Sept. 28, 2013
Birmingham, Ala. - Samford quarterback Andy Summerlin threw for 327 yards and four touchdowns as the Bulldogs handed Western Carolina a 62-23 defeat Saturday afternoon in front of 8,625 fans in Southern Conference action at Seibert Stadium.
The Catamounts (1-4, 0-2 SoCon) overcame an early 14-0 deficit with 10 straight points including quarterback Troy Mitchell's first rushing score of the season and a 27-yard field goal by Richard Sigmon. But the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0 SoCon) pulled away from there as on the ensuing kickoff after Sigmon's boot, dangerous all-purpose back Fabian Truss returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and Summerlin completed a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chris Cephus late in the second quarter.
The Bulldogs led at halftime, 28-10.
Samford added to its advantage in the second half as Summerlin threw two more touchdown passes, including a 68-yard strike to Gavin Sinclair.
Truss rushed for 60 yards and a score for Samford and Cephus had three receptions for 86 yards and Sinclair added two catches for 74. Karel Hamilton caught two scores for the Bulldogs, finishing with 42 yards.
Troy Mitchell finished 15-of-33 for 202 yards passing. He also had a team-high 77 yards rushing - gaining 117 yards before late sacks subtracted from his totals. Sophomore Darius Ramsey rushed for 69 yards and a second half score. Freshman Willie Police led 10 Catamount receivers with four receptions for 53 yards.
Sophomore Sertonuse Harris led the Catamount defense with 10 tackles including six solo stops while senior Courtland Carson added eight tackles, seven solo. Redshirt senior defensive lineman Andre Shishkin tallied six tackles including two of WCU's three quarterback sacks with classmate Pete Balthrop Jr., adding the third QB sack of the day.
Western Carolina remains on the road next Saturday as it travels to Finley Stadium to face the Chattanooga Mocs. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 pm.