November 03, 20181st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland Univ.21137041
Kentucky Christian6100622
1st Quarter
CUTD13:35Rucker 6 Yd Run (Kline kick)
KCUTD11:37Smith 3 Yd Run (Parra-Curiel missed kick)
CUTD10:22Johnson 50 Yd Pass From Huntley (Kline kick)
CUTD01:48Huntley 5 Yd Run (Kline kick)
2nd Quarter
KCUTD14:53Wheeler 6 Yd Pass From Smith
CUTD11:32Rushin 4 Yd Run (Kline kick)
CUTD06:34Toliver 83 Yd Pass From Huntley (Kline missed kick)
3rd Quarter
CUTD07:39Johnson 3 Yd Run (Kline kick)
4th Quarter
KCUTD13:45Smith 1 Yd Run
Stats at a GlanceCUKCU
1st Downs2629
3rd Down Conversions7-1210-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-7
Passing (Comp-Att)165 (4-11) 275 (22-52)
Rushing (Att)394 (61) 156 (39)
Total Yards559431
Fumbles Lost11
Football rushes past Knights, 41-22
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Football rushes past Knights, 41-22
Telvin Rucker gained 142 yards on 22 carries and one TD in CU's 41-22 win Saturday at Kentucky Christian. (Credit Steve Wampler)

GRAYSON, Ky. – Telvin Rucker rushed for 142 yards and one touchdown and Joseph Rushin added 97 yards and one TD, as Cumberland gained 384 yards on the ground in a 41-22 victory over Kentucky Christian in football action here Saturday afternoon.

The Phoenix (5-5, 3-2 Mid-South Bluegrass) for four touchdowns and Dezmon Huntley passed for two others. Cumberland outscored the Knights, 34-16, in the first half and the CU defense picked up two turnovers as well as stopping KCU inside the five in the first quarter.

Rucker gained 118 yards on 14 attempts in the second half, as Cumberland rushed for 215 yards on 33 carries in the final 30 minutes. The junior scored on a six-yard TD to begin the scoring for the Phoenix and Rushin added a three-yard score early in the second quarter.

Huntley tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Johnson in the first quarter and an 84-yard catch-and-run to Denarius Toliver in the second period. Johnson added eight carries for 67 yards and one TD and Huntley scored on a four-yard run in the first half as well.

The Cumberland defense made three stops on its own side of the field in the first two quarters, one at the CU1 and others at the 16 and 24-yard line of the Phoenix. Kentucky Christian ran 92 plays and gained 432 yards but held the ball for just 23 minutes.

KCU’s Jug Smith completed 22-of-53 passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also ran for 79 yards and two TDs on 16 attempts.

Kimlee North jump-started the Phoenix with a 78-yard kickoff return to open the game to the KCU16 and three plays later, Rucker carried defenders into the end zone for a six-yard TD and a 7-0 CU lead just 85 seconds into the contest.

The Knights answered with eight consecutive rushing plays, chewing up 68 yards. Javen Harrison gained 32 yards on four attempts and Smith carried the final three yards, but Ahmad Taylor blocked the extra point and CU led 7-6.

The Phoenix came right back quickly, with Huntley hitting Johnson down the right sideline for a 50-yard TD pass, extending the lead to 14-6 at the 10:22 mark of the opening period.

Kentucky Christian marched down the field again on the ensuing drive, covering 55 yards on seven plays to the CU1, but the Phoenix defense made a pair of tackles to keep the Knights out of the end zone, with Aaron White and Tony Bennett shooting the gap on third down and Coleton Thomas and White making the tackle on fourth down.

Cumberland came back with its longest scoring drive of the year, moving 98 yards on 12 plays and taking more than five minutes off the clock. A facemask penalty on KCU and an eight-yard run by Rushin gave CU first downs and a nice sideline grab by Marcus Bryson for 14 yards moved the chains again.

Huntley gained 36 yards on the sweep to the right, cutting up the run before breaking free in the secondary. Three plays later the quarterback ducked behind two linemen for a four-yard TD run, extending the advantage to 21-6.

Devon McCoy made an 11-yard catch and then turned a short gain into 50 yards to the CU4 on the next Knights possession. Anton Wheeler caught a four-yard fade pass for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter and he also made the grab on a two-point conversion, cutting the CU lead to 21-14.

Cumberland answered with another scoring drive, this time moving 62 yards on eight plays. The Knights committed a roughing the kicker penalty to keep the possession alive and Rushin gained the final 31 yards on three straight carries, making it 28-14 with 11:32 left in the half.

The Knights got four first downs via penalty, three of those for pass interference or defensive holding, on the next drive, but the Phoenix defense got off the field after 13 plays and almost five minutes off the clock, forcing an incompletion at the CU16.

Huntley fumbled the snap on the first play of the ensuing drive but recovered and tossed a long pass to Toliver, who outraced one KCU defender for an 84-yard TD pass, the longest play from scrimmage this season for the Phoenix. The Knights blocked the extra point after a false start penalty and Cameron Heath returned it for a two-point conversion, making the score 34-16 with 6:34 remaining in the period.

Terry Tiller forced a fumble by the Knights but Huntley returned the favor with an interception. Jimmy Keys, Jr., picked up his fifth interception of the year on the next-to-last play of the half and the Phoenix led 34-16 at the half.

Johnson’s three-yard TD run midway through the third period extended the lead to 41-16. The Knights scored early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Smith.

Cumberland ends the season next week at third-ranked Bethel University at 1:30 p.m.