|October 06, 2007||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|CAT||TD||01:47||S.Timmons 2 Yd Pass From B.Roach (43 kick)|
|NEW||TD||00:29||T. Salley 6 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||FG||08:00||R. Lukshis 40 Yd|
|CAT||TD||07:47||T.Landrum (C.Darnell kick)|
|CAT||TD||01:02||J.Mitchell 15 Yd Pass From B.Roach (C.Darnell kick)|
|CAT||TD||04:02||K.Fisher 2 Yd Run (C.Darnell kick)|
|NEW||TD||01:05||D. Smith 5 Yd Pass From M. Johnson|
|Stats at a Glance||NEW||CAT|
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||4-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||2-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||125 (13-25)||191 (15-30)|
|Rushing (Att)||137 (42)||93 (35)|
SALISBURY, N.C. - The No. 13 Catawba College Indians scored 21 consecutive points in the second half to pull out a 28-18 win over the No. 19 Newberry College Indians in South Atlantic Conference football action at Shuford Stadium Saturday night.
Newberry (4-2, 0-2 SAC) contained Catawba's rushing attack, but allowed 10 points on special teams miscues. A missed field goal in the first quarter and a Catawba kickoff return 90 yards for a touchdown proved to be the 10-point difference in the matchup.
Catawba (6-0, 2-0 SAC) was led by quarterback Brad Roach, who was 15-of-30 passing for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
The hosts got on the scoreboard first when Roach and Shane Timmons connected for a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1:47 left in the first quarter. The score capped off an 11-play, 46 yard drive and gave Catawba a 7-0 lead.
Newberry tied the game 29 seconds before halftime on a 6-yard touchdown carry from Tharry Salley (Blackville, S.C.). Salley finished the game with 95 yards on 21 carries in his first collegiate start.
Newberry took its first lead of the game with 8:00 left in the third quarter, when Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.) connected on a 40-yard field goal, his longest since 2005. Lukshis was 1-of-1 on PAT attempts, but was 1-of-2 on field goal attempts, as a 22-yard attempt in the first quarter clanged off the right goalpost.
However, Catawba quickly reclaimed the lead, as Travis Landrum returned the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, Catawba's first kickoff return for a score since October 11, 1997.
Catawba extended its lead to 11 points when Roach connected with Joe Mitchell for a 15-yard pass in the end zone. Cory Darnell's PAT gave Catawba a 21-10 lead with 1:02 left in the third quarter.
Newberry was driving into Catawba territory late in the fourth quarter when Jasmon Carpenter intercepted a Brandon Gantt pass as returned it to the Newberry 7-yardline. Kory Fisher would punch the ball in from two yards out to give Catawba a 28-10 lead with 4:02 left in the game.
Gantt finished the game 8-of-19 passing for 65 yards with two interceptions. The Newberry quarterbacks had gone five-plus games without an interception to start the season.
But the Newberry offense didn't go down without a fight, as backup quarterback Michael Johnson (Florence, S.C.) led the team on a nine-play, 61-yard drive that ended on a 5-yard touchdown connection from Johnson to David Smith (Union, S.C.). Johnson threw the two-point conversion to Corey Seawell (Columbia, S.C.) to finish the scoring at 28-18.
Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) and Derrell Mills (Gray Court, S.C.) tied for the team lead with seven tackles apiece. David Harris (Ninety Six, S.C.) forced one fumble which was recovered by Temarcus Thompson (Greenville, S.C.), while Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.) had two pass breakups.
The Newberry Indians will look for their first South Atlantic Conference win of the season next week against Mars Hill. Kickoff for the Homecoming game is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 13, at Setzler Field.