October 09, 20041st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
TCTD03:38Tony Colston 5 Yd Run (Glen Black kick)
TCTD02:14Kenneth Russell (Glen Black kick)
2nd Quarter
TCTD07:38Matt Riggs 17 Yd Pass From Tony Colston (Glen Black kick)
NEWFG00:00R. Lukshis 25 Yd
3rd Quarter
TCTD09:53Candics Jones 22 Yd Pass From Tony Colston (Glen Black kick)
NEWTD08:12G. Jackson 7 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD04:40Josh Stepp 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD02:39T. Zimmerman 63 Yd Pass From Josh Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
Stats at a GlanceTCNEW
1st Downs2722
3rd Down Conversions4-114-15
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Passing (Comp-Att)419 (25-41) 261 (23-39)
Rushing (Att)120 (31) 210 (42)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost40
Newberry's 21-point second half rally not enough, falls to Tusculum 28-24

Newberry's 21-point second half rally not enough, falls to Tusculum 28-24
Saturday, October 9, 2004 | by by Scott McCain, Newberry Sports Information

NEWBERRY - Tusculum College scored the game's first 21 points, then held on for a 28-24 win over Newberry College, despite the Indians scoring the game's final 21 points, in South Atlantic Conference football action Saturday night at Setzler Field.  The win was the first in conference for Tusculum (3-3, 1-2 SAC) this season, spoiling Newberry's homecoming game, as the Indians (3-3, 0-3 SAC) remained winless in the league.

Newberry tacked 21 points on the board in the third quarter against a Tusculum team that put the ball on the ground four times in the period.  Ironically for the Indians, it was a fumbled ball of their own that ended the ball game.

Sophomore quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) engineered three consecutive touchdown drives, but had only 40 seconds to attempt to take Newberry 97 yards for the winning touchdown.  Two completions to redshirt freshman Antwan Surratt (Spartanburg, S.C.) and one incompletion left the Indians with 11 seconds on the clock.  Stepp scrambled to give receivers time to get downfield, but was harried by Tusculum pass rushers, slipping but steadied himself by placing the ball gripped in his left hand on the ground.  In the process, the ball came loose and was recovered by Indian linemen, but with no time remaining to line up for another snap.

Newberry appeared to take a 30-27 lead with 5:36 remaining in the game on a third-and-goal quarterback keeper, but no signal came from the officials.  On fourth down from the one-yard line, the Indian offense moved early and was penalized back to the six.  After a timeout, Newberry lined up in a power-I for the fourth-down attempt, but Tusculum was not fooled.  Defensive back Marcus Robinson (Clarksville, Tenn.) sniffed out the quarterback rollout and snuffed out Newberry's attempt to take the lead.

The 3,912 fans on hand began to believe the Indians were mounting a comeback for the ages with rushing touchdowns from halfback Gerard Jackson (Melbourne, Fla.) and Stepp to draw as close as 17-28.  Following a Tusculum punt to the Newberry 37, Stepp went vertical to receiver Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.), who made the catch at the visitor's 18 despite double coverage, and strolled into the endzone.

Zimmerman had his best receiving game of the season, catching nine passes for 157 yards and a touchdown.  His 1,318 career receiving yards moves him to sixth place on the school's all-time list.

The Pioneers scored on three of their first five offensive drives, and settled for a 21-3 lead at intermission after a Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.) 25-yard field goal as time expired.

Tusculum quarterback Tony Colston (Clinton, Tenn.), switching numbers from 1 to 6 during the week, set a new school single game passing yardage record with 419 yards against Newberry.  Matt Riggs (Dayton, Tenn.) tied the Pioneer career touchdown reception with his twelfth score in his four year career, grabbing a 17-yard toss from Colston to put TC up 21-0 in the second quarter.

Three of four of the Pioneers' touchdowns came through the air, with Colston passing 17 yards to Riggs and 22 yards to Candics Jones (Lexington, Tenn.).  Defensive back Kenneth Russell (Atlanta, Ga.) scored Tusculum's second touchdown, picking off Stepp's swing pass at the Indians' 39 with a clear path to the endzone.  Colston scrambled in from five yards out on a delayed run for TC's first six points.

Jackson carried 17 times for 95 yards and a Newberry touchdown, and Deshon Rodell (Allendale, S.C.) cranked out 74 yards on nine touches.  Linebacker Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) turned in another All-Conference performance with two forced fumbles and 16 tackles, 11 of them solo, to lead the way for the Scarlet defense.

Newberry returns to Setzler Field for more conference action against Catawba College next Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  Tusculum travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on the Carson-Newman Eagles in a 3 p.m. affair.