(1-0, 1-0 home)
7:00 PM ET, August 28, 2004
Passing: B. Davidson (SAM) - 7 YDS
Rushing: P. Hyde (SAM) - 12 CAR, 54 YDS
Receiving: O. Buchannon (SAM) - 5 REC, 40 YDS, 1 TD
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Ray Nelson threw for 321 yards and five
touchdowns and Samford defeated West Alabama 34-20 on Saturday
night in the season opener for both teams.
Efrem Hill had three touchdowns and 209 yards on nine catches
for the Bulldogs, who rolled up 438 yards total offense against the
Division II Tigers.
West Alabama actually took a 7-6 lead on Marcus Ross' 19-yard
run and Tonya Butler's successful extra point, and Butler's 24-yard
field goal sent the Tigers into the half trailing only 12-10.
But leading 19-13 in the fourth quarter, Samford scored 15
points in a six-second span to put the game away. Nelson hit Freddy
Young for a 15-yard TD, then found him again for a two-point
West Alabama's Kellen DaCosta fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and
Samford recovered at the 21 yard line. On the next play, Hill
caught his third TD pass from Nelson and the Bulldogs led 34-13.
Kelvin Vann returned a fumble 74 yards for a West Alabama
touchdown late in the fourth quarter.