holding up one hand. I didn’t know if he called it down or a touchdown. Then I heard the Wofford players running on the field, and I knew what the call was.”
Miller had a solid game for the Bulldogs, rushing for 60 yards and throwing for 97 more in a defense-dominated contest. A cardinal contributor to that defensive dominance was Rock Hill’s Mitchell Jeter, playing in the middle of The Citadel’s defensive line. The junior finished with 12 tackles, including eight solos and two for a loss, as well as a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
In the same game, Wofford linebacker Terrance Morris, a redshirt freshman from Chester, made seven tackles and a sack for an eight-yard loss for the Terriers.
• Northwestern’s Brandon Williams made nine tackles, including two sacks for a combined 12-yard loss, a pass break-up and a quarterback hurry in East Carolina’s 45-24 win over Southern Methodist.
Nation Ford’s J.T. Boyd started his third straight game at right guard for the Pirates, who opened American Athletic Conference play. Fort Mill’s Worth Gregory punted twice for a 48.5-yard average, including a long of 51 yards.
• Lewisville’s Malcolm Means made two tackles, but N.C. State ended up on the wrong end of a 41-0 loss to Clemson. Chester’s Kalon Davis started at right tackle for the Tigers, a spot he appears to have made his own after playing guard for most of his four-year playing career in Clemson. Jay Jay McCullough, the former Nation Ford Falcon standout, played for Clemson but didn’t start or record a catch.
• South Carolina dropped a second straight game Saturday, losing to Kentucky 45-38. Former South Pointe Stallion Gerald Dixon made four tackles and broke up a pass from his starting defensive end position, while his half-brother Gerald Dixon Jr., from Northwestern, made two tackles as a defensive tackle starter.
• Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley completed 26-of-39 passes for 205 yards, but threw two interceptions as the Vols lost a close one at home to Florida 10-9. Worley, the former Northwestern Trojan, was sacked six times by the Gators in the loss.
• Presbyterian’s Breyon Williams, a former Indian Land Warrior, made eight tackles for the Blue Hose during their 19-14 win over Western Carolina.
• Johnson C. Smith lost 24-0 to Bowie State, but former Northwestern Trojan Jerel Miller did record 12 tackles, made a tackle-and-a-half for loss and also recovered a fumble in the losing effort.
• South Pointe’s Zeek Rodney made a single tackle, but Wake Forest got thumped by Florida State 43-3.
• Eastern Kentucky’s Tyrell Curry, a former Rock Hill Bearcat, made a tackle as the Colonels beat Austin Peay 31-0 to move to 5-0.
• Nation Ford’s Andrew Komornik punted six times in Gardner-Webb’s 27-24 win over Charlotte, averaging 36.5 yards and pinning an outstanding four of his kicks inside the 20.
• South Carolina State punter Jerome Pettiway, from York, hit seven punts for a 38-yard average during the Bulldogs’ 13-0 win over N.C. A&T.
• Northwestern’s Keon Stowers made a tackle but Kansas lost to West Virginia 33-14.
• North Greenville beat Limestone 38-9 and Fort Mill’s Tony Godbolt made an interception that he returned 46 yards - his second of the year - and forced a fumble. Godbolt added four tackles.
• Newberry roughed up Wingate 33-10 on Saturday and Great Falls’ Alstevis Squirewell made four tackles, including one for a loss and a quarterback hurry. York’s Corey Dover made a single solo tackle for the Wolves, while fellow former York Cougar Andre Foulks made a single tackle and a sack for Wingate.
• Tusculum took a 51-21 loss to Catawba, but former South Pointe Stallion Devin Starnes made three tackles and an interception in the losing effort.
• Former South Pointe Stallion Rodney Nichols made six tackles and broke up two passes as Benedictine (Ill.) beat Kalamazoo College 16-14.
• Butler Community College won its third game in a row, with South Pointe’s Anthony Johnson catching two passes for 35 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown reception that opened the scoring in the first quarter. Johnson now has touchdown grabs in four of his six games as a junior college football player and is averaging 28.3 yards per reception.
York’s Chad Hill broke up a pass and made six tackles, including one for a loss.