Bulldogs fall at Newberry, 20-3
Saturday, September 19, 2009
NEWBERRY, S.C. – Cumberland played tough in the first half, but Newberry scored three second-half touchdowns en route to a 20-3 victory over Cumberland Saturday night here at Setzler Field.
 
The Bulldogs (1-2) limited the home team to just 121 yards of offense in the first half, caused a pair of turnovers and held Newberry on downs once. But the bigger team wore down the Bulldogs in the second half, rushing for 159 yards after the break and three scores to post the victory.
 
Cumberland managed only 80 yards of total offense, including just 28 yards passing. Curt Bureau was 7-for-18 for 22 yards while freshman Christian Burnett saw his first action of the year late in the contest.
 
Stephon Ramson registered 12 tackles and Todd Holman added 11 tackles with a sack for the CU defense that played really well the entire contest. Newberry totaled 380 yards of offense, with 259 coming after halftime.
 
The Bulldog defense came up with two big stops in the first quarter, with Josh Smith recovering a fumble and then Cody McCallister coming up from his safety position to tackle Newberry’s Gerald Legree on a 4th-and-2 late in the period.
 
After McCallister’s tackle, CU put together a nine-play drive that covered 36 yards before Nick Sasser booted a season-long 41-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with 13:35 remaining in the second quarter.
 
The Cumberland defense stiffened again late in the second period after a nine-play Newberry drive. Chris Simpson did not bite on a double move and Ransom hurried quarterback Brandon Gantt into a high throw, forcing a 34-yard field goal that was wide left. Cumberland took a 3-0 lead to halftime after a late interception by Allante’ McLemore.
 
Newberry (2-1) put together a 15-play drive on the opening possession of the second half, but again came up empty after missing a 32-yard field goal, keeping the Bulldogs ahead, 3-0.
 
The home team finally got on the scoreboard on their next possession, an eight-play drive capped by a 12-yard touchdown run from Legree. Newberry ran the ball on all eight plays, covering 53 yards.
 
After a 21-yard punt return by Antonio Patton, S.J. Worrell scored on a 13-yard run for Newberry for a 13-3 lead after Holman blocked the extra point.
 
Alkeem Sherman scored on fourth down from a yard out with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter, putting Newberry ahead, 20-3.
 
Cumberland hosts the University of the Cumberlands next Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium at 1:30 p.m.
 
GAME NOTES
  • Tonight’s contest versus Newberry College is the first for the Bulldogs against a Division II opponent since 2004 versus Kentucky Wesleyan. Cumberland has played an NCAA FCS opponent in each of the last four seasons - Chattanooga (2008), Tennessee Tech (2007) and Austin Peay (2005-06).
  • Nick Sasser’s 41-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter was the longest of the season for the redshirt sophomore and also was his second 3-pointer in three contests. The Brunswick, Ga., native made a 34-yard field goal in the season opener versus Campbellsville Univ. 
  • Josh Smith’s fumble recovery in the first quarter was the fifth for the Bulldogs this season and the first for Smith. It was the second career fumble recovery for the Flintstone, Ga., native, with the other coming versus Bethel College on Oct. 4, 2008. 
  • Allante’ McLemore’s interception five seconds before halftime was the first of his career and the sixth pick this season for the Bulldog defense. CU’s defense collected 16 interceptions in 11 contests in 2008. 
  • Todd Holman registered his first sack of the season early in the third quarter. It was the third sack of his career for the Sparta, Tenn., native. The sack was the fifth of the year for Cumberland’s defense. 
  • With the loss the Bulldogs moved to 2-2 in road openers under head coach Dewayne Alexander ... Freshman Christian Burnett entered the game in the fourth quarter, his first game action of the season ... Kenny Sallis caught a six-yard pass in the fourth period for his first career reception ... Cumberland played 51 total players in the contest.