October 18, 20081st2nd3rd4thFinal
1st Quarter
WUTD07:38D. Ellington 30 Yd Pass From JD Moore (M. Crutchfield kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWFG11:59B. Blackmon 33 Yd
NEWTD00:45E. McCollom 1 Yd Run (B. Blackmon kick)
3rd Quarter
NEWFG06:41B. Blackmon 34 Yd
NEWTD05:03K. McIlwain
WUTD03:23Ryan Webber 18 Yd Pass From JD Moore (M. Crutchfield kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD06:12D. Kinard (B. Blackmon kick)
NEWTD01:52G. Legree 20 Yd Run (B. Blackmon missed kick)
WUTD00:09Shawn Barrett 6 Yd Pass From JD Moore (M. Crutchfield kick)
Stats at a GlanceWUNEW
1st Downs1620
3rd Down Conversions7-165-13
4th Down Conversions1-31-1
Passing (Comp-Att)266 (25-45) 76 (5-11)
Rushing (Att)83 (23) 248 (54)
Total Yards
Fumbles Lost10
Defense propels Newberry to 32-21 win over No. 15 Wingate

Defense propels Newberry to 32-21 win over No. 15 Wingate
Saturday, October 18, 2008 | by Three long turnover returns lead scarlet and gray to upset of top 'Dogs

NEWBERRY, S.C. - Three long turnover returns resulted in Newberry College touchdowns as the scarlet and gray defeated previously undefeated Wingate, 32-21, at Setzler Field on Saturday night. The win puts Newberry in a three-way tie at the top of the South Atlantic Conference with three games left in the regular season.

Newberry (4-3, 3-1 SAC) rebounded well from last week's disappointing loss at Mars Hill, taking advantage of miscues by the Wingate defense. Wingate falls to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in SAC play with the loss.

Wingate got on the board first, with an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Newberry held Wingate to a fourth down at the NC 30. JD Moore (Mount Holly, N.C.) launched a pass downfield that appeared to be broken up by a Newberry player, but fell to the hands of Delric Ellington (Charlotte, N.C.), who scored a 30-yard touchdown to put the Bulldogs ahead, 7-0.

Newberry found the scoreboard on its first drive of the second quarter, as Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.) capped a 12-play, 49-yard drive with a 33-yard field goal, making it 7-3 with 11:59 until the half.

After the two sides traded punts, Wingate drove inside Newberry territory with about a minute left on the clock. However, Andre Moyd (Andrews, S.C.) picked off a Moore pass at the NC 25. Moyd returned the ball to the Bulldog 35 before he lateraled the ball to Kamaal McIlwain (Fort Mill, S.C.), who was forced out of bounds at the WU 1-yardline.

Quarterback Eric McCollom (Camden, S.C.) punched the ball into the endzone with 45 seconds until the half, giving Newberry a 10-7 lead at the break.

Newberry scored first in the second half, as a 10-play, 50-yard drive was finished off by Blackmon's second field goal of the night, this one from 34 yards out to extend the Newberry lead to 13-7.

The scarlet and gray defense took advantage of another Wingate turnover just three plays into the next drive. As Bulldog running back Patrick Pinchinat (Rockville, Md.) crossed into Newberry territory, NC linebacker Will Newell (Irmo, S.C.) forced him to fumble the ball at the NC 47. After the ball was kicked around, the speedy McIlwain picked it up at the 40-yardline and scampered all the way to the Bulldog endzone. The 60-yard score put Newberry up 19-7 after a two-point conversion failed.

Pinchinat redeemed himself quickly, as his 63-yard kickoff return set the Bulldogs up at the Newberry 23. It took Wingate three plays to score, as Moore found tight end Ryan Webber (Concord, N.C.) for an 18-yard touchdown pass, making it a 19-14 game.

Newberry drove deep into Wingate territory on its first full drive of the fourth quarter before fourth down was forced at the WU 11. However, Blackmon's field goal attempt sailed just inches to the left.

But sophomore defensive end Derrell Kinard (Boiling Springs, S.C.) made sure the scarlet and gray's trip into Bulldog territory resulted in a score. On a third-and-9 from the Wingate 21, Moore was forced to roll out to his right under heavy pressure from the Newberry defense. Moore attempted a pass, but Kinard snagged the ball out of mid-air and went 15 yards into the endzone untouched. Blackmon's PAT extended the lead to 26-14 for NC.

Newberry put its final points on the board following the legs of running back Gerald Legree (Beaufort, S.C.). Legree carried the five times on the six-play drive, with his final rush resulting in a 20-yard touchdown run. The PAT was missed, making it 32-14 in NC's favor.

Wingate scored on its last drive, as Moore completed all six of his passes, including a 6-yard touchdown strike to Shawn Barrett (Andover, N.J.) with 9 seconds to play. Down by 11, WU tried an onside kick, but Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) fell onto the ball for Newberry to end the game.

The Bulldogs outgained their hosts offensively, 349-324, but the three turnovers proved to be costly, as all three directly resulted in scores.

Legree was Newberry's leading rusher, carrying the ball 18 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. Tharry Salley (Blackville, S.C.) carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards. All told, seven Newberry players carried the ball in the game. Wingate's Nelson Woods (Charlotte, N.C.) rushed 20 times for 75 yards.

Wingate's Moore was the leading passer in the game, completing 25-of-45 passes for 266 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Ellington was his favorite target, with seven catches for 95 yards and a touchdown.

Newberry's McCollom completed 5-of-11 passes for 76 yards on a run-heavy night for Newberry. Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) was the leading receiver with two catches for 43 yards.

Defensively, McIlwain recorded 94 total return yards with a touchdown for Newberry. Newell was the leading tackler for Newberry with 12 tackles, a forced fumble, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry. He now has 311 career tackles, passing Reggie Deas for sixth place all-time in the Newberry records.

The Newberry defense provided pressure on the potent Wingate passing attack all night, with two interceptions, four pass breakups and eight quarterback hurries, led by David Harris (Ninety Six, S.C.), who had three.

Wingate's Ben Hinson (Monroe, N.C.) led the Bulldogs' defense with 14 tackles, 12 of which were solo. Tylan Merkerson (Oxford, N.C.) added 10 tackles.

The win is Newberry's fourth straight in the series over Wingate. Newberry has five straight in the series at home. The scarlet and gray are also 19-1 at Setzler Field since installing the artificial turf before the 2006 season.

Newberry will try to stay atop the South Atlantic Conference when it hits the road next week to take on Tusculum College. Kickoff from Pioneer Field in Greeneville, Tenn., is set for 2 p.m. Wingate hosts Catawba for a 1:30 kickoff.