Mays, Youngstown State defeat Samford 45-22
In the second kickoff of the 150th season of college football, Mays had two short scoring passes in the first half and Cash Mitchell returned a fumble 26 yards for a touchdown for a 24-7 lead at the half.
Samford opened the scoring with a 55-yard pass play from Liam Welchto Robert Adams. Welch threw three interceptions. Chris Oladokum connected with Montrell Washington for a 64-yard score in the fourth quarter. Welch and Adams are trying to replace Walt Payton Award winner Devlin Hodges (with the Pittsburgh Steelers). Oladokum, a transfer from South Florida who didn’t start, also had a late scoring run.
Mays had a 16-yard pass to Samuel St. Surin to tie the game at 7 and in the final minute of the half capped a 90-yard drive with a 4-yard pass to Josh Burgett. Braxton Chapman had his first two touchdowns of his career in the fourth quarter, his two 1-yard plunges capping long drives for the Penguins. Christian Turner capped the scoring with a 3-yard run as the teams combined for 36 points in the fourth quarter.