November 15, 20031st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
2nd Quarter
PCTD14:53Ellis 5 Yd Run (Noll kick)
PCTD04:44Southerland 3 Yd Run (Noll kick)
3rd Quarter
PCTD12:14Wilhoit 20 Yd Pass From Ellis (Noll kick)
PCTD10:12Southerland 3 Yd Run (Noll kick)
4th Quarter
PCTD10:29Pope 10 Yd Pass From Ellis (Noll kick)
PCTD05:49Pope 6 Yd Pass From Ellis (Noll kick)
Stats at a GlancePCNEW
1st Downs2213
3rd Down Conversions5-164-16
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Passing (Comp-Att)212 (18-31) 204 (16-43)
Rushing (Att)190 (49) 75 (23)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost12
Blue Hose upend Newberry with 42 unanswered points

Blue Hose upend Newberry with 42 unanswered points
Saturday, November 15, 2003 | by by NC Sports Information

NEWBERRY - Presbyterian College quarterback Zach Ellis (Tifton, Ga.) threw three touchdown passes and ran for one more as the Blue Hose came back with 14 points in each of the last three quarters to defeat Newberry College 42-14 on Senior Day at Setzler Field in South Atlantic Conference football action. The game was the Battle for the Bronze Derby and the 92nd meeting between the two schools. PC has won the Derby game for six consecutive years, setting a series record for an unbeaten span.

Newberry (3-7, 2-5 SAC) came out strong in the first quarter. On the fifth play from scrimmage, Ellis was intercepted by senior defensive lineman Robert Holley (Union, S.C.), who returned the pass 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Indians a 7-0 lead. Holley came up big again three plays later when he recovered a running back Corey Mitchell (Dalzel, S.C.) fumble to put Newberry on the PC 38 yard line.

Newberry quarterback Mazi Drummond (Greer, S.C.) was intercepted in the end zone by Quintin Davis (Sumter, S.C.), one of five PC interceptions on the day. PC went five plays and out on the next drive before receiver Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) hooked up with receiver on a wide receiver reverse pass to Derrick Higgins (Darlington, S.C.) for a 48-yard touchdown. The catch gave Higgins a share of the school record for touchdown catches in a single season, tying him with Zimmerman from this year and Louis Austin from 1990. The Indians broke the school record for passing yards in a season with 2,539 and setting a new mark for passing touchdowns with 22.

The Blue Hose (4-6, 2-5 SAC) then shutout the Indians for the remainder of the game. On the first play of the second quarter, Ellis ran in a five yard touchdown scamper to get the ball rolling for PC and close the gap to 14-7.

Less than 10 minutes later, running back Jared Southerland (Plantation, Fla.) ran in a three-yard scamper to tie the game after a Ryan Noll (Monroe, Ga.) extra point.

The game was tied at the half at 14.

Drummond fumbled on the third play in the third quarter, setting up a short field for PC on the Indians' 36. Five plays later, Ellis found a wide open Brett Wilhoit (Johnson City, Tenn.) up the left sideline for a lead the Blue Hose would not relinquish.

Two plays later, Drummond lost another fumble, part of a seven turnover day, and setting up more great starting field position for the Blue Hose no the Indians' 22. Newberry committed an illegal substitution penalty on fourth and four, giving PC a free first down to the 11 yard line. The Blue Hose punched it in again two plays later on a Southerland rush, his second score of the day to put PC up 28-14. Southerland led all rushers with 93 yards rushing with no negative carries.

PC tacked on a pair of Ellis to Tim Pope (Ninety-Six, S.C.) touchdowns in the fourth quarter to create the game's final margin. PC held Newberry to 279 yard of offense while racking up 402 yards of offense on the day. The Blue Hose were six-of-seven in the red zone and possessed the ball for 37:57 in the contest.

Drummond ran for 70 yards and threw for 108, while Ellis finished 18-for-31 and 212 yards.

Newberry's Kendal Brown (Cross, S.C.) had 48 yards receiving, giving him 2,013 for the year. He is Newberry's all-time leading receiver and the 14th receiver in the South Atlantic Conference to cross the 2,000-yard mark. Pope led PC with 94 yards receiving.

Defensive back Donny Stamper (Colbert, Ga.) led PC with eight tackles. Stewart Young (Union, S.C.) had a pair of interceptions, while three other PC defenders had a pick in the contest.

Holley finished with a sack, the fumble recovery and the interception for Newberry. Linebacker Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) made 15 tackles for the Indians, giving him 112 for the season to lead the team and give him 11.2 per game for the season.

Both teams are finished with their seasons. Newberry's three wins was two better than last year and the pair of conference wins is the most since 1999.