Scores

Final

Murray State 23

(1-5, 0-3 OVC)

Samford 27

(3-4, 2-2 Southern)

2:00 PM ET, October 15, 2005

Seibert Stadium, BIRMINGHAM, AL

1 2 3 4 T
MURR 7 10 6 023
SAM 10 7 10 027

Top Performers

Passing: K. Topps (MURR) - 180 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Cook (MURR) - 30 CAR, 145 YDS

Receiving: D. Rumley (MURR) - 4 REC, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Samford 27, Murray State 23

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Cortland Finnegan returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter to lift Samford to a 27-23 victory over Murray State Saturday.

Neither team scored after Finnegan's return with 22 seconds left in the third for the Bulldogs (3-4, 2-2 Ohio Valley Conference).

Murray State (1-5, 0-3) outgained Samford 464-243 in total yards, but couldn't reach the end zone in the second half. The Bulldogs also scored on Quinton Smith's 44-yard fumble recovery in the first quarter.

Murray State had to settle for three field goals by Rod Crass in the second and third quarters, the longest 36 yards.

Shannon Fleming kicked a 44-yard field goal and a 32-yarder for Samford.

Jefferson Adcock passed for only 114 yards but had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Josh Brennard with 5:14 left in the first quarter as Samford built a 17-7 lead.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MURR
SAM
1st Downs2514
Total Yards464243
Passing180114
Rushing284129
Penalties8-726-36
3rd Down Conversions10-206-13
4th Down Conversions2-20-0
Turnovers21
Possession36:4522:19

Passing Leaders

Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Topps13/241807.510-
SamfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Adcock10/191146.010-

Rushing Leaders

Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cook301454.8024
Topps14745.3014
SamfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ray15614.1014
Adcock13554.2017

Receiving Leaders

Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Marchman58216.4042
Rumley46315.8124
SamfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones4369.0020
Young22010.0015

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMURRSAM
FG12:58SHANNON FLEMING 44 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 17 yards.
03
TD7:08MATT WEBBER 1 YD RUN (GARY CRASS KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yards.
73
TD5:14JOSH BRENNARD 21 YD PASS FROM JEFFERSON ADCOCK (SHANNON FLEMING KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yards.
710
TD3:38QUINTON SMITH 44 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (SHANNON FLEMING KICK)717
SECOND QUARTERMURRSAM
TD13:32DANIEL RUMLEY 11 YD PASS FROM KEN TOPPS (GARY CRASS KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 58 yards.
1417
FG4:00GARY CRASS 27 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 74 yards.
1717
THIRD QUARTERMURRSAM
FG11:36GARY CRASS 28 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yards.
2017
FG6:55GARY CRASS 36 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yards.
2317
FG2:35SHANNON FLEMING 32 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 62 yards.
2320
TD0:22CORTLAND FINNEGAN 75 YD PUNT RETURN (SHANNON FLEMING KICK)2327