Scores

Final

Elon 38

(4-2, 2-1 away)

W Carolina 31

(1-4, 1-2 home)

3:00 PM ET, October 8, 2011

E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Cullowhee, NC

1 2 3 4 T
ELON 7 3 14 1438
WCU 7 7 3 1431

Top Performers

Passing: B. Pechloff (WCU) - 231 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: A. Harris (ELON) - 23 CAR, 98 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Cockrell (WCU) - 2 REC, 127 YDS, 2 TD

Elon 38, W. Carolina 31

Associated Press

CULLOWHEE, N.C. -- Elon ran for four touchdowns Saturday, but it was a late 1-yard scoring pass that gave the Phoenix a thrilling 38-31 win over Western Carolina in a Southern Conference game.

Quarterback Thomas Wilson, who rushed for one Elon touchdown, hit Aaron Mellette on a 1-yard scoring toss with 2:13 to play to break a 31-31 tie and give the Phoenix (4-2, 2-1) the victory. That kept Western Carolina (1-4, 0-3) winless in conference play and also trumped a late Catamounts' rally.

Josh Cockrell caught three touchdown passes from Catamounts' quarterback Brandon Pechloff, including a 61-yarder in the second quarter and a 66-yarder in the fourth. But Pechloff was also intercepted three times. Although Wilson, who completed 22 of 33 passing passes, was picked off twice, he ran the Phoenix offense smartly. Running back Dontay Taylor ran for two of Elon's four rushing touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ELON
WCU
1st Downs1613
Total Yards360330
Passing207231
Rushing15399
Penalties10-666-91
3rd Down Conversions8-185-17
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers34
Possession34:0525:55

Passing Leaders

ElonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson24/332076.312
Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Pechloff12/292318.033

Rushing Leaders

ElonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris23984.3116
Taylor12453.8215
Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson21643.0011
Pechloff5112.209

Receiving Leaders

ElonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mellette812415.5159
Peterson6345.7014
Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cockrell212763.5266
Mitchell34414.7026

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERELONWCU
TD09:52Josh Cockrell 10 Yd Run (Clark Sechrest Kick) 07
TD00:18Thomas Wilson 7 Yd Run (Adam Shreiner Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERELONWCU
TD14:18Josh Cockrell 61 Yd Pass From Brandon Pechloff (Clark Sechrest Kick) 714
FG03:45Adam Shreiner 39 Yd 1014
THIRD QUARTERELONWCU
TD11:46Dontay Taylor 3 Yd Run (Adam Shreiner Kick) 1714
TD09:05A.J. Harris 9 Yd Run (Adam Shreiner Kick) 2414
FG06:28Clark Sechrest 38 Yd 2417
FOURTH QUARTERELONWCU
TD12:09Dontay Taylor 4 Yd Run (Adam Shreiner Kick) 3117
TD11:16Josh Cockrell 66 Yd Pass From Brandon Pechloff (Clark Sechrest Kick) 3124
TD04:05Taylor Spangler 5 Yd Pass From Brandon Pechloff (Clark Sechrest Kick) 3131
TD02:13Aaron Mellette 1 Yd Pass From Thomas Wilson (Adam Shreiner Kick) 3831