|October 27, 2007||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||TD||08:50||K. Tindal 46 Yd Pass From M. Johnson (R. Lukshis kick)|
|TC||TD||04:42||Patrick King 21 Yd Pass From Corey Russell (Justin Higgins kick)|
|TC||TD||11:29||Jarrell NeSmith 4 Yd Pass From Corey Russell (Justin Higgins kick)|
|NEW||TD||05:12||A. Moyd (R. Lukshis kick)|
|NEW||FG||00:02||R. Lukshis 32 Yd|
|Stats at a Glance||TC||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||8-19||4-14|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||236 (22-47)||194 (18-27)|
|Rushing (Att)||94 (35)||57 (32)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - Senior kicker Ryan Lukshis' 32-yard field goal with two seconds remaining in the game gave No. 25 Newberry College a 17-14 win over Tusculum College in South Atlantic Conference action at Setzler Field on Saturday night.
The Indians (7-2, 3-2 SAC) were held to 12 first downs and 250 yards of total offense, but were able to use big defensive plays and a final drive to collect the victory. The win is Newberry's third consecutive victory in the series.
Tusculum (5-4, 3-1 SAC) racked up 21 first downs and ran 23 more plays than Newberry, however the Pioneers were only 1-of-4 on red zone opportunities and missed two field goals in the second half.
Newberry struck first, on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Michael Johnson (Florence, S.C.) to Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) with 8:45 left in the first quarter. Johnson was 3-of-3 for 59 yards on the drive.
The Indians had issues holding onto the ball in the opening half, as they fumbled the ball five times, losing it twice inside their own 25 yard line.
The Pioneers took advantage of both fumbles with short touchdown drives. Tusculum tied the game at 7-all on a 21-yard screen pass from quarterback Corey Russell to Patrick King with 4:42 left in the opening quarter.
Jarrell NeSmith gave the visitors a 14-7 lead with 11:29 to go until the half, as he collected a 4-yard touchdown pass from Russell on a fourth-and-goal.
The guests were driving deep into Newberry territory late in the third quarter, but sophomore cornerback Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) intercepted a Russell pass and returned it 92 yards to paydirt to tie the game with 5:12 left in the period.
Tusculum had two chances to take the lead, but Justin Higgins missed a 31-yard field goal attempt wide right in the third quarter, and pushed a 30-yard attempt wide left in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.) engineered a nine-play, 83-yard drive to win the game for the Indians. After Tusculum's John Gregory pinned the Indians inside their own 2-yardline on a punt. Gantt completed a 28-yard pass to Tindal, then eluded multiple TC defenders in the backfield and escaped for a 28-yard gain down the sideline. A 23-yard completion to Eric Huggins (Conway, S.C.) got the Indians in field goal position.
After a timeout, Lukshis set up for the 32-yard field goal and put it through the uprights to seal the win.
Tindal was Newberry's leading receiver, catching four passes for 84 yards and the team's only offensive touchdown of the game. Gantt was 13-of-17 passing for 131 yards, while Johnson was 5-of-10 for 63 yards and a touchdown.
Tony Ransom (Marion, S.C.) and Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) led the Indians with nine tackles apiece.
Russell was 22-of-47 for 236 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Pioneers. Brandon Dixon caught six receptions for 72 yards. Adrian Samples recorded 10 tackles.
The Indians close out South Atlantic Conference play next weekend when they travel to Hickory, N.C., to take on Lenoir-Rhyne College in the annual Bishops Trophy game. Kickoff at Moretz Stadium is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Tusculum hosts Mars Hill at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.