Scores

Final

Murray State 6

(2-5, 1-2 OVC)

Samford 35

(4-2, 2-1 Southern)

2:00 PM ET, October 11, 2003

Seibert Stadium, BIRMINGHAM, AL

1 2 3 4 T
MURR 3 0 3 06
SAM 2 13 10 1035

Samford 35, Murray State 6

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Cortland Finnegan had two interceptions, returning one 56 yards for a touchdown, as Samford pulled away late in a 35-6 win over Murray State on Saturday.

Fred Gilliam added 73 yards rushing and Efrem Hill had a 26-yard TD among his 89 yards receiving for the Bulldogs (4-2, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference).

Murray State (2-5, 1-2) got off to a 3-0 lead on a 43-yard field goal by Jesse Ohliger, but two minutes later the Racers found themselves backed up inside their own 5-yard line. Ulysses Odoms bobbled a pitch, and Darold Williams led a host of Bulldogs in swarming Odoms in the end zone for a safety.

D.J. Stancil added a 3-yard TD run, though a 2-point conversion failed. Then midway through the second quarter, Ray Nelson threw a 26-yard TD to Hill and Samford led 15-3 at the half.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter before Finnegan picked off a Stephen Hatchell pass and returned it 56 yards for a score.

Backup quarterback Kevin Tooker sneaked in from 1 yard out to make it 32-6, and Ty Neil added his second field goal for the final margin.

Nelson was 15-of-31 for 150 yards and no interceptions for Samford.

Hatchell led the Racers with 189 yards on 20-of-36 passing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MURR
SAM
1st Downs1517
Total Yards269285
Passing189153
Rushing80132
Penalties10-7311-84
3rd Down Conversions3-154-15
4th Down Conversions0-40-0
Turnovers41
Possession28:5731:03

Passing Leaders

Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hatchell20/361895.301-
Ohliger0/200.001-
SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Tooker1/133.000-
Nelson15/311504.810-

Rushing Leaders

Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cook5265.2011
Lane12252.1020
SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gilliam13735.6016
Williams6325.3020

Receiving Leaders

Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nowacki66110.2025
Green56913.8022
SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hill48922.3135
Brown3124.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMURRSAM
FG10:20JESSE OHLIGER 43 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 16 yards.
30
S8:03DAROLD WILLIAMS SAFETY32
TD0:11D.J. STANCIL 3 YD RUN (FAILED 2PT PASS)
Drive info: 7 plays, 46 yards.
38
SECOND QUARTERMURRSAM
TD7:41EFREM HILL 26 YD PASS FROM RAY NELSON (TY NEIL KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
315
THIRD QUARTERMURRSAM
FG8:09JESSE OHLIGER 28 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 17 yards.
615
FG2:07TY NEIL 32 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 44 yards.
618
TD0:57CORTLAND FINNEGAN 56 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (TY NEIL KICK)625
FOURTH QUARTERMURRSAM
TD5:01KEVIN TOOKER 1 YD RUN (TY NEIL KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 48 yards.
632
FG2:42TY NEIL 31 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 1 yards.
635