Defense earns last second 39-38 win in annual Spring Game

Defense earns last second 39-38 win in annual Spring Game
Saturday, April 9, 2011

NEWBERRY, S.C. - After the offense tied the Newberry College spring football game up with 11 seconds remaining, the defense broke up a Hail Mary attempt as time expired to earn a 39-38 win.

While the offense scored in the traditional manner, the defense worked under a modified scoring system with a touchdown worth nine points, a forced turnover worth four points, missed field goals and three-and-outs worth three points, fourth down stops, sacks and failed two-point conversions worth two points and forced punts, pass breakups and tackles for loss worth one point.

The defense got off to a hot start, scoring the first 13 points of the game. A pass breakup, a three-and-out, two punts and sacks by Dominique Jacobs and Deandre Richburg added up to an 11-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, and a fourth down stop early in the second quarter pushed it to 13-0.

The offense got on the board in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown carry by Terrence Wilson and took a 14-13 lead on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Justin Goldsmith to Byron Dickerson. The defense responded with a three-and-out followed by a punt to go back on top, 17-14. The defense extended its lead to 21-14 when Lee Houston recovered a fumble by Max Elliott. Kenny DeStefani pushed the lead to 23-14 with a sack, but Nick Kinney snuck a 45-yard field goal attempt over the crossbar to narrow it to 23-17 and Jacobs tallied his second sack of the game to make it 25-17 at the half.

The defense scored nine points in the third quarter on a Letavious Williams pass breakup, a three-and-out followed by a punt and a Tyler DeStefani sack.

The offense stormed back into the game with two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter. After Mario Carter fumbled at the 1-yardline, offensive tackle Ben Inabinet fell on the ball in the bottom of the pile for a touchdown, and Michael Rentz connected with Jameze Massey for a 31-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 34-31.

A tackle for loss, an Arsenio Smoot sack and a pass breakup by Eli Charles put the defense up 38-31, but W.T. Murden led the offense on a 7-play, 60-yard drive to score with 11 seconds left. A 32-yard pass from Murden to Edward Gilliard got the ball to the 1-yardline and Lyndon Ingram punched it in for a touchdown.

The offense got the ball at the 50-yardline with 11 seconds to play in an attempt to score, but the secondary broke up the last-second pass, earning one point and the 39-38 win.

Wilson was the leading rusher with three carries for 40 yards, as 15 players carried the ball 34 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns. Murden was 12-of-21 for 140 yards, Rentz was 10-of-13 for 119 yards and a touchdown and Goldsmith was 4-of-7 for 76 yards and a score. Jameze Massey had four catches for 68 yards and a score.

James Bostick, Hopkins and Xavier Wallace had four individual tackles to lead the defense.