|October 08, 2005||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|TC||FG||11:33||Glen Black 33 Yd|
|TC||FG||08:56||Glen Black 30 Yd|
|NEW||TD||11:04||D. Rodell 85 Yd Run|
|NEW||TD||03:18||A. Haynes 11 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||06:47||A. Haynes 5 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|TC||TD||02:26||Travis Oliver 18 Yd Pass From Corey Russell (Glen Black kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||TC|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||2-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||112 (12-21)||156 (17-36)|
|Rushing (Att)||201 (43)||84 (28)|
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - After managing only 65 yards of offense in the first half, Newberry scored 20 points in the second half and finished with 313 yards, hanging on for a 20-15 road win against the Tusculum Pioneers.
Newberry (2-3, 1-2 South Atlantic Conference) had 201 yards and all three touchdowns on the ground while allowing Tusculum (2-4, 0-3 SAC) only 240 yards on the day.
This is Newberry's first win over Tusculum since 1998.
Deshon Rodell (Allendale, S.C.) ran 12 times for 129 yards, including an 85-yard rush on Newberry's initial offensive play on the second half. Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.) rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns.
Tusculum jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a pair of field goals by sophomore Glen Black (Bristol, Tenn.). Black got TC on the board first on his 33-yard field goal at the 11:33 mark of the opening quarter. After Tusculum held Newberry on its first offensive series, Octavius Love (Wellford, S.C.) returned a punt 53 yards to the Indians' 19. TC could only move the ball to the 16-yard line as the Pioneers settled for a Black field goal.
Black connected on his second field goal thanks to Love's 57-yard punt return to the Newberry 17. TC moved inside the 10-yard line, but an unsportsmanlike penalty cost the Pioneers field position to stall the drive as Black nailed a 30-yard field goal with 8:56 left before halftime.
On Newberry's ensuing possession, junior quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) was sacked in the end zone by Shawn Harris (Jackson, S.C.) for a safety at the 8:33 mark of the second quarter to increase Tusculum's lead to 8-0 which it took into the locker room.
On Newberry's first offensive play from scrimmage in the second half, Rodell scampered 85 yards for a touchdown, the fourth longest run in school history. The two-point conversion failed as TC led 8-6.
Newberry captured its first lead of the game on its next possession when Haynes found the end zone from 11 yards out, to cap an 11-play, 79-yard drive. Ryan Lukshis' (Irmo, S.C.) extra point made the score 13-8 at the 3:18 mark of the third frame.
The Indians mounted another 11-play drive in the fourth quarter when Haynes scored from five yards away to increase Newberry's lead to 20-8 with 6:47 left in the contest.
Tusculum couldn't mount a drive in its next possession and was forced to punt, but got the ball back as Newberry's punt after three-and-out went only three yards to the Newberry 25 with 2:43 remaining in the game.
Two plays later rookie quarterback Corey Russell (Speedwell, Tenn.) completed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Travis Oliver (Belton, S.C.) with 2:26 left. Black's kick cut the deficit to five points.
The Pioneers on-side kick went out of bounds as Newberry maintained possession, but forced Newberry into another punt which was blocked by Harris. The Pioneers took over at their own 46 but was unable to put together a game-winning drive.
Indian linebacker Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.) recorded a game-high 13 tackles and a pair of pass break-ups. Donavin Fludd (James Island, S.C.) added eight stops for the Indians.
Justin Scott (Jamestown, S.C.) led Tusculum with 10 tackles, while Harris accounted for nine hits, including a pair of sacks.
Russell passed for 156 yards going 17-for-36, including five receptions by Gilbert Martinez (Mantee, Calif.) for 54 yards. Russell's touchdown toss was the first of his young collegiate career.
Stepp, who entered the game leading the SAC in passing and total offense, was held to 112 yards total offense as he went 12-for-21 and suffered his first interception in three games.
The Pioneers will host rival Carson-Newman College, next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Newberry will be at Catawba College next, for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff in Salisbury, N.C.