TAMPA — It was homecoming night for Chamberlain, but Durant made sure it wasn't a happy one. After starting the season 0-2 on the road, the Cougars notched their first victory away from home, 50-29 Friday.
Chamberlain (0-6, 0-2) was forced to punt on its first possession, but backed Durant up inside the 10. The Cougars (4-2, 1-1) fumbled their first snap from scrimmage, eventually leading to a 1-yard keeper by Chamberlain's Joshua Bennett. Then it quickly became the Nick Fabrizio show, as the Durant quarterback ran for four touchdowns and threw for another.
Durant's John Jones, Chris Atkins and Zach Hooper wreaked havoc in the running game and accounted for most of the Cougars' 295 rushing yards. Fabrizio capped off his night with a 70-yard sprint to the end zone in the third quarter, which gave Durant a 43-21 lead and put the game on ice.
Xavier Johnson was Chamberlain's stud of the night, picking up more than 60 yards on the ground and a pair of touchdowns.
Paul Driscoll, Times staff writer