October 13, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Campbellsville Univ.1770731
Cumberland Univ.0140721
1st Quarter
CAMPTD12:45Young 25 Yd Pass From Davis (Bicksler kick)
CAMPTD07:16Young 11 Yd Pass From Davis (Bicksler kick)
CAMPFG01:18Bicksler 31 Yd
2nd Quarter
CUTD04:09Keys Jr. (Spence kick)
CAMPTD01:08Young 21 Yd Pass From Davis (Bicksler kick)
CUTD00:05Toliver 32 Yd Pass From Huntley (Spence kick)
4th Quarter
CUTD09:40Rushin 3 Yd Run (Spence kick)
CAMPTD01:37Pelt (Bicksler kick)
Stats at a GlanceCAMPCU
1st Downs2117
3rd Down Conversions3-105-17
4th Down Conversions0-10-3
Passing (Comp-Att)240 (17-27) 134 (10-27)
Rushing (Att)124 (40) 170 (45)
Total Yards364304
Fumbles Lost11
Early scores too much for Phoenix to overcome
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Early scores too much for Phoenix to overcome
Jimmy Keys, Jr., returns an interception in Saturday's 31-21 loss to Campbellsville. Keys, Jr., also returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s defense recorded three interceptions, blocked a field goal and returned it for a touchdown and made a goal line stand, but Kendon Young caught three touchdown passes and BJ Pelt’s INT return for a score with 1:37 remaining sealed a 31-21 Campbellsville University victory over the Phoenix here Saturday night at Nokes-Lasater Field.

Tony Bennett blocked a field goal and Jimmy Keys, Jr., returned it 78 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter to get Cumberland (3-5, 1-2 Mid-South Bluegrass) on the board. After an interception late in the period by Prentiss Sumerall, Dezmon Huntley hit Denarius Toliver for a 32-yard TD, cutting the Campbellsville lead to 24-14 at the half.

After posting 331 yards of offense in the first half, Campbellsville managed just 33 in the final two quarters, with the Phoenix picking off Josh Davis twice in the final 30 minutes.

Keys, Jr., collected his fourth interception of the year early in the fourth quarter, returning it to the Tigers’ 32-yard line, and six plays later Joseph Rushin powered in from three yards out. The PAT pulled CU within 24-21 with 9:40 remaining.

Cumberland forced a 3-and-out and moved 47 yards on nine plays, including a nine-yard completion to Toliver on third down. The drive stalled at the 14 but Ian Spence’s 31-yard field goal was pulled left with 4:13 to play.

The defense gave up one first down but forced another punt with 1:58 remaining. Cumberland took over at its own 35 with no timeouts, but on third down Pelt’s interception and return 40 yards for a TD sealed the win for Campbellsville (3-4, 2-1).

Kendall Johnson rushed for a season-high 78 yards on 11 carries for the Phoenix but Huntley struggled in the passing game, completing just 10-for-27 for 134 yards with one TD and one interception.

Campbellsville’s Josh Davis finished with 240 yards passing on 17-of-27 with three touchdowns and three INTs. The freshman lefthander did most of his damage in the first half, gained 237 yards on 15-of-21 with three TDs.

Campbellsville drove the opening possession of the game 67 yards on five plays, including a 12-yard pass to Kendon Young as well as two penalties on the Phoenix. Davis hit Young for a 25-yard TD pass to cap the drive for a 7-0 Tigers lead just over two minutes into the contest. Young finished with eight receptions for 120 yards with three TDs.

Cumberland tried to answer, moving 45 yards on the first six plays, with a 27-yard run by Johnson the bulk of the yardage, but two incompletions and a sack ended the drive for CU.

Jordan Duff caught a 65-yard pass two plays into the next Campbellsville possession. Two plays later Young made an 11-yard TD grab in the back of the end zone for a 14-0 Tigers advantage midway through the opening period.

Campbellsville scored on its next drive as well, covering 61 yards on seven plays, including 11 and 36-yard completions to Young. Duff caught a pass for 20 yards and Davis scrambled for 17 yards, setting up a 31-yard field goal by Noah Bicksler for a 17-0 Tigers lead with 1:18 left in the quarter.

Cumberland managed just 79 yards of total offense in the first period and added 31 to start the second quarter. Campbellsville used almost seven minutes on its first drive of the second period, moving 80 yards on 13 plays.

Ormani Zanders carried seven times for 48 yards on the possession and a pass interference penalty set-up the Tigers at the CU6, but the drive stalled after a penalty and Bicksler attempted a 22-yard field goal, but Bennett broke through the blocked the kick. Keys, Jr., caught the airborne spiral and raced 78 yards for a touchdown, getting the Phoenix on the board at the 4:09 mark of the second period.

Campbellsville answered with an eight-play, 68-yard drive, aided by a roughing the passer penalty. Young got his third TD grab of the game, this one from 21 yards, diving just inside the pylon with 1:08 remaining in the half for a 24-7 Tigers advantage.

Cumberland used just 34 seconds off the clock before punting the Campbellsville tried to get in field goal range but Davis made his first mistake of the game. Sumerall stepped in front of a pass on the Tiger sideline and returns it 10 yards, setting up the Huntley-to-Toliver score with five seconds left in the half.

Cumberland plays its final home game of the season next Saturday, taking on fourth-ranked Lindsey Wilson at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field for Senior Day. Nine players will be honored before the game.