October 03, 20151st2nd3rd4thFinal
Cumberland Univ.14020337
Univ. of Pikeville70141233
1st Quarter
CUTD12:11Mallory 2 Yd Pass From Snyder (Spence kick)
PIKETD08:51Warren 17 Yd Run (Karapandzic kick)
CUTD00:23Anderson (Spence kick)
3rd Quarter
CUTD12:03Chaplin 1 Yd Run (Spence kick)
CUTD10:41Green 88 Yd Pass From Snyder (Spence kick)
PIKETD07:39Bell 39 Yd Run (Karapandzic kick)
CUTD05:26Snyder 26 Yd Run (Spence missed kick)
PIKETD04:16Kirksey 35 Yd Run (Karapandzic kick)
4th Quarter
PIKETD14:11Weaver 3 Yd Run (Karapandzic missed kick)
CUFG02:49Alter 24 Yd
PIKETD01:59Weaver 10 Yd Run (Karapandzic missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceCUPIKE
1st Downs2225
3rd Down Conversions3-129-18
4th Down Conversions2-41-3
Passing (Comp-Att)198 (13-24) 259 (19-33)
Rushing (Att)254 (48) 255 (52)
Total Yards452514
Fumbles Lost01
Football hangs on for 37-33 road victory
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Football hangs on for 37-33 road victory
Austin Chaplin rushed 27 times for 156 yards and one TD in CU's 37-33 victory Saturday at Pikeville. (Credit Steve Wampler)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Austin Chaplin rushes 27 times for 156 yards with one touchdown and Justin Snyder threw a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another in Cumberland’s 37-33 victory over the University of Pikeville here Saturday at the W.C. Hambley Athletic Complex.

Nathan Anderson’s blocked punt that he returned six yards for a score gave Cumberland a 14-7 advantage at the half. Chaplin scored from a yard out and Michael Green’s 88-yard catch-and-run put the Bulldogs ahead, 28-7, with 10:41 left in the third quarter.

Pikeville (2-4) answered the Bulldogs three times in the second half, with Elijah Bell going 39 yards for a score, but Snyder’s 26-yard scamper up the middle on fourth down made it 34-14 CU after a missed PAT.

Jamar Kirksey’s 35-yard scoring run and Quan Weaver’s three-yard TD carry pulled the Bears within 34-27 in the first minute of the final period. Snyder’s interception on the ensuing drive, just his third INT of the year, set-up Pikeville at midfield, but Cayman Russell tackled Weaver on fourth down at the CU21.

Cumberland (2-3) then put together its longest scoring drive of the year, taking more than seven-and-a-half minutes off the clock. Chaplin was the workhorse on the possession, carrying six times for 35 yards. Snyder hit Green over the middle for 13 yards on 3rd-and-11 and Snyder rushed 13 yards for the UPike 8. The drive stalled, but Matthew Alter booted a 24-yard field goal to extend the lead to 37-27.

The Bears answered quickly though, with Elijah Bell catching a 60-yard pass on the first play. Three plays later Weaver rushed around right end for the score, but again Pikeville missed the extra point, keeping the Bulldog lead at 37-33.

Nathan Jernigan recovered the onside kick but Cumberland was unable to get a first down to run out of the clock, with Jack Hopkins knocking a third down pass out of the hands of Brandon Mallory. The home team took over at its own 11 with 1:38 remaining and got a first down on the first play of the drive.

Weaver rushed for 22 yards on third down but the Bears were called for holding and Jernigan tackled UPike quarterback Hasani Warren scrambling on fourth down to seal the victory.

Snyder finished 13-of-24 for 198 yards and the two scores and rushed 11 times for 76 yards. Green caught five passes for 162 yards and one TD.

Warren completed 19-of-33 passes for 259 yards while Weaver rushed 24 times for 75 yards and two scores.

Jernigan forced a fumble on the opening possession of the game and Tyler Burr, playing in his first game of the season, scooped it up and returned it seven yards to the UPike 16. Six plays later Snyder hit Mallory for a two-yard TD pass and a quick 7-0 Bulldog edge.

The Bears answered with a 10-play, 81-yard drive that included a 10-yard scramble by Warren and a 24-yard completion to Jamon Langford. Two plays later Warren weaved his way 17 yards up the middle for a touchdown, knotting the game at seven with 8:51 left in the opening period.

Cumberland special teams provided the only other points of the half, with Alex Campagne forcing UPike punter Damir Karapandzic to change his approach and Anderson blocking his second punt of the year. Anderson picked up the bouncing ball and carried it the final six yards for the score and a 14-7 CU advantage.

Cumberland returns home for the first time in five weeks next Saturday, facing Kentucky Christian at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.