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Slew of records set in FCS Davidson’s 91-61 win over D-III team

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If you’re into offense, read on.  If you’re a fan of defense?  For the love of God, look away.  Now.

Because of Hurricane Florence, FCS Davidson’s game against Div. III Guilford that had been scheduled for Saturday was moved to Thursday.  Apparently, neither defensive unit from either side received the game-change memo as the Davidson Wildcats rolled over the Guilford Quakers by a hoops-esque score of 91-61.

The Wildcats set a pair of FCS and school records in the win — total yards with 964 and rushing yards with 685; the old records were 876 (Weber State, 1991) and 681 (Missouri State).  For perspective, the FBS record for total yards in a single game is 1,021 by Houston in 1989, while the single-game rushing mark of 768 yards was set by Oklahoma in 1988.

The 91 points (30 in the first quarter, 27 in the second, 14 in the third, 20 in the fourth) were also the most in school history.

The two teams also combined for 1,662 yards of offense, the most ever in a non-overtime game involving at least one FCS team (the FBS record is 1,718 yards in the 2016 Oklahoma-Texas Tech game).  Additionally, the 152 combined points broke the FCS record set in 2007 in the Weber State-Portland State game.

In addition to those already mentioned, Davidson set a slew of program records during a win that pushed them to 3-0 for the first time since 2000:

  • Yards in a half (525)
  • Points in a half (57)
  • Total touchdowns in a game (13)
  • Average yards per play (15.5)
  • Rushing touchdowns in a game (10)
  • Blocked kicks (4)

The yards-per-play record nearly doubled the old standard of 8.3 set back in 1979.  Of the four blocked kicks, three of them were courtesy of Corey Coppola.

Three Wildcat quarterbacks combined to complete all eight of their passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns. Per the school, five different Wildcats gained at least 80 yards on the ground, including Wesley Dugger and Coy Williams with 186 and 168, respectively. Dugger and William Wicks scored three touchdowns apiece.

All told, the Wildcats totaled eight scoring plays of 50-plus yards (5 rush, 3 pass).

Guilford, for its part, topped Davidson in first downs 41-26, so they had that going for them.  Which is nice.

Marshall, Western Michigan line up future series

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It’s been a long time since Marshall and Western Michigan were in the same conference, but the two will be reunited on the football field soon enough. No, we’re not talking about conference realignment, but future non-conference scheduling!

The two schools announced a future home-and-home series for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. Marshall will host the first game of the deal on Sept. 14, 2024. Western Michigan will host the second game on Sept. 6, 2025. The two schools have not squared off against each other since Marshall left the MAC for Conference USA in 2005, but Western Michigan leads the all-time series 22-12.

Western Michigan will also play Cincinnati in non-conference play in 2024 and will travel t two Big Ten opponents in 20205 (Michigan State and Illinois).

Marshall has road trips to Liberty and Virginia Tech scheduled in 2024 in addition to the new home game against the Broncos. In 2025, Marshall will host East Carolina a week after visiting Western Michigan.

Search for missing Wyoming signee comes up empty

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Authorities in California are taking a rescue mission to an unfortunate turn in the search for the body of Wyoming Class of 2019 signee Naphtali Moimoi. According to an update from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the operation moved from a rescue mission to a water recovery. It has reached an unfortunate ending as no body was discovered.

Moimoi was last seen at Half Moon Bay in California rising on a boogie board. A strong rip current whisked Moimoi away out to sea, with a search and rescue mission getting underway Friday morning. As the day progressed, the search reached a conclusion with no body found.

Moimoi is a two-star recruit from Hayward, California in Wyoming’s Class of 2019. The defensive end signed with Wyoming in December 2018 during the early signing period.

The outlook may look grim at this point, but local authorities remain on the case and will review any and all information that comes in regarding the missing body. Wyoming’s football program will continue to monitor the situation as needed as well.

Tennessee mourns death of ex-Vols RB Reggie Cobb

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The extended Tennessee football program is mourning the loss of one of its own.

Saturday, it was confirmed that Reggie Cobb died unexpectedly at 50.  A cause of death has not yet been released.

A Knoxville, Tenn., native, the university wrote in its release, Cobb played for the Vols from 1987 to 1989 and ranks No. 11 in UT history in rushing yards (2,360), tied for No. 7 in rushing touchdowns (26) and No. 12 in rushing attempts (445).

As a freshman, Cobb ran for 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns.

“The Vol family lost one of its best in the passing of Reggie Cobb,” UT athletic director Phillip Fulmer, an assistant during Cobb’s time with the football program, said in a statement. “Reggie was a great Vol, and a fantastic man. We all remember the great runs and the competitive spirit he played with at UT and the NFL.

“What people outside his circle did not see during and after his professional playing career, was the mentor he became to so many young men that he came into contact with. He influenced and changed lives for more than 30 years. Reggie will be loved and remembered, and he will be missed.”

Cobb, who played in the NFL for seven seasons following his time on Rocky Top, spent the past 10 years as a scout with the San Francisco 49ers.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to anyone impacted by Cobb’s untimely death.

Return to coaching ‘not in the plans’ for Mark Richt

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As Miami was closing out the first spring under new head coach Manny Diaz, former Miami head coach Mark Richt was close by keeping an eye on things with his former program. On Saturday, it was announced Richt will be heading to a role in television and he said what so many coaches in similar positions have suggested before; he is content away from coaching and not planning a comeback.

Not yet, at least.

Richt was officially announced to be the newest member of the college football TV crew being put together by ESPN for the upcoming ACC Network. With plenty of experience in and around the ACC in his coaching career, not to mention his extended period of time in the SEC, Richt should fit right in with the target audience for the ACC Network, which will launch later this year.

“I was able to coach for 12 seasons in the ACC, and so, I’m very excited about the opportunity to join ACC Network as a football analyst,” Richt said in a released statement. “I’m not only looking forward to helping tell the story of one of the greatest football conferences in America but also staying close to the game that I love so much.”

The obvious question is just how long will Richt remain in a TV role? Maybe he truly is ready for life after coaching, but history has shown many coaches using TV jobs as temporary placeholders before the next coaching opportunity comes along. Urban Meyer spent one year in the booth calling games for ESPN after retiring from Florida before heading to Ohio State (Meyer, of course, is back in TV as an analyst for FOX Sports this season). Rich Rodriguez spent a cup of coffee with CBS Sports Network after losing his job at Michigan before he eventually returned to coach at Arizona. Even Mack Brown is making his long-awaited return to the sideline this season at North Carolina after spending years with ESPN after retiring from Texas.

Richt may still have some coaching gears in him that will get him to come back at some point, but for now, that’s not the plan he is putting out there. If the right offer comes along, who knows. For the 2019 season, at least, we’ll get to see how Richt does on TV.

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