October 20, 20071st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
NEWFG05:28R. Lukshis 24 Yd
WUTD02:23J. Softcheck 40 Yd Pass From JD Moore (Jonathan Beford kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD09:30C. Smalls 6 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
WUTD06:33Marquise Allen 17 Yd Pass From JD Moore (Jonathan Beford kick)
WUTD04:04M. Thornton (Jonathan Beford kick)
NEWTD02:31C. Seawell 16 Yd Pass From M. Johnson (R. Lukshis kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD08:56T. Salley 10 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
NEWTD04:47B. Gantt 1 Yd Run (R. Lukshis kick)
Stats at a GlanceNEWWU
1st Downs2419
3rd Down Conversions7-145-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Passing (Comp-Att)327 (19-24) 272 (21-42)
Rushing (Att)168 (54) 77 (24)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost21

Newberry evens SAC record with 31-23 defeat of No. 18 Wingate
Saturday, October 20, 2007 | by Salley carries for 118 yards in win

WINGATE, N.C. - The Newberry College Indians leveled their South Atlantic Conference record at 2-2 with a 31-23 win over No. 18 Wingate University at Irwin Belk Stadium and John R. Martin Field on Saturday.

Newberry (6-2, 2-2 SAC) was led offensively by Tharry Salley (Blackville, S.C.), who rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Michael Johnson (Florence, S.C.) and Brandon Gantt (Columbia, S.C.) split time at quarterback, with both finding varying degrees of success. Johnson was 16-of-20 passing for 236 yards, but also had two interceptions. Gantt was 3-of-4 passing for 91 yards and rushed for one score.

Charles Brandon (Union, S.C.) had the most catches of any Newberry player, hauling in six passes for 85 yards, while David Smith (Union, S.C.) caught five balls for 96 yards. Corey Seawell (Columbia, S.C.) caught five passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.

The Indians gained 495 yards on 78 plays, their second-highest offensive output this season. Johnson's 236-yard day through the air is the first 200-yard passing game from an Indian since Josh Stepp's 367 yards in the playoff loss at North Alabama in 2006.

Wingate (6-2, 1-2 SAC) was led by J.D. Moore's 21-of-42 passing effort for 272 yards and two touchdowns. Nelson Woods carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards.

The Indians scored first on a Ryan Lukshis (Irmo, S.C.) 24-yard field goal with 5:28 left in the first quarter after Devon Smalls (Charleston, S.C.) recovered a Woods fumble.

The Bulldogs scored nine straight points to take a 9-7 lead on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Moore to Jordan Softcheck and recorded a safety when Lukshis' foot hit the end line on a punt attempt.

Newberry reclaimed a small lead with 9:30 until the half when Cory Smalls (Summerville, S.C.) punched the ball in from six yards out. Lukshis' PAT gave the Indians a 10-9 lead.

Wingate took a 16-10 lead on a Moore-to-Marquis Allen 17-yard touchdown pass, and claimed a 23-10 lead when Michael Thornton returned an interception 85 yards for a score.

Newberry closed out the first half scoring with 2:31 until the break when Seawell leapt to corral a 16-yard pass form Johnson in the back of the end zone. Lukshis nailed the point after to narrow the halftime margin to 23-17.

The Indians' defense buckled down in the second half, and did not allow Wingate to put another point on the board.

After a scoreless third period, Salley scored his tenth touchdown of the year from 10 yards out with 8:56 left in the game to put Newberry up 24-23.

With 4:47 left in the game, Gantt snuck into the end zone from one yard out to close out the Newberry scoring.

The Bulldogs had a final shot to score as they began a drive with 2:13 left until the end of the game, but Newberry sacked Moore twice to thwart the Wingate scoring attempt and close out the win.

The win is Newberry's third straight win over the Bulldogs, and its first road win in the series since 1998.

Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) led Newberry with 11 tackles, a quarterbackk hurry, half a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Derrell Mills (Gray Court, S.C.) had an interception, while Devon Smalls recovered a fumble.

Newberry will look to keep its slim playoff hopes when the Indians return home to face Tusculum, which leads the South Atlantic Conference following today's 31-28 defeat of No. 7 Catawba. Kickoff for the game on Lutheran Youth Day is slated for 7 p.m. at Setzler Field.