ELON, N.C. -- Greg Ligg picked up a fumble 53 seconds into the game and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown, sparking Elon to a 45-7 win against Furman in its home opener Saturday night.
Sophomore quarterback Davis Cheek completed 12 of 15 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Five different players scored touchdowns on offense for the Phoenix. Kortez Weeks caught seven passes for 114 yards.
Elon (1-1) was ranked 15th and Furman 21st in an FCS coaches poll.
Furman freshman Darren Grainger was sacked for an 8-yard loss by McAllister Ingram on the second play of the game and fumbled. Ligg recovered and took it to the end zone for Elon's first fumble recovery for a TD since October 2016.
JeMar Lincoln got the Paladins (0-2) on the board with a 7-yard run to cap an 11-play drive late in the game. The TD was his first.
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Oregon RB CJ Verdell finds the hole and speeds 48 yards into the end zone for the touchdown.
Andy Davidson rushes up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown to tie the game up at 21-21.
QB Justice Hansen throws a strike to Jonathan Adams Jr., who makes a diving catch in the end zone and makes it 13-7 Red Wolves.
At the end of the first quarter, Iowa continues its tradition with the Stead Family Children's Hospital as they share a wave of recognition.
Devon Benn scored on runs of 11 and two yards, Jarmarqueza Mims added a 25-yard run and the consecutive touchdowns lifted Southern to a 29-27 victory over Alabama A&M in a Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
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