October 29, 20221st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
CUMBERLATD11:53JJ Johnson 1 Yd Run (Hunter Mathis kick)
2nd Quarter
FAULKNERTD07:16Jaiveyon Tucker 3 Yd Pass From Ben Anderson (Caden Davis missed kick)
FAULKNERFG01:19Caden Davis 33 Yd
3rd Quarter
FAULKNERTD11:33Jaiveyon Tucker 4 Yd Pass From Ben Anderson (Caden Davis kick)
FAULKNERTD07:09Devon Murry 2 Yd Run (Caden Davis kick)
CUMBERLATD04:06JJ Johnson 2 Yd Run (Hunter Mathis kick)
FAULKNERTD02:51Drexlan Allen 35 Yd Run (Caden Davis kick)
4th Quarter
FAULKNERTD12:21Jaiveyon Tucker 35 Yd Pass From Ben Anderson (Caden Davis kick)
CUMBERLATD11:22Joe Johnson 17 Yd Pass From Luke Holloway (Hunter Mathis kick)
FAULKNERTD10:23Drexlan Allen 13 Yd Run (Caden Davis kick)
CUMBERLATD07:28Jaylen Taylor 27 Yd Run (Hunter Mathis kick)
1st Downs1836
3rd Down Conversions7-167-13
4th Down Conversions0-13-3
Passing (Comp-Att)104 (12-31) 287 (25-37)
Rushing (Att)101 (31) 257 (49)
Total Yards205544
Fumbles Lost13
Cumberland falls 44-30 on the road
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Cumberland falls 44-30 on the road
(Credit: Dillon Miller)

MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Cumberland football fought hard on the road but ultimately fell 44-30 on the road against Faulkner University.

Both teams took turns going on 9-0 runs in the first half of action in Montgomery. Cumberland jumped on the board first when JJ Johnson took a toss play into the endzone for a one-yard touchdown run giving the Phoenix a 7-0 lead. Cumberland's big play in the first drive came on a 27-yard reception by Jaylen Taylor to get the offense rolling leading to the opening drive score.

The Phoenix extended their lead when Faulkner lined up for a punt in their own end zone. The Eagles snap sailed over the back of the endzone for a safety, resulting in a 9-0 Phoenix lead with 1:47 left in the first quarter. 

The second quarter started in favor of the Phoenix when Jalen Bown forced a strip sack fumble to give the Phoenix possession with 11:03 left in the half. 

Unfortunately the Phoenix could not convert on the short field position. The Eagles took over and put themselves on the board halfway through the second quarter on a four-yard touchdown pass to Jaiveyon Tucker. Faulkner missed their PAT attempt to keep Cumberland's lead at 9-6.

Later in the half, the Eagles were producing another strong drive before Jonathan Garner recorded his first sack of the season to force a fourth down and a Faulkner field goal attempt. Caden Davis helped tie the game at 9-9 for the Eagles by drilling the 33-yard field goal right before the half.

Faulkner wasted no time in the second half when Tucker hauled in his second touchdown reception to put the Eagles up 16-9. The Eagles continued to extend their lead as they scored again on a two-yard touchdown run by Devon Murry to go up 23-9 on the Phoenix.

Cumberland finally started to shift the momentum when a punt by Matthew Pewitt deflected off of an Eagles defender, resulting in a fumble recovery by Ismail Abdul-Qawee at the Eagles' 16-yard line. The Phoenix found themselves at the two yard line after a face mask and unsportsmanlike penalty. JJ Johnson capped off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run for his second touchdown of the game to cut their deficit to 23-16.

The Eagles would score 14 straight points on a 35-yard touchdown run and Jaiveyon Tucker's third touchdown catch of the game to go up 37-16 over the Phoenix.

Cumberland answered quickly with their own touchdown reception when Luke Holloway found Joe Johnson for a 17-yard catch to cut the Eagles' lead down to 37-23.

Drexlan Allen recorded his second touchdown run of the day to put Faulkner back in front by three scores. Once again the Phoenix answered quickly when Jaylen Taylor ran in his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 27-yard run. The Phoenix brought the game to 44-30 but the offense was contained the rest of the way as they fell 44-30.

Cumberland will be back in action for their season finale November 12 as they take on No. 6 Bethel University.