CLINTON - Corey Fidler rushed for 101 yards and the Presbyterian defense limited Newberry to just 97 yards of total offense as the Blue Hose defeated the ninth-ranked Indians 10-0 on Saturday afternoon at Bailey Memorial Stadium.
Presbyterian (7-4, 5-2 SAC) held a distinct advantage in first downs, totaling 24 to Newberry's (10-1, 6-1 SAC) six. The Blue Hose controlled the time of possession by running several misdirection running plays, totaling 297 yards on the ground.
In the first quarter, both teams caused a turnover but were unable to score. In the second quarter, Presbyterian got down to the Newberry 10-yard line but was unable to score when Carl Stevenson missed a 25-yard field goal.
Just before the half, on a third down and three play, Blue Hose quarterback Grayson Mullins found Chris Pope for a five yard touchdown pass with four seconds remaining to go up 7-0 at the break.
Neither team reached the end zone in the third quarter as they traded punts in the frame. However, with 13:27 left in the game, Stevenson knocked in a 20-yard field goal, to give Presbyterian a 10-0 lead and the eventual victory.
Mullins finished 6-of-12 for 69 yards and one touchdown. S.J. Worrell chipped in with 81 yards on the day.
Will Newell led all defensive players in tackles with 16. Mike Grase contributed 12 stops including a sack.
Newberry will now await their spot in the NCAA Division II playoffs, which will be announced tomorrow afternoon between the hours of 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm on ESPNews.