LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s record-setting-performance on Saturday helped the Phoenix move back into the Top 25 on Monday, coming in at No. 24 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll released by the national office.
Cumberland set a program-record for largest victory in the modern era (since 1990) with a 58-0 win over Cincinnati Christian on Homecoming at Nokes-Lasater Field. The Phoenix scored a pair of defensive touchdowns and seven different players posted touchdowns, including two rushing TDs from Kimlee North.
Cumberland improved to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference Bluegrass Division. CU dropped its only games of the year in the previous two contests, a 27-20 setback at Division I FCS Presbyterian College, with the Blue Hose scoring the winning touchdown with less than three minutes to play, and a 38-28 defeat at current No. 9 Georgetown College, a contest the Phoenix trailed by three with two minutes to play before the Tigers posted a long scoring run to put the game away.
Cumberland currently ranks sixth nationally in total rushing offense (1,567 yards) and 14th in rushing offense per game (223.9) while holding opponents to just 311.3 yards per contest on defense, good enough for 12th in the nation.
The Phoenix host Bethel University this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field for Faculty-Staff Appreciation Day.