September 02, 20171st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland Univ.72101442
Univ. of Cumberlands710101340
1st Quarter
UCTD10:21Robbins 5 Yd Run (Rose kick)
CUTD00:44Rushin 1 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
2nd Quarter
CUTD11:10Rushin 1 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
UCTD10:09Smith 55 Yd Pass From Robbins (Rose kick)
CUTD08:51Huntley 9 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
UCFG05:42Rose 35 Yd
CUTD00:08Rushin 1 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
3rd Quarter
UCTD09:58Claussen 1 Yd Run (Rose kick)
UCFG06:01Rose 37 Yd
4th Quarter
CUTD13:17Rushin 1 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
CUTD12:26Huntley 8 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)
UCTD07:45Hatfield 1 Yd Run (Rose kick)
UCTD01:33Hatfield 3 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceCUUC
1st Downs1813
3rd Down Conversions7-155-17
4th Down Conversions1-14-5
Passing (Comp-Att)291 (13-25) 110 (11-24)
Rushing (Att)132 (46) 117 (45)
Total Yards423227
Fumbles Lost11
Defensive stand preserves 42-40 road win for CU
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Defensive stand preserves 42-40 road win for CU
Dezmon Huntley passed for 291 yards and rushed for 101 and two touchdowns in CU's 42-40 win Saturday at the Cumberlands. (Credit Steve Wampler)

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Dezmon Huntley passed for 291 yards, rushed for 101 and two touchdowns and Joseph Rushin added four TDs on the ground, but the Cumberland defense made a stop on a two-point conversion with 1:33 remaining to preserve a 42-40 victory over the University of the Cumberlands here Saturday night at James H. Taylor II Stadium.

Cumberland’s defense allowed just 227 yards of offense but had its back against the wall much of the night because of 255 yards of kickoff returns, setting up the Patriots (1-1) with a short field on numerous occasions. The unit forced two field goals and nearly had an interception by Alex Campagne on the final drive, but it was negated by a penalty.

It marked the first win for the Phoenix in Williamsburg since 2001 and the first back-to-back victories for CU in the series since 2000-01.

Huntley completed 13-of-25 passes for 291 yards and added rushing touchdowns of nine and eight yards. Rushin carried eight times for four yards in the contest but posted four one-yard TD runs.

The Phoenix (2-0) led 28-17 at the half but the opening drive of the second period ended with a six-yard punt and the Cumberlands taking over at the eight. Four plays later the Patriots scored.

Shedrick Kirk muffed a punt two possessions later and the Patriots took over at the CU26, but the defense held again and forced a 37-yard field goal from Joe Rose, cutting the lead to 28-27.

The Phoenix finally put together some offense late in the period and scored five plays into the final quarter, with Rushin going the final yard for the score. The Cumberlands then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and David Emanuel recovered the fumble.

Huntley rushed twice, the second one for an eight-yard TD, pushing the lead to 42-27 with 12:26 to play.

The kickoff return and a 15-yard penalty put the Patriots at the CU32. The home team changed quarterbacks and moved 32 yards on 10 plays, with Austin Hatfield carrying the final four yards for the TD.

The Cumberlands took over again with 5:27 remaining and moved inside the 15, but Campagne picked off a pass at the 11 on third down. Pass interference was called, giving the Patriots on first down, and three plays later Hatfield rushed three yards for the TD. After a timeout, Shon Jones was stopped on a jet sweep on the two-point try, preserving the win.

The Patriots got on the board first in the contest after an interception and 22-yard return by Jay Woods, setting up the home team at the CU15. Three plays later Josiah Robbins faked the dive and carried around left end for a five-yard TD run and a 7-0 UC advantage.

Cumberland’s offense finally got untracked late in the opening period, moving 92 yards on 10 plays to tie the game at seven.

Huntley hit Marcus Bryson for a 42-yard completion and three plays later found Kendall Johnson for 36 yards, both down the right sideline. Four plays later Rushin carried the final yard for the score and the contest was all square with 44 seconds left in the period.

The Phoenix defense came up with a fourth-down stop at its down 38 on the ensuing possession for the Patriots. Lorel Morton’s 26-yard catch-and-run and a 15-yard personal foul penalty pushed the ball to the UC13. Huntley carried inside the five and Rushin plunged in from the one for a 14-7 edge for the visitors.

The Patriots answered quickly, with Robbins finding Jalen Smith for a 55-yard TD pass after a Cumberland defensive back fell down. That drive took just three plays and knotted the game at 14.

The Phoenix also scored in a hurry thanks to a 49-yard reception by Denarius Toliver to the UC9. Huntley rushed the final nine yards for the score and a 21-14 CU advantage.

The track meet continued with an 82-yard kickoff return by ones, setting up the home team at the CU12. The Patriots moved to the two, but a busted play pushed them back and Tyler Tate got a big sack on third down. Rose booted a 35-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 21-17.

The teams traded punts but Cumberland put together a 77-yard drive just before the half, starting with a 12-yard completion to Morton and a 17-yard run by Huntley. On third down he found Ladarius Rodgers for 44 yards to the one and Rushin found the end zone on third down just eight seconds before the break, with CU taking a 28-17 lead to the locker room.

Huntley completed 10-of-17 passes for 239 yards and rushed seven times for 43 yards and one TD in the opening half. Cumberland’s defense allowed just 138 yards of offense to the Patriots, but 209 yards in kickoff returns for UC continued to give the home team good fielding position.

Cumberland hosts Webber International next week at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field, the last home game for four weeks for CU.