Samford beats Western Carolina 34-20

Photo by Juliette Stanley By Charlie Howard

Samford’s 34-20 victory over the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday marked Pat Sullivan’s 46th victory as the head coach of the Bulldogs, which gives him the record for the most wins in school history. He broke the record of former head coach Tommy Bowden.

“This is the culmination of a lot of love,” Sullivan said. “It’s not about me, it’s about what our players, coaches, President Westmoreland and all of our people have done. They’ve all put in a lot of hard work, and it was done the right way with a lot of class, and I’m proud of that.”

Redshirt junior quarterback and communication studies major Michael Eubank finished the game 15 of 24, with 232 yards and two touchdowns.

Redshirt sophomore running back Denzel Williams led the rushing attack with 27 carries, 156 yards and two touchdowns. He has scored in every game for the Bulldogs this year, extending his streak to 9 games with a rushing touchdown.

Western Carolina quarterback Troy Mitchell completed 26 of 40 passes for 262 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for two touchdowns.

Photo by Juliette StanleyThis was the last home game for the seniors, who were recognized at halftime.

“They are special guys to us, obviously they mean a lot to this program and we are real happy that they get to leave their last home game with a win,” assistant head coach Bill D’Ottavio said.

Samford is now 6-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference. They are ranked second in the SoCon after Chattanooga. The Bulldogs are looking to carry this three-game winning streak into Charleston, South Carolina to face the Citadel Bulldogs. The Citadel is currently 4-6 and ranked fifth in the SoCon.

The game is scheduled for a noon start at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

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