ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) -- The defending champion Valdosta State University Blazers opened up their title defense by cruising against the Albany State Rams, 38-3, at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium on Saturday.
It marked the first win for the Blazers under the leadership of head coach Gary Goff and was their 16th-straight win.
The Blazers took a 14-0 lead after one quarter and took a 28-3 lead into the halftime break, with the Blazers logging scores from Seth McGill (10-yard rush), back-to-back Jamar Thompkins scores (a one-yard run and a six-yard reception) and David White (one-yard reception) before the Rams punched through a 39-yard field goal.
The Blazers added their final touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter on Ivory Durham's four-yard touchdown scamper while.
Three of the Blazers' five touchdown drives went at least 75 yards (two went over 90 yards) and were in the double-figures for play counts as VSU wore out the ASU defense.
“I’m very excited," said VSU head football coach Gary Goff. "We needed a game so bad. I mean, that’s a long camp, just because of how the schedule fell this year. But couldn’t be more excited for these young men. They refocused and had a good game. Obviously, there’s a lot we can improve on. I thought the first half was as close of a perfect game as you could play.”
The Blazers outgained the Rams, 426-240, including 246-66 through the air.
VSU quarterback Rogan Wells completed 23 of his 26 pass attempts for 215 yards and tossed two touchdowns.
Quahlin Patterson led the way for the Blazers on the ground, logging 41 rushing yards.
Albany State's Kelias Williams led all rushers with 82 yards on 14 carries.