BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Early in Saturday’s Big South Conference game at Spangler Stadium, Gardner-Webb quarterback Jordan Smith hit Kyle Horton on a 74-yard touchdown pass.
Thus did the Bulldogs seize control early and go on to defeat Presbyterian 38-20.
Smith and Horton connected again before the quarter was over. By the end of the third quarter, Smith had five touchdowns and Gardner-Webb (3-6, 2-1 Big South) a 38-7 lead.
Blue Hose backup quarterback Jordan Morgan threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes. The freshman from Taylors passed for 123 yards and rushed for 99. As a team, Presbyterian (2-6, 0-4) only rushed for 132 as Gardner-Webb piled up 479 total yards to the Blue Hose’ 350.
Morgan also rushed for a touchdown with a nine-yard score that put the Blue Hose on the board with 3:01 remaining in the first half. Keith Pearson and DaShawn Davis each caught seven passes from Morgan and starter John Walker.
Colby Campbell had 11 tackles, Robert Baker 10, to lead the Blue Hose defense.
The game’s leading rusher was Gardner-Webb’s Jaylin Cagle, who gained 105 yards in 14 carries. The Bulldogs scored touchdowns in their first three possessions of the game.
Presbyterian’s final home game kicks off at noon next Saturday, Nov. 10, against Campbell. The Gardner-Webb loss was the Blue Hose' fifth in a row.