|September 09, 2006||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||FG||03:30||R. Lukshis 21 Yd|
|MSU||TD||04:05||FITZPATRICK 16 Yd Pass From YOST (HAMMOND kick)|
|NEW||TD||00:46||C. Seawell 31 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||10:09||M. Ward 81 Yd Pass From J. Stepp (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||06:28||D. Rodell 12 Yd Run (R. Lukshis missed kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||4-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-2||1-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||99 (11-25)||193 (11-17)|
|Rushing (Att)||149 (38)||203 (33)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Josh Stepp passed for 193 yards and became Newberry College's all-time leader in touchdown passes as the Indians defeated Morehead State University 23-7 on Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 1,704 at Setzler Field.
Stepp found a wide-open Michael Ward, who released off the line from his tight-end position, for a 81 yard touchdown reception for the record-breaking touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Stepp now has 48 career touchdown passes.
The Indians (2-0) took the lead at 3-0 when Ryan Lukshis connected on a 21-yard field goal with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter.
The Eagles (0-2) countered in the second quarter to take the lead at 7-3. Quarterback Brian Yost tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Erick Fitzpatrick to give Morehead State the lead with 4:05 left in the second quarter. The Indians, however, struck back just before the half to take a 10-7 lead. On a first down play from the Morehead State 31, Stepp rolled to his left and lofted a 31-yard touchdown pass to Corey Seawell to give Newberry the lead just before intermission at 10-7.
Both teams stepped up their play defensively in the third quarter, allowing no points in the frame. In the fourth quarter, Stepp found Ward, who recorded his first collegiate touchdown to make it a 17-7 game. The Indians sealed the win when Deshon Rodell scampered for a 12 yard touchdown run with 6:28 remaining in the contest to secure the 23-7 victory.
The Indian defense had another stellar performance, recording three sacks and forcing an interception. Linebacker Will Newell led the charge with 11 total tackles, eight of them being solos. Newell also had a sack on the afternoon. Mike Grase totaled six tackles while Steward Good recorded forced an Eagle turnover with an interception.
Alex Haynes led the rushing attack for Newberry, carrying the ball 12 times for 90 yards. Haynes had the longest run of the day with a 47-yard run. Rodell had 10 carries for 64 yards while Hamilton Sims came in late in the game and earned 50 yards on just four carries.
Charles Brandon led the receiving corps with three catches for 54 yards. Tymere Zimmerman had three catches for 22 yards while Seawell had 2 catches for 32 yards and one touchdown on the afternoon.
The Eagles were led in rushing by Yost, who carried 15 times for 106 yards with a long run of 29 yards. Yost finished the day 11-for-25 passing for 99 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Brett Mazzaro led the Morehead State defense with 8.5 tackles including six solos. He also forced a fumble on the day.
The Indians will face Brevard College next Saturday at Setzler Field at 7:00 pm.