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CU football defeats Cumberland U 63-53 at Finley Stadium
Hunter Brown completes 33-of-55 passes for 528 yards
Next: Campbellsville at Lindsey Wilson College, Sat 11 Nov 2017 at 1:30pmCT, at Blue Raider Stadium, 928 Russell Road, Columbia, KY
By David Gerhart, assistant sports information director
CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - (Sat 4 Nov 2017) The 21st-ranked Campbellsville football team set a new program record for most yards of total offense in a game with 746 yards in a 58-34 victory over No. 22 Cumberland University on Saturday at Finley Stadium.
Campbellsville's previous record for most total offensive yards in a game was 698 against Kentucky Wesleyan College on Oct. 5, 1996. In that game, the Tigers walked away with a 63-53 victory on the road of the Panthers.
Hunter Brown completed 33-of-51 passes in the game for 528 yards for the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division). Brown's performance now sits third all-time in passing yards in a game and he his tied for second in the program record book with six touchdowns passes.
Keanu Young racked up 185 receiving yards in the game and grabbed 10 passes - three for touchdowns. He now sits tied for eighth in the program record book in receptions in a game and was one shy of his career high he set early this season, while his 185 receiving yards are fourth-most in program history a second-most in his career - both his career highs came earlier this season against Bethel University. Young also finished with a career-high three touchdowns catches.
Along with a season-high 528 passing yards, the Tigers rushed for 250 yards - which was 14 yards off its season best of 264 against Cincinnati Christian University.
Darius Moore led Campbellsville's defense with 10 tackles and forced fumble. Entering the week with 29 sacks on the season, the Tigers were only able to generate one against the Phoenix (6-4, 2-3 MSC Bluegrass). Over its first eight games of the season, Cumberland averaged 268.3 rushing per game this season, but Campbellsville held the Phoenix to just 94 yards on the ground. This was the first time the Phoenix have been held to under 100 yards rushing all season.
Campbellsville got the first possession of the game and ran eight plays in 3:25, but the Tigers' 45-yard drive was cut short inside the red zone after Jeremy Williams picked off Brown to give the Phoenix the ball at their 20-yard line. Cumberland took 2:53 to go 80 yards in seven plays to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
After being forced to punt on its second drive of the game, Campbellsville got its offense rolling on its third drive. The Tigers marched down the field in five plays and scored its first touchdown of the afternoon.
Brown hit Zerric Willis for a 40-yard touchdown pass, which was one of seven touchdowns of at least 40 yards on the day and six scores came from at least 50 yards out. In total, the Tigers had eight plays of over 20 yards, compared to six from Cumberland.
Campbellsville's offense scored a touchdown on the five-straight possessions to hedge ahead of the Phoenix.
Deandre Hollis corralled a fumble and returned it for a potential score, but a Tiger penalty brought the ball back all the way to the Campbellsville 35-yard line. However, on the next play, Brown tossed a 65-yard bomb to Kendon Young to give the Tigers a 14-7 edge.
Cumberland tied the game at 14 on the ensuing possession, but the Campbellsville offense continued to roll as it recorded touchdowns on its next two drives. Brown had his third-straight touchdown pass of over 40 yards after hitting Keanu Young from 75 yards out.
Brown found Keanu Young for the second-straight drive with an 11-yard touchdown connection to extend the Campbellsville lead to two scores. With 1:45 left in the first half, the Tigers extended its least to 21 points after Keanu Young caught is career-best third touchdown pass of the game.
All seven scoring drives in the first 30 minutes of action were over 55 yards, but each drive was under three minutes long. The Tigers had scoring scoring drives of 58, 65, 75, 90 and 80 yards, while running a combined 20 plays over those drives and had the ball for just 12:18 in the first half.
Hunter Brown threw for 373 yards and five touchdowns in the first half alone, while Keanu Young caught six passes for 122 yards and three touchdowns.
Cumberland had the ball to start the second half, but after Phoenix crossed into Campbellsville territory, the Tiger defense forced a turnover on downs.
The big plays continued to pace Campbellsville as Jordan Brown took the third play of the ensuing drive 50 yards for his first rushing touchdown of the season.
Bradley Bates extended the Tiger lead with a 34-yard field goal as Campbellsville held a 45-14 advantage over Cumberland half way through the third quarter. Excluding the 50-second drive that ended the first half for Campbellsville, the Tigers scored on seven possessions after throwing an interception and punting on their first two drives of the game.
Wade Holtsclaw notched his 11th rushing touchdown of the season, plunging in from the seven-yard line. Holtsclaw has now rushed in for a score in the last six games, and has a rushing touchdown in all but one game this season.
After scoring 38-straight points, Cumberland snapped the Campbellsville run with a 76-yard touchdown pass and catch from Dezmon Huntley to Luke Turner on the first play after Holtsclaw's rushing touchdown.
The Phoenix started to generate the long plays that the Tigers had throughout most of the afternoon. Huntley tossed his second touchdown pass of over 75 yards in as many drives after he found Ian Hafner for an 84-yard touchdown. The 84-yard touchdown pass and catch was Cumberland's longest play of the season.
On the ensuing point after attempt, a bobble snapped forced Joseph Rushin to throw the ball, but Moore intercepted the pass. Moore returned the ball 85 yards, but was 15 yards short of a Campbellsville two-point score.
The Tigers got back in on the scoring after back-to-back punts with an eight-play 46-yard drive. The drive ended with Hunter Brown throwing a four-yard fade to Kendon Young to push Campbellsville ahead 58-27.
Cumberland did not go away however, as Huntley threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Denarius Toliver, to bring the Phoenix within 24 points with under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Mahari Sturgis ended any comeback effort from Cumberland with his first interception of the season. The Tigers closed out the game and picked up a 58-34 victory over Cumberland.
Prior to the game, head coach Perry Thomas and the Campbellsville football program recognized their 11 graduating seniors in their final regular-season game at Finley Stadium. Seniors: Zerric Willis, Elmer Barron, Justin Ramos, Khalil Baker, Ryan Grattan, Bradley Bates, Ty'lan Byas, Chantz Goodman, Raphael Turner, Ray Coleman and Cruise Coulter were al recognized prior to kickoff on Saturday
This story was posted on 2017-11-04 17:09:34
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