October 20, 20121st2nd3rd4thFinal
Campbellsville Univ.7214023
Cumberland Univ.7147028
1st Quarter
CUTD13:13Miller 25 Yd Run (White kick)
CAMPTD09:53Gipson 31 Yd Pass From Parnes (Clarke kick)
2nd Quarter
CUTD14:38Stewart (White kick)
CUTD04:30Miller 14 Yd Pass From Gurchiek (White kick)
3rd Quarter
CAMPTD04:25Haynes 18 Yd Pass From Parnes (Clarke kick)
CUTD03:01Gurchiek 44 Yd Run (White kick)
CAMPTD00:10Ray 28 Yd Pass From Parnes (Clarke kick)
Stats at a GlanceCAMPCU
1st Downs2017
3rd Down Conversions5-136-14
4th Down Conversions0-10-2
Passing (Comp-Att)259 (23-37) 161 (11-20)
Rushing (Att)118 (32) 277 (41)
Total Yards377438
Fumbles Lost20
Bulldogs hold on for 28-23 victory
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Bulldogs hold on for 28-23 victory
Michael Hagewood's interception in the final minute sealed a 28-23 victory for the Bulldogs over Campbellsville on Saturday night. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Lemeco Miller rushed for 126 yards and accounted for two touchdowns and 25th-ranked Cumberland’s defense allowed just 52 yards in the final quarter, including an interception by Michael Hagewood in the final minute, preserving a 28-23 victory over Campbellsville University here Saturday night at Nokes-Lasater Field.

The game was just the second night contest in program history for Cumberland and the first since taking over at Nokes-Lasater this past spring. CU played Austin Peay on September 1, 2000, in the only other night game in program history, also at Nokes-Lasater.

The Bulldogs (6-2, 2-1 Mid-South West) stayed alive in the conference race with the victory along with a 33-21 loss by Faulkner University earlier in the evening. CU travels to Bethel University next week for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The Wildcats defeated Faulkner at home on Saturday.

Miller rushed for 91 yards and a score and caught a 14-yard TD pass in the first half, but the Tigers (2-6, 1-3) crowded the line of scrimmage in the second half, forcing the Bulldogs to look for yards elsewhere. CU had just 26 yards of offense in the third period before a 30-yard completion to Daniel Dayton on third down and a 44-yard touchdown run from Reed Gurchiek accounted for the final points of the game for the Bulldogs.

The Cumberland defense answered the bell at the end of the game, forcing a punt, holding on downs at the CU 9, forcing a fumble at the 45 and then picking up just the third interception of the season in the final minute to hold on for the win. Jarred Williams recovered a pair of fumbles for the Bulldogs, including at the CU one-yard line in the second quarter and the fumble at the CU 45 with 2:38 remaining.

Gurchiek finished with 76 yards rushing and was 11-for-19 passing for 161 yards and one score. The Bulldogs rushed for 277 net yards in the contest with three touchdowns, the fifth game this season with more than 246 on the ground.

Campbellsville quarterback Bryan Parnes was 23-of-37 passing for 259 yards and three touchdowns, including great catches in the end zone by Demytreus Gipson and Steph’Von Haynes, each receiver out-maneuvering Bulldog defensive backs for the catch. His interception in the final minute came out on tipped pass well downfield, as the Tigers had to cover 80 yards in 41 seconds with no timeouts and went for the home run.

The Bulldogs took the opening drive of the game 68 yards on just four plays, with a 37-yard completion to Ryan Slack, his first catch of the year, and a 25-yard TD run from Miller.

The Tigers answered with their own scoring drive, going 72 yards on just six plays. Parnes was 5-for-5 for 65 yards on the drive, with a 31-yard TD pass to Gipson for the score, tying the game at seven just over five minutes in.

Campbellsville moved 30 yards after a short CU punt but stalled and attempted a 46-yard field goal, but Devin Guthrie got a hand on the kick, partially blocking Casey Clarke’s attempt and keeping the game tied.

Cumberland drove 71 yards on 10 plays near the end of the first quarter, including 38 yards on four carries by Miller. On the first play of the second quarter Adrian Baker rushed left for 16 yards before fumbling near the goal line, but BJ Stewart recovered in the end zone for the score and a 14-7 advantage.

The Tigers punted on their next possession but downed the ball at the CU 3. Scott Beach’s snap on the punt sailed over the head of Tyler Emmetts and actually hit the cross bar, giving Campbellsville a safety.

Darius Skinner returned the free kick 52 yards for the CU21. The Tigers rushed three times to the one-yard line and were stopped on first down before a bad exchange on a handoff caused a fumble and Williams recovered for the Bulldogs, thwarting the potential go-ahead score.

Cumberland took the ensuing possession 97 yards on just seven plays, starting with a 32-yard run to the right from Miller. Blake DeBoard added a 36-yard scamper and Gurchiek rushed 17 yards on a quarterback draw. Miller had a 14-yard touchdown catch for the score and a 21-9 CU lead with 4:30 left in the half.

The Bulldogs drove inside the red zone again just before the break after a short punt, starting with a 21-yard completion to Courtland Styles, Jr., but Gurchiek was stopped on 4th-and-2 on another QB draw at the Campbellsville 16.

The Tigers found the end zone late in the third quarter, completing a six-play, 53-yard drive with an 18-yard catch in the back corner of the end zone to Haynes. That started a barrage of points before the end of the period.

Cumberland converted a 3rd-and-11 on its next drive with a 30-yard completion to Dayton and Gurchiek broke several tackles on his way to a 44-yard TD scamper on the next play, putting the Bulldogs back ahead by 12.

But Campbellsville came right back with another six-play drive, this one covering 61 yards, with Demetric Ray taking a swing pass and running through several arm tackles for a 28-yard touchdown, cutting the deficit to 28-23 at the end of the period.

Neither team could muster much offense in the final period, but Campbellsville’s Percy Minor intercepted a half-back pass and returned it 30 yards for the CU 40, setting up the Tigers with 9:17 remaining. The visitors moved to the 10 before Chris Cook was stopped on 4th-and-1 with 6:35 to play.