September 27, 20081st2nd3rd4th1OT Final
Carson-Newman7707021
Newberry3738627
Scoring
1st Quarter
C-NTD14:41Alex Good 77 Yd Run (Carlos Lopez kick)
NEWFG06:51B. Blackmon 23 Yd
2nd Quarter
NEWTD09:59B. Gantt 24 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
C-NTD07:37Reggie Hubbard 35 Yd Pass From Alex Good (Carlos Lopez kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWFG04:13B. Blackmon 32 Yd
4th Quarter
C-NTD01:26Buck Wakefield 1 Yd Run (Carlos Lopez kick)
NEWTD00:16D. Brown 2 Yd Pass From E. McCollom
1OT
NEWTD15:00D. Pressley 25 Yd Pass From E. McCollom
Stats at a GlanceC-NNEW
1st Downs1922
3rd Down Conversions6-144-14
4th Down Conversions1-31-2
Passing (Comp-Att)106 (6-15) 225 (22-40)
Rushing (Att)300 (57) 188 (32)
Total Yards
Penalties13-1123-34
Turnovers44
Fumbles Lost41
Interceptions03
Possession32:3827:22
Newberry takes overtime thriller from #8 Carson-Newman, 27-21


Newberry takes overtime thriller from #8 Carson-Newman, 27-21
Saturday, September 27, 2008 | by Pressley's TD catch in OT gives Newberry win in SAC opener

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College football team engineered a 77-yard touchdown drive in the final minute of regulation and scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass in overtime to defeat Carson-Newman, 27-21, at Setzler Field in the South Atlantic Conference opener for both teams.

Newberry (2-2, 1-0 SAC) earned the win in the hands of wide receiver David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) and quarterback Eric McCollom (Camden, S.C.) in the late stages of the game. McCollom connected with David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.) on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 16 seconds left in regulation to bring Newberry within two points. McCollom found Pressley in the end zone to score the two-point conversion that sent the game to overtime.

After Carson-Newman (2-2, 0-1 SAC, 11th AFCA, 8th D2Football) missed a 24-yard field goal on the first drive of the overtime, McCollom pump faked and then threw to Pressley for the touchdown strike on third-and-10 to seal the victory.

The game did not start out nearly as well as it would end for Newberry, as the scarlet and gray struggled through a first quarter that was sloppy on both sides. C-N quarterback Alex Good (Greensboro, N.C.) put the Eagles up on the first play of the game, as he kept the ball and scampered 77 yards for a touchdown.

From there, the two teams traded turnovers on three straight drives before Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.) put Newberry on the board with a 23-yard field goal, narrowing the margin to 7-3 with 6:51 left in the opening quarter. Each team turned the ball over on the next two drives, totaling five turnovers in the first quarter.

Newberry took the lead on its first possession of the second quarter with Brandon Gantt (Lexington, S.C.) leading the offense on a 8-play, 60-yard drive. Gantt would finish the drive off with a 24-yard quarterback keeper, putting NC up 10-7 after the Blackmon PAT.

Carson-Newman answered on the next drive, as Good connected with Reggie Hubbard (Chattanooga, Tenn.) for a 35-yard touchdown pass that would give the Eagles a 14-10 lead they would carry into the half.

Newberry cut the lead to one point with 4:13 left in the third quarter, as Blackmon's 32-yard field goal capped a 9-play, 75-yard drive that made the score 14-13.

The Newberry defense stood strong in the fourth quarter, as NC stopped Carson-Newman on three consecutive drives inside the Newberry 40-yardline. But Carson-Newman's final drive ended with a Buck Wakefield (Drummonds, Tenn.) 1-yard touchdown plunge, giving the Eagles a 21-13 lead with 1:26 to play.

Newberry only had one timeout and 1:21 to cover 77 yards and force the overtime. A roughing the passer and personal foul against Carson-Newman gave Newberry 30 free yards and put the scarlet and gray inside the Eagle 11. McCollom rushed down to the Eagle 2 on third down, but that set up a 4th-and-1 with 0:21 left. But the senior quarterback found Brown in the end zone to set up the potential tie. From there, Pressley caught the two-point conversion to force OT.

After holding C-N to the missed field goal on the first overtime drive, Newberry rushed for no gain on first and second downs, setting up a third-and-1o. But McCollom pump faked before finding Pressley in the end zone and giving Newberry the conference-opening win.

Newberry went with dual quarterbacks again, as Gantt was 14-of-23 for 130 yards and an interception, while McCollom was 8-of-16 for 95 yards with 2 INTs and 2 touchdowns in the game. Gerald Legree (Beaufort, S.C.) was Newberry's leading rusher, carrying the ball five times for 73 yards, including a 64-yard carry that set up Blackmon's first quarter field goal. Brown caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown to lead the receiving corps.

Good was Carson-Newman's offensive leader, carrying the ball 26 times for 209 yards and a touchdown, as well as completing 6-of-15 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Hubbard caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Newberry was led by Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.), who recorded 14 tackles, forced a fumble, broke up a pass and recorded a quarterback hurry. Ryan McClain (Charleston, S.C.) also recorded double digit tackles, as he made 10 tackles - including nine solos - as well as a fumble recovery.

Lance Clark (Florence, S.C.), Derrell Kinard (Boiling Springs, S.C.) and David Harris (Ninety Six, S.C.) each recorded sacks, while McClain, Stewart Good (Rock Hill, S.C.) and Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) were all beneficiaries of fumble recoveries.

Carson-Newman had four players - Darius Wrentz (Miami, Fla.), Lasanio Small (Greensboro, N.C.), Revel Coffey (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and Otis Ballard (Miami, Fla.) - record six tackles apiece. Coffey, Ballard and Elliot Bishop (Knoxville, Tenn.) each picked off Newberry passes in the first quarter.

Newberry returns to action next weekend, as the scarlet and gray host Catawba (3-1, 1-0 SAC) for Homecoming at 7 p.m. on October 4. Carson-Newman will host Mars Hill (3-2, 0-1 SAC).

--- NOTES ---
- Newberry wore black jerseys for the first time in recorded history.
- This was Newberry first overtime game since a 43-37 double overtime victory at Catawba in 2005.
- Newberry is 2-3 all-time in overtime games.
- Newberry has defeated Carson-Newman in two of the last three years, both at home.