Mercer can't hold on at home against #10 Wofford

Mercer gets ready to enter the field prior to their conference opener against Wofford Saturday at Five Star Stadium. /(Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

MACON, GA -- A double-digit lead held most of the game quickly evaporated for the Mercer Bears in the fourth quarter as #10 Wofford rallied for a 28-27 win at Five Star Stadium.

The Bears opened the game strong scoring quickly on their first two possessions. Redshirt Freshman QB Kaelan Riley came out strong scoring three touchdowns in the first half as the Bears took a 21-7 lead into the break.

A second Cole Fisher field goal gave the Bears a 27-14 lead with 8:15 remaining. Wofford answered the bell scoring on back to back drives to take a 28-27 lead following a Blake Morgan fourth-down score with 3:34 remaining.

Mercer was unable to respond down the stretch turning the ball over on their final three possessions.

"It's early in the season," said Head Coach Bobby Lamb. "It's the first game in the conference. There's going to be a lot of them that come down to the wire."

Riley finished the day 14-28 for 167 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. The Bears were able to keep Wofford's option-rushing attack at ease until the fourth quarter. The Terriers mounted 307 yards on the ground.

The Bears have yet to win a Southern Conference opener.

"We can go two ways," Lamb said. "We can come in here tomorrow, buckle up our boots and be ready to go for the next one or we can pout and keeping pouting and keep losing games because we're pouting. I think this group is resilient. I think they'll come back tomorrow at 3:30 ready to work."

Next up for Mercer is a trip to Auburn next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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