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Samford beats Mercer 50-44 in 2OT to cap record season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Quincy Crittendon scored on a 25-yard run in the second overtime and Samford defeated Mercer 50-44 on Saturday for the Bulldogs' first outright conference title in 86 years.

No. 9 FCS Samford's 10-1 record matches the 1991 team for the best regular-season record in school history. The Bulldogs, who clinched at least a tie for the SoCon title last week, last won an outright conference championship in 1936 when then-Howard College won the Dixie Conference with a 5-3-1 record.

After Samford (8-0 Southern Conference) and Mercer (No. 16 FCS, 8-4, 5-3) scored touchdowns on their first overtime possessions, Mercer missed a field goal to open the second overtime. Crittendon ended it on the second play of Samford's possession.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: F. Payton3010
Passing TDs: F. Payton32
Rushing Yards: A. Wooten II495
Rushing TDs: A. Douglas5
Receiving Yards: T. James1105
Receiving TDs: T. James13
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2022
Date Opponent Result / Time
8/27 vs. Morehead State W 63 - 13
9/3 at Auburn L 16 - 42
9/17 vs. Citadel W 17 - 0
9/24 at Gardner-Webb W 45 - 14
10/1 at Wofford W 42 - 7
10/8 vs. Western Carolina W 49 - 6
10/15 vs. ETSU W 55 - 33
10/22 at Chattanooga L 21 - 41
10/29 at VMI W 55 - 14
11/12 vs. Furman L 13 - 23
11/19 at Samford L 44 - 50
Southern
  Conference Overall
8 Samford 8-0 11-1
11 Furman 7-1 10-3
21 Chattanooga 5-3 7-4
22 Mercer 5-3 7-4
Western Carolina 4-4 6-5
Wofford 3-5 3-8
Citadel 3-5 4-7
ETSU 1-7 3-8
Virginia Military 0-8 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 5178 (20)
Passing Yards: 3109 (16)
Rushing Yards: 2069 (30)
Points per game: 38.2 (8)
Yards per game: 470.7 (8)
Touchdowns: 52 (15)
Field Goals: 10 (60)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3717 (27)
Passing Yards: 2391 (55)
Rushing Yards: 1326 (18)
Points per game: 22.1 (29)
Yards per game: 337.9 (27)
Touchdowns: 27 (18)
Field Goals: 16 (115)