The Bulldogs (5-6, 4-4 Southern Conference) spotted Western Carolina (3-8, 2-6) a 10-point lead before a punt return for a TD, a Welch run and a Mitchell Fineran field goal gave Stanford a 17-13 lead by halftime.
Montrell Washington fielded a Western Carolina punt and raced 59 yards for Samford's first score. The Bulldogs scored on their next two possessions - Welch, who rushed for a career-high 105 yards, capping a 13-play drive with a fourth-and-goal keeper from the 1. Jaleel Laguins recovered a Western Carolina fumble and Fineran turned it into points with his 43-yard field goal.
Tyrie Adams was 13-of-29 passing for 181 yards for the Catamounts who were outgained in total offense 404 yards to 251.
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