By Jerry Sudduth
Saturday’s game displayed a contrast in efficiency.Samford had the ball for 41 minutes 24 seconds; Eastern’s offense appeared on the field for only 18 minutes 36 seconds.
The Colonels (3-2, 2-0 OVC) used their time wisely, however, winning 43-20 at Roy Kidd Stadium Saturday.
“Our team came out ready to play,” Coach Danny Hope said.
Samford (3-2, 1-1) squandered its possessions; quarterback Jefferson Adcock threw five interceptions during the game.
Adcock completed 20 of 39 passes for 164 yards and gave up five interceptions. Yet Hope applauded his efforts.
“He’s not afraid to pull the trigger.”
After junior Zach Denton’s interception, quarterback Allan Holland ran the ball in to put the Colonels up 7-0 after the extra point. Samford tied the game on the following possession.
The Bulldogs came no closer the rest of the game. The score didn’t change until almost halfway through the second quarter.
The Colonels scored on a four-play, 95-yard drive featuring a 30-yard run by Bobby Washington and a 58-yard pass from Holland to Quinton Williams. Mark Dunn scored the next play from the 5-yard line.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to four with a field goal after Allan Holland fumbled on the Eastern 9-yard line. The Colonel defense kept Samford from taking full advantage of the gift as Samford settled on a 25-yard field goal.
The fumble was the first one Eastern lost this year.
Holland completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Barber to make it 21-10 Eastern at halftime.
Eastern started the second half with a 7-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a 26-yard rush by Washington, making it 28-10 Eastern.
Samford kicked a field goal its next possession to make it 28-13.
Allan Holland threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Garnett Phelps in Eastern’s next possession to make it 34-13 after the failed extra point attempt.
The 64-yard touchdown pass is the longest thrown by an Eastern quarterback all season.
Josh Greco threw the next Eastern touchdown to make it 40-13 with 1:27 left in the third quarter.
Taylor Long kicked a fourth-quarter field goal to close out the Colonel scoring.
Samford scored a touchdown with five seconds left, but, by then, the game’s end was no longer in question.
Allan Holland completed 11 of 16 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Washington gashed Samford for 94 yards on ten carries and scored a touchdown. Dunn had nine carries for 51 yards.
The Colonels had 430 yards total offense.
“We came out in the game and executed,” Washington said. “It worked out fine for us.”
Samford gashed Eastern’s defense for 414 yards and 20 points, but the five interceptions doomed the Bulldogs’ effort.
“We had pressure on the quarterback all night,” said defensive back Derrick Huff. Huff had two interceptions on the afternoon. alongside Zach Denton and Brandon Gathof.
This is potentially the final contest between the two schools as Samford is moving to the Southern Conference next season. Including Saturday’s win, Eastern has an 8-1 record overall against Samford.
The Colonels return to action this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. to face defending OVC Champion Eastern Illinois at Charleston, Ill.