|October 02, 2010||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
|NEW||TD||14:45||Max Elliott (Britt Blackmon kick)|
|LRU||TD||12:32||Major Herron 1 Yd Run (Colin Corpe kick)|
|LRU||TD||06:40||Nick Stutts 14 Yd Pass From Major Herron (Colin Corpe kick)|
|NEW||TD||00:39||Brandon Bostick 9 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Britt Blackmon kick)|
|LRU||TD||12:54||Major Herron 4 Yd Run (Colin Corpe kick)|
|LRU||TD||03:38||Major Herron 1 Yd Run (Colin Corpe missed kick)|
|NEW||TD||11:23||David Pressley 31 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Britt Blackmon kick)|
|LRU||TD||10:02||James Pone 50 Yd Run|
|NEW||TD||14:22||Jake James 5 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Britt Blackmon missed kick)|
|NEW||TD||13:25||David Pressley 4 Yd Run (Britt Blackmon missed kick)|
|LRU||FG||07:28||Colin Corpe 29 Yd|
|NEW||TD||00:29||Brandon Bostick 15 Yd Pass From Bryan Ehrlich (Britt Blackmon kick)|
|Stats at a Glance||LRU||NEW|
|3rd Down Conversions||3-11||6-15|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||2-2|
|Passing (Comp-Att)||92 (6-15)||244 (30-37)|
|Rushing (Att)||376 (47)||55 (25)|
NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Wolves trailed by 12 points entering the fourth quarter, but scored three touchdowns in the final quarter of the game to claim their fifth straight Bishops Trophy with a 40-26 win over the Lenoir-Rhyne University Bears at Setzler Field on Saturday.
With the win, Newberry is now 2-2 overall and 1-0 in South Atlantic Conference play, while Lenoir-Rhyne is 3-2 and 0-1 in SAC action.
The Bears came into the game with the nation's second-best rushing offense and proceeded to carry the ball 47 times for 376 yards. L-R also outgained Newberry, 468 yards to 299. But the Wolves forced three turnovers and had many big plays to help pull off the Homecoming victory.
True freshman Max Elliott (Clover, S.C.) was the first player to provide the big play excitement, returning the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown and giving Newberry a 7-0 lead with just 15 seconds off of the clock. The Bears responded with a 5-play, 69-yard touchdown drive, capped by quarterback Major Herron (Kingsland, Ga.) scoring from one yard out on the first of his three touchdown carries on the day.
After forcing Newberry to punt on its first offensive series, the Bears engineered an 11-play, 64-yard touchdown drive that ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Herron to Nick Stutts (Statesville, N.C.) in the front corner of the endzone.
Newberry quarterback Bryan Ehrlich (San Antonio, Texas) completed the first of his four touchdown passes on the day to Brandon Bostick (Florence, S.C.) from nine yards out after a 12-play, 75-yard drive to tie the game at 14-all at the end of the first quarter.
The Bears' "Bear Bone" offense found success twice in the second quarter with Herron scoring on 4- and 1-yard touchdown carries in the frame to put the finishing touches on drives of 75 and 84 yards. The point after touchdown attempt on the final score of the half was blocked by Brian Spencer (Columbia, S.C.) to make it a 27-14 Lenoir-Rhyne lead at the halftime intermission.
The Newberry defense did its best to change the game's momentum as soon as both teams hit the field for the third quarter, with senior cornerback Kamaal McIlwain (Van Wyck, S.C.) intercepting a Herron pass on the second play of the half. The Wolves were held to a three-and-out and had to punt, but the boot by Nick Kinney (Goose Creek, S.C.) was downed at the Bears' 1-yardline. L-R was then held to a three-and-out, gaining just one yard. The punt from the endzone only managed to get to the L-R 31-yardline.
The Wolves immediately cashed in on the great field position, as Ehrlich connected with David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) for a 31-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the drive to cut the deficit to 27-21. Pressley would grab a school-record 14 receptions in the game for 155 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne's offense was not done yet, though, as the Bears needed just three plays to find the endzone. James Pone (Wilson, N.C.) sprinted for a 50-yard touchdown, but his two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving L-R's lead at 33-21 with 10:02 left in the third quarter.
That margin would stand going into the fourth quarter. Newberry started the final drive of the third quarter at the Bears' 49-yardline and the Wolves found themselves inside the L-R 10 as the quarter changed. On a fourth-and-2 play at the 5-yardline, Ehrlich threw across the grain of the play to tight end Jake James (Walhalla, S.C.) in the endzone.
The score was the first touchdown catch by a Newberry tight end since Michael Ward's 81-yard touchdown catch against Morehead State on Sept. 9, 2006 - a span of 47 games. The PAT was blocked, leaving the score at 33-27 in L-R's favor.
Newberry's Xavier Wallace (Kingstree, S.C.) provided the turning point of the game on the ensuing kickoff, laying out a punishing hit on the Bears' kick returner, Gaston Miller (Murfreesboro, Tenn.). The hit forced a fumble at the Bears' 18-yardline, which Joe Smith (Jonesville, S.C.) scooped up and returned to the 12-yardline. An 8-yard pass to Pressley and a 4-yard rush by Pressley but the Wolves in the endzone. The PAT was once again blocked, leaving the game tied at 33-all with 13:25 to play.
Lenoir-Rhyne drove into Newberry territory, but the Wolves defense held up on a third down attempt at the 15-yardline. Colin Corpe (Ocala, Fla.) converted on a 29-yard field goal to give Lenoir-Rhyne a 36-33 lead with 7:28 to play.
The Wolves were held to three-and-out on the ensuing drive, but held the Bears to a three-and-out as well, setting up a final push for the win at the Newberry 32-yardline.
Newberry crossed midfield, but ran into a key fourth down situation with seven yards to go at the L-R 47-yardline. The Ehrlich-to-Pressley connection provided much more than the necessary yardage, picking up 28 yards to keep the drive alive and get into field goal range. Ehrlich then launched a 15-yard touchdown pass to Bostick with 29 seconds remaining to take the 40-36 lead after the successful PAT by Britt Blackmon (Kershaw, S.C.).
The Bears would not go away quietly, driving down to the Newberry 24, but All-American safety Ron Parker (St. Helena Island, S.C.) intercepted a desperation heave in the endzone on the last play of the game to seal the victory.
Ehrlich completed 30-of-37 passes for 244 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the game. He has thrown for four touchdowns in three of his first four collegiate starts. Pressley's record day was the leading offensive effort, while Bostick caught five passes for 35 yards and two scores.
The Bears had two century rushers with Herron carrying the ball 21 times for 127 yards and three touchdowns and Pone rushing six times for 117 yards and a score.
Defensively, Parker led the Wolves with 11 tackles and the victory-sealing interception, while Derrell Kinard (Boiling Springs, S.C.) and Arterio Arnold (Greenville, S.C.) each had eight stops. Marcus Shuford (Newton, N.C.) led the Bears' defensive effort with 12 tackles and a blocked PAT.
Newberry hits the road for two straight games, starting at Tusculum (4-1, 0-1 SAC) for a 2 p.m. kickoff next Saturday. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Mars Hill (3-2, 1-0 SAC).