September 13, 20071st2nd3rd4thFinal
Newberry61313739
North Greenville770620
Scoring
1st Quarter
NEWTD12:15A. Haynes 21 Yd Pass From E. McCollom (R. Lukshis missed kick)
NGUTD05:46Rashad Cummings 14 Yd Run (Adrian Escalona kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD14:52C. Brandon 65 Yd Pass From E. McCollom
NGUTD02:46Rashad Cummings 58 Yd Run (Adrian Escalona kick)
NEWTD00:46D. Smith 11 Yd Pass From B. Gantt (R. Lukshis kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWTD06:02D. Smith 21 Yd Pass From B. Gantt
NEWTD00:43A. Haynes 74 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD11:35A. Haynes 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NGUTD03:50Brandon Dobbins 6 Yd Pass From Ricky Casko (Adrian Escalona missed kick)
Stats at a GlanceNEWNGU
1st Downs1916
3rd Down Conversions3-115-14
4th Down Conversions2-31-3
Passing (Comp-Att)264 (20-28) 150 (16-24)
Rushing (Att)220 (36) 164 (39)
Total Yards
Penalties8-686-44
Turnovers11
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions00
Possession29:2530:35


No. 12 Newberry defeats North Greenville, 39-20, in primetime matchup
Thursday, September 13, 2007 | by Haynes scores 3 TDs, while Smith adds two

TIGERVILLE, S.C. - The No. 12 Newberry College Indians rolled up 484 yards of offense as they defeated the North Greenville University Crusaders, 39-20, in non-conference football action Thursday night.

Newberry (3-0) was led by 239 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns from senior running back Alex Haynes (Summerville, S.C.), while sophomore quarterback Brandon Gantt (Columbia, S.C.) was 13-of-19 passing for 134 yards and two touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Eric McCollom (Camden, S.C.) was 7-of-9 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the game with an injury in the second quarter.

North Greenville (0-3) was held to 314 yards of total offense after averaging 557 yards per game in its first two contests.

The Indians opened the scoring with 12:15 left in the opening stanza on a 21-yard pass from McCollom to Haynes. The extra point was blocked, keeping Newberry's lead at 6-0.

North Greenville became the first team this season to lead Newberry after a Rashad Cummings 14-yard touchdown run with 5:46 left in the first quarter. Adrian Escalona's extra point gave the Crusaders a 7-6 lead.

Newberry reclaimed the lead on the first play of the second quarter on a 65-yard touchdown pass from McCollom to Charles Brandon (Union, S.C.). The two-point conversion attempt failed and the Indians led 12-7.

The Indians' defense continued to hold until Cummings tallied his second score; a 58-yard touchdown run on a third-and-1 play. Escalona's PAT put the Crusaders up 14-12.

Gantt came into the game midway through the second quarter and performed admirably. His 11-yard touchdown pass to sophomore David Smith (Union, S.C.) put Newberry back in the lead. Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.) connected on the PAT to give the Indians a 19-14 halftime advantage.

The Lukshis PAT was the 100th of the senior's career, making him the first Indian to ever kick 100 extra points and putting him atop the Newberry leaderboard in that category.

Newberry kept the offensive momentum going in the third quarter, as Gantt and Smith connected once more for a 21-yard touchdown with 6:02 left in the period. The two-point conversion attempt failed, and Newberry led, 25-14.

The Indians appeared to be driving again on their next possession, but a hard hit by NGU's Derrick Miller forced a fumble, which the Crusaders returned into Newberry territory.

However, the Newberry defense held strong, as Jeremy Grogan (Walhalla, S.C.) stopped a fourth down attempt by Cummings to give the Indians the ball on their own 31. Grogan recorded tackles on three of the four plays.

Following a five-yard substitution infraction, Newberry made NGU pay, as Haynes rushed for a 74-yard touchdown. Lukshis' PAT gave Newberry a 32-14 lead.

Haynes wrapped up the Indian scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run with 11:35 to play to give Newberry a 39-14 lead.

Late in the game, there was a scary moment when NGU's Matt Moore stayed down after being hit on a push towards the goal line. After nearly 20 minutes of medical attention, Moore was transported from the stadium in an ambulance. Moore was last reported to have feeling in his lower extremities and knew where he was, and that the Crusaders were playing Newberry.

Brandon Dobbins scored a final touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Ricky Casko to give Crusaders' fans a better feeling after the injury.

Defensively, Newberry was led by linebacker Mike Grase (Rock Hill, S.C.), who had nine tackles, 1.5 of which were for a loss, to go with a quarterback hurry. Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) recorded eight tackles, while Chris Reed (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Devon Smalls (Charleston, S.C.) each recorded sacks.

The Indians wrap up non-conference play a week from Saturday, as Newberry welcomes West Georgia to Setzler Field. Kickoff on Saturday, September 22, is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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