Samford 43, Elon 31

Behind the lead of Fabian Truss, Samford rushed for 348 yards

and five touchdowns Saturday in a 43-31 victory over Elon in

Southern Conference play.

Truss ran roughshod over the Phoenix (4-3, 2-2), carrying the

ball 26 times for 191 yards and three touchdowns. His second score

came on a 64-yard run in the second quarter.

Samford (4-2, 2-2) led early, 24-7, but Elon kept it close

behind the passing of quarterback Thomas Wilson. He completed 35 of

61 passes for 312 yards and two touchdowns – one to Aaron Mellette,

who caught 15 passes for 171 yards.

Although Wilson was also intercepted four times, Elon got back

into it in the third quarter. A 16-yard blocked punt return for a

touchdown by A.J. Harris and a short touchdown run cut it to 37-31

entering the fourth quarter. But Samford’s defense stifled Elon and

Truss’ 1-yard TD clinched it.