|October 14, 2017||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|CU||TD||12:01||Parker 1 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)|
|CU||TD||03:32||Toliver 15 Yd Pass From Huntley (Travecedo kick)|
|BETH||TD||03:20||Reddick (McCann kick)|
|CU||TD||14:28||Turner 11 Yd Pass From Rushin (Travecedo kick)|
|BETH||TD||04:15||Rudd 75 Yd Pass From Castronova (McCann kick)|
|CU||TD||00:30||Johnson 20 Yd Pass From Huntley (Travecedo kick)|
|BETH||TD||00:00||Bates 30 Yd Pass From Castronova (McCann kick)|
|CU||FG||09:21||Travecedo 29 Yd|
|CU||TD||13:53||North 9 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)|
|CU||TD||09:11||North 62 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)|
|CU||TD||02:05||Rushin 35 Yd Run (Travecedo kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BETH||CU|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-15||9-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-4||1-1|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||337 (25-48)||108 (12-25)|
|Rushing (Att)||113 (31)||564 (59)|
LEBANON, Tenn. – Kimlee North scored twice in the fourth quarter on TD runs of nine and 62 yards and 24th-ranked Cumberland posted the last 24 points of the game, racking up 564 rushing yards in a 52-21 victory over Bethel University in football action here Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field.
The Phoenix (6-2, 2-1 Mid-South Bluegrass) led 28-21 at the half and just 31-21 at the end of three quarters before pulling away from the Wildcats (1-6, 0-3) in the final period. North’s nine-yard TD run made it 38-21 and after the Cumberland defense held on the ensuing Bethel possession, the sophomore running back burst through the middle and outran three defenders for a 62-yard score, essentially sealing the win for the home team.
Joseph Rushin’s 35-yard TD scamper with 2:05 was the icing on the cake for the Phoenix, which improved to 4-0 at home this season and won its second straight after two consecutive losses.
Kris Parker paced three Cumberland rushers with more than 100 yards on the ground, carrying 17 times for a career-best 177 yards with one TD. North finished with 154 yards on 14 carries and quarterback Dezmon Huntley recorded 144 yards on 17 attempts as well.
Huntley also tossed two touchdown passes – 15 yards to Denarius Toliver and 20 yards to Kendall Johnson – and Rushin added an 11-yard scoring toss to Luke Turner. Cumberland piled up 672 yards of total offense on 84 yards, a staggering 8.0 yards-per-play in the contest.
Sam Castranova passed for 327 yards on 24-of-47 with two touchdowns and one interception for the Wildcats, which managed 450 yards of total offense but also had three turnovers. Taye Davis rushed 18 times for 110 yards as well for Bethel.
Cumberland marched 64 yards on seven plays for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game, with Ian Hafner catching a nine-yard pass on the only third down of the possession. Huntley rushed 35 yards on the option to the right and two plays later Parker scored from a yard out for a 7-0 edge less than three minutes into the contest.
DeAnthony Patrick broke up a third down pass just over midfield on the first Bethel drive of the contest but Luke Mitchum’s punt was down at the CU5. The Phoenix drove 95 yards on 12 plays, taking more than six minutes off the clock.
Huntley rushed for 11 yards on the initial third down of the drive and Telvin Rucker carried for 24 yards on another third down play. Huntley’s pass to Hafner for four yards converted yet another third down before a 15-yard completion to Lorel Morton.
Two plays later Toliver caught a flare to the left and with the help of a good block from Turner, he went down the sideline for 15 yards and the TD, giving CU a 14-0 advantage with 3:32 left in the first quarter.
Bethel got on the board on the ensuing kickoff, with J’Kobi Reddick going 87 yards for the touchdown, right up the middle and through several Cumberland would-be tacklers.
The Phoenix answered with another scoring drive, moving 71 yards on 10 plays this time, including a 17-yard scamper from Huntley on third down. Rucker carried for 11 yards and another first down and then got nine yards on a fourth down, moving the ball to the Wildcats 11 thanks to a personal foul after the play. Rushin then found Turner for an 11-yard TD pass and a 21-7 CU advantage early in the second period.
Bethel covered 40 yards on 10 plays on its next4 drive, moving inside the CU35, but a bad shotgun snap was recovered and returned 27 yards by JarVis Ruff to the BU38. The drive stalled at the Bethel 23 and Pablo Dongarra Travecedo’s 40-yard field goal was pushed wide right.
The Wildcats moved 53 yards on 12 plays on the next possession, including a 13-yard completion from Castronova to Marvin Rudd and an 11-yard run by Davis. A sack by DeAnthone Morse and Donovan Norfleet pushed the Wildcats back and Castronova’s incompletion on fourth down gave the ball back to the home team.
After the first punt of the contest by the Phoenix, a busted coverage gave Bethel another big play, this one a 75-yard catch-and-run from Castronova to Rudd down the left sideline, cutting the Cumberland lead to 21-14.
The second turnover of the contest by the Wildcats allowed CU a chance to add to the lead late in the half, with Patrick getting his first interception of the year and first INT since November 14, 2015, setting up Cumberland at the BU35 with 1:57 left in the period.
Huntley rushed for 10 yards on first down and then found Johnson three plays later for a 20-yard TD pass, giving CU a 28-14 lead with just 30 seconds remaining in the half.
Castronova completed a 10-yard pass to Vonte Bates and got a 14-yard completion to Mitchum right on the sideline to midfield. Rudd’s 18-yard completion set-up one final play before the half and Bates caught a 30-yard pass in the back of the end zone after the buzzer, cutting the deficit to 28-21 for the Wildcats.
The third quarter included four punts, two missed field goals and two turnovers before the teams. Cumberland was not able to take advantage of a fumble by the Wildcats nor a punt that went backwards one yard near midfield. The Phoenix finally put together a drive late in the period, with North carrying twice for 15 yards and a pass interference penalty on Bethel giving CU another first down.
Huntley’s rush for 37 yards down the left sideline on 3rd-and-19 set-up North’s nine-yard TD run early in the period. Parker nearly had his second rushing touchdown of the game on the next CU drive, but he fumbled at the one heading into the end zone.
Cumberland travels to fifth-ranked Lindsey Wilson next Saturday for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff in Columbia, Ky.