October 25, 20081st2nd3rd4thFinal
Newberry01381233
Tusculum21714345
Scoring
1st Quarter
TCTD11:33Justin Scott 2 Yd Run (Gareth Rowlands kick)
TCTD09:06Corey Russell 22 Yd Run (Gareth Rowlands kick)
TCTD04:03Jarrell NeSmith 5 Yd Pass From Corey Russell (Gareth Rowlands kick)
2nd Quarter
NEWTD14:51K. Tindal 60 Yd Pass From E. McCollom (B. Blackmon kick)
TCTD06:24Calvin Britt 35 Yd Pass From Corey Russell (Gareth Rowlands kick)
NEWTD03:47G. Legree 3 Yd Run (B. Blackmon missed kick)
3rd Quarter
TCTD14:39Randy Williams (Gareth Rowlands kick)
NEWTD13:43D. Pressley 73 Yd Pass From E. McCollom
TCTD11:31Corey Russell 22 Yd Run (Gareth Rowlands kick)
4th Quarter
NEWTD07:01D. Brown 2 Yd Pass From E. McCollom (B. Blackmon missed kick)
TCFG04:22Gareth Rowlands 39 Yd
NEWTD02:14D. Pressley 32 Yd Pass From E. McCollom
Stats at a GlanceNEWTC
1st Downs2124
3rd Down Conversions4-128-18
4th Down Conversions2-22-2
Passing (Comp-Att)448 (29-40) 267 (24-43)
Rushing (Att)3 (27) 182 (37)
Total Yards
Penalties8-7715-124
Turnovers41
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions30
Possession26:5733:03
Newberry football dropped by Tusculum, 45-33


Newberry football dropped by Tusculum, 45-33
Saturday, October 25, 2008 | by McCollom breaks passing records, but scarlet and gray fall

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. - The Newberry College football team fell into an early hole and was unable to recover, as Tusculum College won, 45-33, in South Atlantic Conference action at Pioneer Field.

Newberry (4-4, 3-2 SAC) outgained Tusculum (6-3, 3-2 SAC) 481 yards to 449 on offense, but four Newberry turnovers proved to be too much to overcome.

The Pioneers got on the board first, when Justin Scott (Jamestown, S.C.) capped an 11-play, 67-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 11:33 left in the first quarter. TC would score its second touchdown on a 22-yard run from Corey Russell (Speedwell, Tenn.), and extended the lead to 21-0 on a 5-yard pass from Russel to Jarrell NeSmith (Russellville, Ala.) with 4:03 left in the first quarter.

Newberry got its first points on the board on the first play of the second quarter when Eric McCollom (Camden, S.C.) connected with Kelton Tindal (Sumter, S.C.) for a 60-yard touchdown pass to make it a 21-7 game. The Pioneers took the lead back to three scores on a Russell-to-Calvin Britt (Augusta, Ga.) 35-yard touchdown with 6:24 until halftime.

The scarlet and gray finished off the first half scoring on the next drive, when Gerald Legree (Beaufort, S.C.) finished off a 7-play, 59-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. The extra point was blocked, making it 28-13 at the break.

The Pioneers didn't take long to extend their lead, as Randy Williams (Daleville, Ala.) scooped up a backwards pass on the first play of the third quarter and scampered 39 yards for the score. NC answered directly, as McCollom threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) on the second play of the ensuing drive. The two-point conversion attempt was good, making it a 35-21 game.

On the ensunig kickoff, Newberry's Ron Parker (Beaufort, S.C.) appeared to cause a fumble on the return, but the runner was ruled down. After an NC personal foul on the first play of the drive, the Pioneers took the momentum and turned it into a 5-play, 80-yard scoring drive that was capped by Russell's second TD run of the day, this one from 22 yards out.

Newberry came within two scores after McCollom threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to David Brown (Goose Creek, S.C.) in the fourth quarter. Gareth Rowlands (Wales, Great Britain) nailed a 39-yard field goal to extend the lead to 45-27 with 4:22 left, but NC finished the day's scoring on a 32-yard touchdown pass to Pressley.

Newberry recorded 481 yards of offense on the day, but only earned three rushing yards on 27 attempts. However, McCollom was 29-of-40 for 478 yards with three interceptions and four touchdowns.

McCollom earned the most passing yards by a Newberry player since Josh Stepp's 425 yard performance in a double overtime win at Catawba in 2005. That is also tied for the sixth best passing day in the history of the South Atlantic Conference. It is the most passing yards by a Newberry player in the South Atlantic Conference era.

Pressley was Newberry's leading receiver with eight catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns, while Tindal caught five passes for 117 yards and a score. Brown was not far from the 100-yard mark, as he had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Russell was TC's offensive leader, completing 24-of-43 passes for 267 and two scores, while rushing 18 times for 123 yards and two scores.

Parker led the Newberry defensive effort with eight tackles, while Elvin Bussey (Edgefield, S.C.) recorded six tackles and two sacks. Eight players recorded five or more tackles on the day. TC was led on defense by Scott, who had 10 stops and two sacks.

Newberry returns home next week for its final home game of the season, as the scarlet and gray will battle Lenoir-Rhyne University for the Bishops Trophy. Kickoff at Setzler Field is set for 7 p.m. Tusculum will visit Mars Hill the same day.