October 20, 20051st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
NEWTD07:22D. Rodell 7 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
WUTD01:11D. Brooks 16 Yd Pass From B. Boone (J. Beford kick)
2nd Quarter
WUTD14:42D. Brown (J. Beford missed kick)
NEWTD12:22A. Surratt 25 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWFG04:15R. Lukshis 23 Yd
3rd Quarter
NEWTD09:12A. Haynes 4 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
WUTD03:04D. Brooks 6 Yd Pass From B. Boone
4th Quarter
WUTD12:39K. Cummings (J. Beford kick)
NEWTD10:28T. Zimmerman 25 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)
WUFG08:34J. Beford 22 Yd
NEWFG03:12R. Lukshis 36 Yd
Stats at a GlanceWUNEW
1st Downs1921
3rd Down Conversions5-166-17
4th Down Conversions1-20-2
Passing (Comp-Att)265 (20-44) 178 (17-32)
Rushing (Att)80 (29) 223 (50)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost31
Lukshis' 36-yard field goal lifts Newberry over Wingate, 34-31
Deshon Rodell rushes for a career-high 135 yards. (Photo courtesy Bryan Sipes.)

Lukshis' 36-yard field goal lifts Newberry over Wingate, 34-31
Thursday, October 20, 2005

NEWBERRY - Newberry College placekicker Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.) nailed a 36-yard field goal with 3:12 left in the fourth quarter while Wingate's Jonathan Beford (Charlotte, N.C.) missed a potentially-tying 37-yarder with five seconds remaining as the Indians eked out a 34-31 win at Setzler Field Thursday night.  Newberry (4-3, 3-2 South Atlantic Conference) is now over .500 in the conference for the first time since the 1998 season.  Wingate drops to 5-3 and 2-3 in the conference with the loss.

Indian tailback Deshon Rodell (Allendale, S.C.) rushed for a career-high 135 yards on 27 carries, and quarterback Josh Stepp (Pelion, S.C.) threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns.  Stepp is three passing touchdowns short of the Newberry career record of 47 set by Dustin Coats in less than two seasons of play.

With 1:01 left in regulation, Wingate started its final drive on its own 15-yard line.  Backup quarterback Anthony Metzelaars (Charlotte, N.C.) completed fourth-and-ten and third-and-ten passes to move the ball to Newberry's 30.  On second and ten, the Bulldogs benefited from a defensive holding call that placed the ball on the 20 with nine ticks left.  On came the field goal unit, and Beford's attempt was wide right.

Lukshis posted his second field goal of the day and the winning points after a 61-yard drive where Rodell had a 15-yard carry and Stepp scrambled for 22 yards.  Newberry broke a 31-31 tie with the 37-yard made field goal.

Wingate grabbed its second lead of the game off a pair of touchdowns less than five minutes apart.  Dan Brooks (Monroe, N.C.) caught a Brandon Boone (Boiling Springs, N.C.) touchdown in the third quarter, then Kenwin Cummings (Maxton, N.C.) scooped up Kevin Hubbard's forced Stepp fumble in the end zone for a 28-24 lead.  Cummings (Charlotte, N.C.) was the defensive standout for Wingate, recording 11 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, and the forced fumble.

Stepp and junior receiver Tymere Zimmerman (Bennettsville, S.C.) made their 20th touchdown connection after the Bulldog defensive touchdown to put the Indians up 31-28.  The lead was short-lived; Wingate marched to Newberry's five on the next possession and stalled, settling for Beford's only good field goal attempt from 22 yards.  The redshirt sophomore had misssed a 43-yarder after Wingate recovered the second-half opening onside kick in Newberry territory.

Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.) built Newberry's lead to 24-13 three minutes after the intermission with a four-yard score.  The touchdown was seven of 17 consecutive points for Newberry going back to the second quarter.  Antwan Surratt (Spartanburg, S.C.) hauled in a 25-yarder from Stepp to go ahead 14-13, and Lukshis' 23-yard boot gave the Indians a 17-13 halftime edge.

Wingate was fortunate not to be down more at the half.  Three consecutive drives ended in lost fumbles, two of those forced by Indian linebacker Terrance Leverett (Ware Shoals, S.C.), but Newberry came up with only three points on turnovers.

The play of the game came as the second quarter commenced.  Lukshis sent a nice punt 40 yards to Donald Brown (Morganton, N.C.), who promptly took the ball to the endzone on a 68-yard return.  Beford's point-after failed, and Wingate led 13-7.  Just two minutes earlier, Brooks caught his first touchdown from Boone from 16 yards out to tie the game at seven apiece.  Rodell put Newberry on the board on its initial drive with a seven-yard touchdown.

Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) had a breakout defensive game for the Indians in his first start, recording a team-high ten tackles, including a tackle for a four-yard loss.  Leverett had nine tackles, two quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles.  Deonte Hundley (Norfolk, Va.) broke up three passes, recovered a fumble, and returned a fumble 17 yards out of his own endzone.

For Wingate, Cummings was joined by Jeremy Kent (Danbury, N.C.) with 11 tackles.  Hubbard was a force inside, collecting 3.5 tackles for loss (and nine overall) and causing the fumble to create the defensive touchdown.  Hubbard also had 2.5 sacks.

Newberry takes the road for its next action, a 2:30 start on October 29 at Mars Hill.  Wingate will kickoff one hour earlier at home, hosting Presbyterian College.