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ETSU takes SoCon title, edges Mercer 38-35

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) Tyler Riddell threw a 13-yard touchdown to Malik Murray with 1:47 left and No. 8-ranked East Tennessee State beat No. 21 Mercer 38-35 on Saturday to win the Southern Conference title.

Mercer kicker Delvin Folser missed a 42-yard field goal attempt for a chance to tie it as time expired in front of a record crowd of 10,594.

It was the fourth time this season ETSU (10-1, 8-1) rallied to win after trailing in the second half. The Buccaneers built a 21-10 halftime lead before the Bears (7-3, 6-2) scored 18 points in the third quarter.

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Leaders
Passing Yards: F. Payton1683
Passing TDs: F. Payton12
Rushing Yards: F. Davis850
Rushing TDs: F. Davis14
Receiving Yards: T. James611
Receiving TDs: T. James7
Interceptions: None 
Schedule 2021
Date Opponent Result / Time
9/2 vs. Point University W 69 - 0
9/11 at 1 Alabama L 14 - 48
9/25 at Furman W 24 - 3
10/2 vs. Samford W 45 - 42
10/9 at Western Carolina W 34 - 24
10/16 vs. VMI L 7 - 45
10/23 vs. Wofford W 45 - 14
10/30 at Citadel W 34 - 7
11/13 vs. Chattanooga W 10 - 6
11/20 at ETSU L 35 - 38
Southern
  Conference Overall
9 ETSU 7-1 11-1
25 Mercer 6-2 7-3
Chattanooga 5-3 6-5
Western Carolina 4-4 4-7
Furman 4-4 6-5
Virginia Military 4-4 6-5
Samford 3-5 4-7
Citadel 3-5 4-7
Wofford 0-8 1-10
Offense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 4097 (47)
Passing Yards: 2022 (79)
Rushing Yards: 2075 (23)
Points per game: 31.7 (25)
Yards per game: 409.7 (28)
Touchdowns: 39 (37)
Field Goals: 10 (58)
Defense (FCS Rank)
Yards: 3275 (13)
Passing Yards: 1794 (6)
Rushing Yards: 1481 (39)
Points per game: 22.7 (31)
Yards per game: 327.5 (22)
Touchdowns: 27 (24)
Field Goals: 6 (18)
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