October 20, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Lindsey Wilson076821
Cumberland Univ.737724
1st Quarter
CUTD04:58North 12 Yd Run (Kline kick)
2nd Quarter
LWCTD01:59Boyd 4 Yd Run (Dougherty kick)
CUFG00:00Kline 26 Yd
3rd Quarter
CUTD13:27Huntley 1 Yd Run (Kline kick)
LWCTD03:47Wyche 14 Yd Pass From Dukes (Dougherty missed kick)
4th Quarter
CUTD11:03Rushin 8 Yd Run (Kline kick)
LWCTD08:34Tate 10 Yd Pass From Dukes
Stats at a GlanceLWCCU
1st Downs2023
3rd Down Conversions6-166-15
4th Down Conversions3-52-3
Passing (Comp-Att)125 (13-28) 122 (6-10)
Rushing (Att)159 (36) 292 (68)
Total Yards284414
Fumbles Lost00
Phoenix defeat No. 4 Lindsey Wilson, 24-21, on Senior Day
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Phoenix defeat No. 4 Lindsey Wilson, 24-21, on Senior Day
Joseph Rushin lowers his head for the final yards on his eight-yard TD run in the fourth quarter in CU's 24-21 win over Lindsey Wilson. (Credit Coy Gill)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland scored three rushing yards and gained 292 yards on the ground while the Phoenix defense limited fourth-ranked Lindsey Wilson to just 284 yards of total offense in a 24-21 CU victory here Saturday in football action at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The Phoenix (4-5, 2-2 Mid-South Bluegrass) defeated a Top 10 opponent for the first time since posting a 42-7 win over Georgetown College in 1999. The victory also ended a three-game losing streak in the series to the Blue Raiders (5-2, 2-1).

Kimlee North gave the Phoenix a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 12-yard run, his first rushing touchdown of the year, and Sean Kline’s 26-yard field goal on the final play of the first half made it 10-7 Phoenix at the break.

The Cumberland defense forced the only turnover of the game on the first offensive play of the third quarter, with Damian Starks knocking down a screen pass and the ball fell in the hands of Malik Trollinger, who was laying on the ground. Four plays later Dezmon Huntley scored on a quarterback sneak and the home team led, 17-7.

The Blue Raiders answered with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Cam Wyche late in the third period, but after an exchange of punts, Cumberland took over at the LWC47 to start the final quarter.

The Phoenix punched in the touchdown on an eight-yard run from Joseph Rushin for a 24-13 advantage. Lindsey Wilson pulled within a field goal on a 10-yard TD pass to Umar Tate with 8:34 remaining, but the Cumberland defense held twice in the last 3:34, with Jimmy Keys, Jr., knocking away a fourth down pass with 1:27 remaining and the Blue Raiders running out of time near midfield to end the game.

Cumberland rushed 68 times for 292 yards, including 20 carries for Telvin Rucker, Rushin and Huntley while eating up more than 37 minutes off the clock. The first scoring drive for CU took more than seven minutes and the Phoenix held the ball for nearly 12 minutes in the first period.

Huntley also completed 6-of-10 passes for 122 yards and more important, the Phoenix did not commit a turnover for the first time all season.

Cameron Dukes passed for 125 yards on 13-of-27 with two touchdowns but was sacked five times for the Blue Raiders. Jaylen Boyd carried 16 times for 96 yards and one TD as well.

On the second drive of the game, Cumberland marched 82 yards on 15 plays, converting one third down and one fourth down while picking up five first downs. North’s 12-yard scamper around the left side put the Phoenix ahead, 7-0, with 4:58 left in the opening period. LWC managed just three yards of offense on six offensive plays in the first quarter.

The Phoenix posted four first downs and converted another fourth down play on its next possession, moving 15 yard on 50 plays and overcoming a holding call thanks to the option to the left, with Huntley rushing for five yards before pitching to Kendall Johnson for another 10. The drive stalled at the LWC17 and Kline missed a 34-yard field goal.

Lindsey Wilson gained 50 yards on nine plays on the ensuing possession, but on fourth down Jace Capps forced an errant throw by Dukes and LWC turned the ball over on downs.

Midway through the period the Blue Raiders got on track offensively, though, going 68 yards on 11 plays, picking up four first downs. Boyd carried three straight times, getting four yards on fourth down for the touchdown and evening the game at seven with 1:59 left before halftime.

Cumberland got a first down with two runs from Rucker and Huntley found Denarius Toliver for 25 yards. Rushin’s carry for 10 yards to the nine set-up the 26-yard field goal to end the period, giving CU a 10-7 edge at the break.

Starks’ deflection and the interception by Trollinger gave the Phoenix the ball at the LWC21 to start the second half. Four plays later Huntley scored from a yard out and it was 17-7 CU.

Lindsey Wilson moved 86 yards on 10 plays midway through the period, converting a pair of third downs and gaining 10 yards on a personal foul (half the distance to the goal). Dukes found Wyche across the back of the end zone but the snap was bad and the PAT hit the right upright for a 17-13 contest.

Huntley’s 46-yard toss to Toliver to start the ensuing drive put the Phoenix in plus territory but a fumble and a false start penalty pushed the club backward. Helman Garcia’s 28-yard punt was downed at the LWC4 and the Cumberland defense forced a three-and-out, nearly sacking Dukes in the end zone. Lindsey Wilson punted the CU took over at the LWC47 to start the fourth quarter.

Cumberland got a bit of luck on the next drive, with a third down pass across the middle hitting the hands of Ian Hafner and popping into the gut of Toliver for a 26-yard gain. Rushin bulled his way into the end zone on the next play and the Phoenix led 24-13 with 11:03 remaining.

Lindsey Wilson answered with a six-play, 65-yard drive thanks to two pass interference and one defensive holding call on CU. Dukes scrambled on a roll out and found Tate in the back of the end zone for a touchdown with 8:34 to play.

The Phoenix moved the ball on the ensuing drive, eating up clock and gaining two first downs and 28 yards. Garcia’s punt pushed LWC back to its own 28.

The Blue Raiders pulled out a double-pass on second down but the throw from Antoine Jefferson was a little short and Keys, Jr., knocked it away from Wyche. The Cumberland defensive back did the same thing four plays later on a throw to Wyche at the first down sticks.

Cumberland took over at the LWC37 but the Blue Raiders used all three timeouts and stopped a fourth down run by North just inches short, giving the visitors one last chance. A chop block penalty pushed LWC back and the final completion and lateral ran out the clock, preserving the victory for the Phoenix.

Cumberland has next week off and plays its final two regular season games on the road, first at Kentucky Christian on November 3 and then Bethel University on November 10.