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Knights shut down pass and pull away

Edward Mack scored on a 21-yard run and Javier Beorlegui made two field goals in the fourth quarter as Central Florida beat Northwestern State 19-7 on Saturday.

Northwestern State's Tony Taylor gained 163 yards on 25 carries but left in the third quarter with a bruised back. He returned in the fourth quarter, but he was unable to lead Northwestern to a score as the Demons' passing game struggled.

Central Florida used two quarterbacks, with starter Vic Penn completing 13 of 21 passes for 97 yards. He threw an 11-yard touchdown to Tavirus Davis on the Golden Knights' first drive.

Freshman Ryan Schneider was 7-of-12 for 98 yards.

Northwestern State's Ben Beach was 8-of-30 for 84 yards and was sacked three times.

Northwestern had two chances to cut into the Golden Knights' 12-7 lead in the third quarter.

Clint Sanford's 22-yard field-goal attempt hit the upright, and Taylor fumbled with 2:56 left in the quarter. Mack scored with 10:48 left to put the game away.

B-CC 24, NORFOLK ST. 6: Jay Rogers rushed for 89 yards and one touchdown and host Bethune-Cookman forced five turnovers.

Rogers, who entered fifth in the nation in I-AA rushing, led all rushers on a night dominated by the Wildcats defense, which had its shutout erased when Johnnyson Jones returned a fumble 28 yards with 4:34 left.

James Bush, whose father was defeated in his primary election bid Tuesday for state education commissioner, had two interceptions for the Wildcats, and Rashean Mathis had one.

Bethune-Cookman padded a 14-0 lead with 10 third-quarter points set up by fumble recoveries inside the Norfolk State 40. Treran Porter rushed 40 yards for a touchdown with 8:21 left in the quarter, and Danny Mathis added a 27-yard field goal.

Rogers first put the Wildcats on the scoreboard on a 10-yard fourth-down run with 9:08 left in the first quarter. That was eight plays after Antonio Stanley's 25-yard punt return gave B-CC the ball at the Norfolk State 36.

DAVIDSON 36, JACKSONVILLE 7: Ryan Crawford opened the game with an 86-yard kickoff return and the host Wildcats held the Dolphins to 69 total yards.

Bryan Fish ran for 143 yards on 20 carries for the Wildcats. Quarterback Paul Nichols threw for 255 yards on 22-of-34 passing.

Nichols' three interceptions were the only blemish in an otherwise near perfect afternoon for Davidson.

Jacksonville drove 45 yards in eight plays to tie the score at 7 late in the first quarter. Greg Portee ran 11 yards for the touchdown.

From there, the Wildcats defense took over.

Jacksonville gained 6 yards on the ground and 63 yards passing.

Jacksonville quarterback Gary Cooper threw for 61 yards on 10-of-27 passing. Only 8 of those yards came after halftime.