MACON, Ga. — Devlin Hodges threw a pair of touchdown passes to Chris Shelling and the Samford recorded a pair of second-half safeties as the Bulldogs handled Mercer, 20-3 in a Southern Conference battle Saturday.

Hodges, the SoCon offensive player of the month for October, threw a six-yard strike to Shelling with :33 left in the first half to give Samford a 10-3 halftime lead, then padded it with a 16-yard toss midway through the third quarter.

On second down at its own 10 yard line, Mercer was caught for a 10-yard loss for the first safety. On third-and-9 from his own 9, Kaelan Riley was sacked by Brett Granger with 2:37 left to complete the scoring.

Hodges completed 36 of 49 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns to lead Samford (6-3, 4-2).

Riley was 18 of 38 for 158 yards. Mercer (4-3, 3-4) managed just 184 yards of offense.

More AP college football: and

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.