|September 14, 2019||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|CU||TD||13:56||Toliver 46 Yd Pass From Rushin (Brewington kick)|
|TM||TD||11:08||Dillon Powell 28 Yd Run (Alexander Haley kick)|
|TM||TD||01:42||Monalo Caldwell 1 Yd Run (Alexander Haley kick)|
|CU||FG||09:50||Brewington 28 Yd|
|CU||TD||01:27||Rushin 1 Yd Run (Brewington kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||CU||TM|
|3rd Down Conversions||9-15||5-13|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||2-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||122 (9-16)||234 (25-39)|
|Rushing (Att)||233 (51)||134 (34)|
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.--Joseph Rushin leads the Cumberland offense to a 4th quarter touchdown, defeating the Thomas More Saints 17-14 in the first conference game of the season.
The Cumberland (2-0, 1-0 MSC) offense recorded 355 yards for the game. Quarterback Joseph Rushin completed 9 of 16 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown. Rushin also orchestrated the Cumberland running game, making all the right decisions on the option plays, adding a rushing touchdown of his own. Running back Telvin Rucker was a workhorse for the Phoenix, carrying the ball 20 times for 79 yards. Receiver Denarius Toliver recorded three catches for 69 yards, including a long, 46-yard touchdown reception in the 2nd quarter.
Cumberland played stellar defense today, holding a very good Thomas More offense to only 14 points after they have averaged 43.5 points through their first two games. Tony Bennett led the way recording nine total tackles. Jon Carrothers collected eight total tackles and one interception. Tyler Tate recorded eight tackles on the game.
Thomas More (1-2, 0-1 MSC) quarterback Justin Post completed 22 of 32 passes for 211 yards and one interception. Running backs Dillon Powell and Monalo Caldwell recorded one rushing touchdown a piece. The Saints had 368 total yards of offense on the game.
Thomas More opened up on the first drive with a missed field goal. After a few scorless possessions by both teams Cumberland got the scoring started. Rushin completed a 46 yard pass from Rushin to Denaris Toliver. Thomas More responded on the following drive with a 26 yard rushing touchdown by Dillon Powell.
Cumberland defense stepped up in the red zone after giving up a big drive to the Saints. On third down linebacker Jon Carrothers picked off TMU quarterback Justin Post in the end zone to give the Phoenix the ball back with 2:47 left in the half.
The Phoenix went for it on 4th down within 1 minute left in the half and did not convert the first down. Thomas More drove down to the 32-yard line with the remaining 42 seconds to attempt a 50-yard field goal at the last second, but missed it left and short, to bring the half to an end at a 7-7 tie.
Thomas More forced a fumble on running back Tony Mack for their first turnover of the game and the first one on the Phoenix season. The ensuing possession the Phoenix allow penalties to add up with two back to back 15 yard penalties allow the Saints to get additional yardage and yet another penalty inside the 10-yard line. The Saints end up pushing in a 1-yard touchdown rush by Monalo Caldwell.
The Phoenix put together a 16 play drive that started at our own 30-yard line that allowed Robbie Brewington to put in a 28-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 14-10 with 9:50 seconds remaining.
Cumberland defense stands strong and forces a three and out on the next possession, but on the punt the Phoenix had 12 men on the field giving the Saints another chance on 4th down. They tried to get the defensive front to jump, but failed and ran the punt team back out on the field. Ian Hafner took the fair catch at our own 21-yard line.
Thomas More helped Cumberland out on a third down rush by Rucker that ended up short of the sticks, but gives Cumberland a first down with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. On the very next play, Rushin threw an interception that was negated by a defensive pass interference giving CU yet another life. On another third down, Rushin pulled the option and made the pitch to Riley Darden for a first down inside the 10-yard line. Toss sweep put the ball on the 1 for a 3rd and goal. Joseph Rushin pushed in a 1-yard sneak to give the Phoenix the lead. This was a 16 play drive that took up six minutes and 51 seconds of the clock leaving little time for the Saints.
Thomas More had one last chance with 1:21 left on the clock. Quarterback Justin Post led the Saints as they marched up the field. Post connected on back to back sideline routes before picking up rushes of seven yards and 22 yards bring the Saints all the weay to the Cumberland 13 yard line. A holding penalty pushed Thomas More back to the 23 yard line with four seconds left on the clock. Thomas More ran out kicker Alex Haley for the 41 yards try. Haley had already missed two previous field goals on the day. Cumberland took a timeout right as the snap occured and Haley drilled it, but the second attempt, when it counted, Haley hit it off the left upright as time expired giving the Phoenix a very hard fought victory.
Cumberland is on the road next week at St. Andrews in Laurinburg, North Carolina.