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Gardner-Webb runs over NC A&T to win Big South, clinch playoff berth

The Runnin' Bulldogs rushed for 240 yards and 4 touchdowns defeat North Carolina A&T 38-17 for the school's first Big South championship since 2003.

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. — Gardner-Webb football made history on Saturday, qualifying for the FCS Playoffs for the first time in program history.

The Runnin' Bulldogs beat visiting North Carolina A&T 38-17 to win the Big South Conference championship and earn the league's automatic bid to the postseason.

Gardner-Webb, coached by 33-year-old Tre Lamb, used a strong ground attack and stingy defense to take care of the Aggies.

Both teams came into the game unbeaten in league play. The Runnin' Bulldogs ran for 240 yards and four touchdowns in the lopsided victory. 

Narri Gaither posted 107 yards and two scores. Jayden Brown also ran for two touchdowns.

Gardner-Webb forced four turnovers and held the Aggies to just 87 rushing yards.

Davidson will join the Runnin' Bulldogs in the FCS Playoffs, qualifying for the third-straight season after a 24-23 win over Dayton on Saturday.

The FCS Playoff Selection Show is at 12:30 p.m., Sunday.

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