The Presbyterian College football team scored 21 unanswered points in the second half, including a score off a fake field goal and two touchdowns by Demarcus Rouse, to break open a 7-7 deadlock at halftime and take the 28-13 win over Davidson tonight at Richardson Stadium in Davidson, N.C.
PC was led on the ground by Rouse, who had 12 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Lance Byrd ran for 75 yards off 16 carries. Jeremiah McKie led the Blue Hose in the air with three catches for 51 yards, including a long of 31. Tamyn Garrick was 11-of-34 for 164 yards with two interceptions.
Davidson was led by Spencer Perry who ran for 123 yards off 20 carries. Jonathan Carkhuff was 21-for-34 for 280 yards and two interceptions. He also threw for two touchdowns.
PC recorded 16 first downs, compared to 15 for Davidson. The Blue Hose collected 368 yards of total offense, with the Wildcats recording 360. PC threw for 174 yards and rushed for 194, while Davidson threw for 280 and rushed for 80 yards.
Jelani Doeman led Davidson with 10 tackles and one interception.
The Blue Hose (2-3) started on offense to open the game and drove 41 yards in seven plays before being stopped at the Davidson (0-4) 21-yard line. PC attempted a 38-yard field goal with 11:44 on the clock, but the Aaron Mayes' attempt hit the right upright to keep the game scoreless.
After PC punted away with 2:24 left in the first quarter, the Wildcats took over at the PC 49-yard line. After two rushes by Perry for 16 yards, the Wildcats had first and 10 at the 34-yard line, Carkhuff attempted a pass and it was intercepted by L. J. Perry, who ran the ball back 66 yards for PC's first touchdown of the game. It was Perry's second career interception and first touchdown. After the PAT, the Blue Hose led 7-0 with 53 seconds left in the first quarter.
On a fourth and two from the Davidson 22-yard line with just under five to play in the first quarter, Garrick completed a 12-yard pass to Shawn Armstrong to save the drive. It was short-lived as Davidson's Doeman intercepted Garrick two plays later to give the Wildcats the ball at their own 10-yard line. The Wildcats were unable to capitalize and punted away after a three and out, giving the Blue Hose the ball at their 43-yard line.
A Blue Hose punt gave the Wildcats the ball on their own 32-yard line. Davidson drove to the PC 36 before Carkhuff hit Chris Trinetti, who ran the ball 36 yards for the score with 46 seconds left on the clock. The added PAT knotted the game at 7-7.
PC started the next drive at its 35-yard line and after two completions to McKie for 11 and nine yards, the Blue Hose were in Davidson territory at the 45-yard line with 20 seconds to go. With a chance to score before the half Garrick threw his second interception of the game, this one to Pete Anderson who ran it back 20 yards to the Davidson 26-yard line. With just three seconds left in the half, Davidson took a knee and went into the locker room tied 7-7.
The Blue Hose opened the second half with a 60-yard kickoff by Mayes to put Davidson at the 35-yard line. On second and eight Perry rushed for 20 yards as the Wildcats started to move up the field. Carkhuff was sacked for a loss of 11 yards by Brindle to make it second and 21. Despite a 13-yard completion to Reese Williams Davidson was forced to punt. The punt went through the end zone to give the Blue Hose the ball at the 20-yard line. PC was unable to move the ball and punted away from its own 15-yard line, however.
Davidson began its drive with 9:48 to go in the third quarter from the PC 46-yard line. Carkhuff completed three straight passes the next three plays, the final a 32-yard touchdown catch to Lanny Funsten to give Davidson the 13-7 lead, after an unsuccessful PAT, with 8:35 remaining in the third quarter.
In PC's next drive Garrick hit Joel Ruiz for a 17-yard catch on third and six and followed it with a 45-yard catch by Michael Ruff on third and 10 to put the ball on the Davidson 19-yard line. Rouse scored his fifth touchdown of the season two plays later with a three-yard rush with 5:05 on the clock, which put the Blue Hose back up 14-13, after a Mayes' successful PAT, his ninth straight of the season.
The touchdown was the eighth of Rouse's career and moved him to a tie for third in PC's Division I era record book for rushing TDs.
After Davidson's next drive stalled, PC took over with 2:03 left in the third from its own seven-yard line. Byrd led things off with an eight-yard rush, which was followed by a career-long 45-yard run by Armstrong that gave PC first and 10 from the Davidson 40-yard line. Garrick found a wide-open McKie down the left side of the field for a 31-yard completion that gave PC first and goal. Armstrong ended the third quarter with a three-yard rush to the Davidson five-yard line.
The Wildcat defense held the line to open the fourth quarter, forcing a field goal attempt by PC. Mayes missed his second of the game as his 21-yard attempt sailed right to give Davidson the ball at the 20-yard line with 14:11 remaining in the game.
Davidson went three and out after Carkhuff was sacked for a loss of nine by Parrish Walker. Cedric Byrd returned the punt a career-long 44 yards to put the ball on the Wildcat 19-yard line. Davidson's defense forced another field goal attempt by Mayes. Holder Kaleb Griffin picked up ball off the snap and threw a 10-yard TD pass to Joel Ruiz who was open in the end zone to give PC the 21-13 lead. The TD was the first of Ruiz's career.
The Wildcats started their final drive with 5:58 left in the game from their own one-yard line. After an incomplete pass by Carkhuff to open the drive, he hit Perry for a 29-yard catch. He then followed it up with a 47-yard completion to Tim Hines to put the Wildcats at the PC 23-yard line. Perry rushed for a yard on second and two before Brindle posted his second sack of the game, this one an eight-yard loss to put Davidson at the 14-yard line with fourth and nine.
Davidson went for it on fourth down and Carkhuff tried to force a pass and instead threw to Mark Williams for his first career interception. He ran the ball back 72 yards to set up a six-yard TD rush by Rouse, the ninth of his career. The PAT by Mayes was good and PC led 28-13 with 2:53 remaining.
Davidson made a run down the stretch but two sacks, by Brindle and Keyadd Miller, as well as a 15-yard penalty late, kept the Wildcats at Bay. After Carkhuff's pass was short on a fourth and 24, PC took over on downs and ran out the clock to secure the 28-13 win.