|September 08, 2007||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||TD||09:00||E. McCollom 7 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||03:17||D. Brown 19 Yd Pass From E. McCollom (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||12:38||A. Haynes 83 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||06:21||T. Salley 6 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||02:07||A. Haynes 30 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||TD||05:11||C. Williams 3 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (R. Lukshis missed kick)|
|BSU||TD||02:44||Paul Atueyi 44 Yd Pass From Jason Scott (Ronald Walls kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||4-15||7-15|
|4th Down Conversions||0-3||1-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||72 (4-18)||121 (11-19)|
|Rushing (Att)||98 (37)||386 (56)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Senior running back Alex Haynes rushed for a school record 255 yards to lead the No. 14 Newberry College Indians to a 41-7 victory over visiting Bowie State at Setzler Field on Saturday.
Newberry (2-0) racked up 507 yards of total offense and 20 first downs in the rout. Bowie State (0-2) had a rough go of things offensively, as the Bulldogs only managed to record seven first downs.
After the Indians' opening drive was held without a score, the Indians forced the Bulldogs into a three-and-out punting situation. On the punt, Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) came around the left end and emphatically blocked Raymond Stargel's punt, giving the hosts the ball on the BSU 7-yard line.
Starting quarterback Eric McCollom (Camden, S.C.) scored on a leap across the goal line with nine minutes to play in the opening period. After the defense forced another Bulldog punt, McCollom completed a six play, 56-yard drive with a 19-yard touchdown pass to David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.) in the back of the end zone to give Newberry a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
McCollom finished the day 9-of-16 passing for 113 yards with no interceptions and one touchdown through the air, as well as the early score on the ground.
A BSU punt pinned the Indians on their own 5-yard line to start their first drive of the second quarter, but Haynes would make sure the poor field position did not affect the home side. The Summerville native rushed 83 yards for a touchdown on the fourth play of the drive to give Newberry a three touchdown advantage. The run was the fifth longest run from scrimmage in Newberry history.
Fullback Tharry Salley (Blackville, S.C.) scored on a 6-yard run with 6:21 before halftime to give the Indians a 28-0 lead at the break.
Haynes almost broke the single-game rushing record on his second carry of the first half, but his 77-yard scamper was called back for a holding infraction. The senior did eclipse the ruching mark, which had stood since John Nesbitt's 236-yard performance against Savannah State in 1982, with a 30-yard touchdown run with 2:07 left in the third quarter.
Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.) nailed the extra point to give Newberry a 35-0 lead. The PAT also tied Lukshis with Eddie Taylor (1982-85) and Matt Deaton (1995-98) for the most extra points in a Newberry career with 99.
Lukshis' attempt to hold the record for his own came after backup quarterback Brandon Gantt (Columbia, S.C.) connected on a 3-yard touchdown pass with wide receiver Carlnel Williams (North Augusta, S.C.) with 5:11 left in the game. However, Lukshis' PAT attempt sailed wide right, and the senior will have to wait until next week to claim the top spot on the charts.
It appeared the Newberry defense would record its second straight shutout to begin the season, but Bowie State's Jason Scott and Paul Atueyi connected for a 44-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin.
Haynes' record-breaking day overshadowed a solid defensive performance from the Indians. Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) made a spectacular interception in the first quarter, while Isaac Johnson (Summerville, S.C.) forced an early fumble that was recovered by Chris Reed (Rock Hill, S.C.). Reed also had five tackles and forced one fumble in the game.
Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) led the team with six total tackles, as well as one forced fumble and a quarterback hurry. Corky Howell (Greer, S.C.) and Mike Grase (Rock Hill, S.C.) also recorded five tackles. Tony Ransom (Marion, S.C.) had three tackles - all for losses - and tallied three hurries.
As a team, Newberry had one sack and 10 tackles for a loss, while holding BSU to 170 total yards.
The Indians will looks to extend their season-opening winning streak on Thursday night, as they travel to Tigerville for a matchup with the Crusaders of North Greenville University. Kickoff at Younts Stadium is slated for 7:07 p.m., and the game will be televised by Charter cable in the Greenville area.