ELON, N.C. -- Andrew Wilcox hit three field goals, including the only score in the final quarter with 4:59 remaining, to lift Elon to a 23-17 victory against Samford on Saturday.
Scott Riddle was 18-of-33 for two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Phoenix (4-1, 2-0 Southern Conference). Brandon Newsome also added 100 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Chris Evans had 23 carries for 121 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1).
A 27-yard Wilcox field goal marked the only points for either team in the first quarter, and Samford took a 7-3 lead with 12:27 to go in the second when Dustin Taliaferro connected with Jonathan Lowery on a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Riddle threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Lance Camp. He also connected with A.J. Harris for a 91-yard passing score to give Elon a 17-10 lead in the second.
The Bulldogs tied the score at 17-17 when Evans scored on a 2-yard run with 11:31 left in the third quarter.
Wilcox would put the Phoenix ahead 20-17 with a 35-yard field goal at the close of the third, and then sealed the win with a 45-yard kick in the final quarter.