Bulldogs post big victory, 31-21
LEBANON, Tenn. – Travis Carter registered 198 total yards of offense and two touchdowns and the Cumberland defense held Georgetown College to just 81 yards on the ground in a 31-21 Bulldog victory Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium.
The win was the first for the Bulldogs over Georgetown since 1998 and just the third for Cumberland against the Tigers in the last 20 years.
Carter rushed eight times for 95 yards and a score, including a 72-yard touchdown scamper in the first quarter that pushed his career rushing total over 1,000 yards. The junior also caught seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. The Nashville, Tenn., native caught a short pass and broke at least five tackles en route to a 13-yard TD.
CU quarterback Curt Bureau was again very efficient, completing 20-of-26 passes for 154 yards and two scores. More importantly, Bureau did not throw an interception for the second straight game.
Redshirt freshman Goodloe rushed for 69 yards on seven carries, all in the second half, while Mitch McChurch added 38 yards on 11 rushes.
Georgetown running back Dustin Menetrey rushed for just 64 yards on 14 carries. The Tigers did their biggest damage through the air, with Alex Matthews passing for 201 yards and a score on 18-for-32 before leaving with an injury in the fourth quarter. Tyler Hancock relieved him, going 5-for-9 for 80 yards and a score but two interceptions.
Cumberland dominated play in the opening quarter, gaining 125 yards to just 28 for Georgetown. The Bulldogs got another big play from Carter, who took a jet sweep around the left side for a 72-yard score, giving CU a 7-0 lead at the end of the first period. Carter had an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last week versus Campbellsville University.
Georgetown’s offense was stifled through the first quarter, but the Tigers put together a long drive early in the second period, moving 80 yards on 13 plays. Matthews scrambled to his right on a 3rd-and-10 and found Travis Sberna running across the back of the end zone into the corner. Sberna made a diving catch for a 21-yard score, tying the game at seven.
The Bulldogs answered with their own long drive, grounding out 73 yards on 14 plays, taking seven minutes off the clock. On 3rd-and-goal, Bureau tossed a one-yard TD pass in the corner of the endzone to Ronez Harris, giving CU a 14-7 advantage with just 40 seconds left in the half.
But Georgetown put themselves in position for a field goal on the last play of the half after Matthews found Chris Gohman for a 37-yard completion. Cole Richards’ 21-yard attempt on the last play of the half was wide right, allowing the Bulldogs to take a seven-point lead at the half.
Georgetown got the opening kickoff of the second half, but Kelsea Fordham stripped DeAndre Pitts at the 30. Fordham picked up the fumble and returned it to the five yard line, where McChurch plunged in from the one, giving the Bulldogs a 21-7 lead less than a minute into the third period.
But the Tigers came right back with their second long drive of the game, covering 75 yards on 11 plays. Matthews capped the drive with a seven-yard touchdown run, faking the pitch on the option and breaking three tackles before falling into the endzone.
The Bulldogs took advantage of another Georgetown turnover in the third period, as Anthony Allen intercepted his second pass of the season, this one at the CU 29-yard line. Cumberland drove 53 yards and on the second play of the fourth period, Nick Sasser squeaked a 36-yard field goal just over the crossbar for a 31-14 CU advantage.
GC’s Rob Madon caught a 49-yard TD pass from Hancock with 4:34 remaining in the game, but Chris Simpson and Connor McChurch both intercepted passes in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.
Cumberland plays at 22nd-ranked Newberry College next week before returning home in September 26 to face the University of the Cumberlands.
WANG KICKS FIRST FIELD GOAL: Senior Yue Wang attempted the first field goal of his career in the first quarter. Wang missed a 53-yard attempt wide left. The Tianjin, China, native kicked off six times in the game with an average depth of the six yard line.
CROUCH GOES OVER 1,000: Junior receiver Josh Crouch caught a six-yard pass in the first quarter, pushing his career receiving total over 1,000 yards. The Smyrna, Tenn., native made two catches in the contest for 12 yards, giving him 1,009 career receiving yards.
GOODLOE WITH BIG DAY: Redshirt freshman Thomas Goodloe saw the first action of his career and made a huge contribution. Goodloe spelled Mitch McChurch at fullback in the third quarter and made a 26-yard run on his first touch of the ball, a play that was actually 36 yards but had 10 yards deleted because of a holding call. Goodloe added back-to-back 16-yard scampers as well later in the period. The Goodpasture HS product finished the contest with 69 yards on seven carries.
ALLEN ADDS ANOTHER PICK: Senior Anthony Allen added another interception to his resume, his second in two games this season and fifth of his career. Allen picked off and Alex Matthews pass deep in Bulldog territory late in the third quarter, falling out of bounds at the CU 29-yard line. It was the fourth interception this season by the Bulldog defense, while Chris Simpson and Connor McChurch added picks in the fourth quarter.