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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Record day helps keep Berry atop SAA standings

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Berry College set a program record with six interceptions in the team’s first trip to Texas on Saturday and rolled to a 44-10 blowout of new conference opponent Austin College.

The Vikings took some time to settle into the game as the Austin ’Roos got out to a 10-0 lead in the opening 16 minutes, but Berry found its footing soon after and held the home team scoreless the rest of the game.

Berry improves to 5-0 on the season and 3-0 against Southern Athletic Association competition, giving the Vikings a solid hold on first place in the conference standings.

Austin Lowe led Berry with 102 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, while quarterback Tate Adcock was 7-of-10 for 79 yards and three touchdowns. The ’Roos were held to just 54 yards rushing and finished with seven total turnovers.

A 20-point second quarter was the biggest part of the Vikings’ comeback as it included a 20-yard score from running back Austin Lowe and a pair of Trey Ciresi touchdown receptions.

Ciresi’s first score was set up by an interception from Antonio White, which he returned 21 yards to give Berry solid field position. White’s second interception came in the third quarter and led to a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped off by CJ Stone’s first career rushing touchdown from a yard out.

The Vikings are back on the road next Saturday, this time in Tennessee for a 7 p.m. kickoff against Sewanee.