BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Cole Copeland passed for 261 yards and two touchdowns, and he also rushed for two scores as Chattanooga beat Samford 55-13 on Saturday.

On Chattanooga's first offensive play, Tyrell Price came out of the backfield and caught a short pass over the middle from Copeland before racing 42 yards for a score. Copeland capped an eight-play drive on the Mocs' next possession with a 2-yard score for a 14-3 lead. It was 31-3 at halftime.

Ailym Ford carried it 28 times for 139 yards for Chattanooga (4-3, 3-1 Southern), which has won seven straight in the series. Copeland was 11-of-14 passing.

Rashun Freeman highlighted the defense effort for Chattanooga with a 2-yard pick-six. Jerrell Lawson intercepted his fourth pass of the season, and sixth of career, and Brandon Dowdell also made an interception.

Liam Welch was 15 of 29 for 131 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions for Samford (3-4, 2-3). The Bulldogs had just 11 first first downs and 200 yards of total offense.


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