Valdosta State Runs by Ouachita Baptist 31-3

Michael Terry established a new career-high in rushing yardage for the second straight game as he picked up 181 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. Terry's 181 yards proved to be the most by a Blazer since Aaron Jenkins picked up 204 yards against Central Arkansas on October 19, 2002 while VSU�s total rushing yardage was the most by the Blazers since picking up 315 yards against North Alabama on October 27, 2001.

Ouachita Baptist (3-2, 1-2) opened the scoring as it garnered a 31-yard field goal from Zach Wright with 5:59 to go in the first quarter. The Tigers gained possession of the ball when Jerry McNeil stripped Terry of the ball in Valdosta State territory. Robert McKee fell on the ball on the VSU 39. OBU closed to the Blazer three yard line and appeared to get a touchdown on a Willie Hopson run, but a holding penalty backed the ball up to the 12 before Michael Cullen dropped Lance Parker for a loss to force the field goal.

Valdosta State (4-0, 2-0) responded on its next drive with a 31-yard field goal of its own. Willie Copeland completed five-of-10 passes for 53 yards on the drive, setting up Zac Williams' 31-yard successful field goal attempt.

Roger King gave VSU the lead early in the second quarter when he fielded a Craig McFarlin 52-yard punt and found a hole down the sideline for a 61-yard touchdown return and a 10-3 VSU lead.

Terry, who tallied just 32 yards in the first half, wasted little time in upping that total in the second half as he scored on a 56-yard run on the Blazers' first drive of the third quarter. He picked up nine yards on the first play of the drive before finding a hole on a cut-back on the second to out-race the defense to the goal line.

VSU upped its lead to 24-3 two drives later as Copeland hooked up with Cedric Jones for a 21-yard touchdown pass. The Blazers gained 28 yards on their first play of the drive as Ronnye Nelson picked up 13 yards rushing while a face-mask penalty moved the ball another 15 yards. Copeland proceeded to complete two-of-three passes to move the ball to the OBU 21. On the next play, the senior quarterback was flushed out of the pocket and shoveled the ball to Jones right before being hit by a Tiger defensive lineman. Jones raced to the one and dove over the goal line as an Ouachita Baptist safety reached him for the score.

Terry closed out the scoring less than five minutes into the fourth quarter as the Blazer offensive line opened a hole on the right-side of the line, allowing the senior running back to rush 69 yards untouched for the score.

VSU finished with 519 yards of total offense as Copeland completed 22-of-37 passes for 218 yards. Nelson picked up 50 yards on seven carries while Thomas Arnold carried the ball five times for 24 yards. Jones caught five passes for 57 yards while Zach Parker finished with four catches and 43 yards.

William Montford led the VSU defense with 12 tackles while Cullen had nine and Sherard Reynolds eight.

Ouachita Baptist finished with 258 total yards of offense, including 104 rushing and 154 passing. Lance Parker completed 18-of-37 passes on the drive while Willie Hopson picked up 81 yards on 24 rushes. Julius Pruitt led the Tiger receiving corps with eight receptions and 73 yards.

Valdosta State returns to action Saturday, October 6 when it travels to Magnolia, Ark. to face Southern Arkansas in a GSC match-up at Wilkins Stadium. The game is slated for a 2:00 p.m. Eastern kickoff.

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