September 27, 20141st2nd3rd4thFinal
Newberry0714829
Mars Hill71471038
Scoring
1st Quarter
MHUTD08:02Holmes 12 Yd Pass From Miller (Stewart kick)
2nd Quarter
MHUTD12:09Holmes 11 Yd Pass From Miller (Stewart kick)
NBYTD04:59Murden 1 Yd Run (Clark kick)
MHUTD04:44Holmes (Stewart kick)
3rd Quarter
NBYTD09:32Doctor 34 Yd Run (Clark missed kick)
NBYTD04:37Cook 29 Yd Pass From Murden
MHUTD03:39Taylor 67 Yd Pass From Holmes (Stewart kick)
4th Quarter
MHUFG14:48Stewart 20 Yd
MHUTD10:05Allen 6 Yd Pass From Miller (Stewart kick)
NBYTD00:54Watson 6 Yd Pass From Murden
Stats at a GlanceNBYMHU
1st Downs1817
3rd Down Conversions4-146-14
4th Down Conversions1-32-2
Passing (Comp-Att)147 (18-28) 138 (10-19)
Rushing (Att)162 (38) 165 (51)
Total Yards309303
Penalties4-3012-93
Turnovers31
Fumbles Lost11
Interceptions20
Possession25:4434:16
Wolves trek to the mountains to take on Mars Hill


Wolves trek to the mountains to take on Mars Hill
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

NEWBERRY - The official game notes package for the Newberry College Wolves' football matchup with the Lions of Mars Hill University on Saturday, September 27, has been released.

THE GAME

• Newberry College is in its 101st season of intercollegiate football.

• Today’s game marks the 984th game in school history, with Newberry carrying an all-time record of 406-541-36 (.431)

• Neither team is receiving votes or ranked in either the AFCA or D2Football polls.

COMMON OPPONENTS

• The teams share their South Atlantic Conference slate and North Greenville as common opponents.

Opponent

Newberry

Mars Hill

Brevard

Nov. 1 - A

Oct. 11 - H

Carson-Newman

Nov. 8 - H

Oct. 4 - A

Catawba

L (2OT) 34-37

Nov. 1 - H

Lenoir-Rhyne

Oct. 18 - H

Oct. 25 - A

North Greenville

Nov. 15 - A

Oct. 18 - A

Tusculum

Oct. 11 - A

Nov. 15 - H

Wingate

Oct. 4 - H

Nov. 8 - A

THE MARS HILL SERIES

• This is the 44th all-time meeting between Newberry and Mars Hill.

• Mars Hill holds a 28-15 lead in the all-time series.

• Newberry’s win in the 2013 matchup at Setzler Field snapped a 5-game Mars Hill winning streak in the series.

• Prior to Mars Hill’s 5-game streak, Newberry had won three consecutive games against the Lions.

• The Wolves always seem to struggle in the mountains of Mars Hill, trailing 15-4 to MHU in the series in Madison County.

THE COACHES

NEWBERRY:  Todd Knight (Gardner-Webb, 1989) is in his sixth season as Newberry’s head coach. He has a 29-27 record and a record of 5-3 against teams ranked in the AFCA Divsion II Top 25. He has an 18-16 record against the South Atlantic Conference. In 2009, Knight led Newberry to a 6-4 record and became the first Newberry head coach to record a winning record in his inaugural season since Reed Charpia in 1978. In 2010, Knight led Newberry to a 4-6 record, as well as the 2011 season. The Wolves went 5-6 overall in the 2012 season and achieved a ranking as high as No. 25 nationally. In 2013, he led the Wolves to a 9-3 overall record, making the school’s second appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Newberry finished the season ranked No. 23 nationally. Knight is 1-4 all-time against Mars Hill.

MARS HILL: Tim Clifton (Mercer, 1976) is in his 22nd season as a collegiate head coach and at MHU. He has a 115-108 record overall. He is 14-6 all-time against Newberry.

UP NEXT: WINGATE

• Newberry returns home on Oktoberfest weekend to host the Wingate University Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 4.

• The game will be the 25th all-time meeting between the two schools.

• The Wolves won against Wingate on the road last year, snapping a three-year losing skid.

ROLL OVER THE ODOMETER

• Newberry quarterback W.T. Murden became just the fourth trigger man in school history to pass for over 5,000 yards in a career with his 174 yards at CSU.

• He now has 5,556 yards passing.

• He ranks second in school history in touchdown passes, third in completions and touchdowns and yardage and is fourth in attempts.

 

Career

Yardage

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

7,398

2.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

5,678

3.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

5,556

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

5,390

5.

Brandon Gantt

(2007-09)

3,716

Attempts

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

975

2.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

821

3.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

746

4.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

737

5.

Tim Singleton

(1989-90, 1992)

636

Completions

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

583

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

458

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

412

4.

Jimmy Skipper

 (1982-85)

372

5.

Brandon Gantt

(2007-09)

321

Touchdowns

1.

Josh Stepp

(2004-06)

72

2.

W.T. Murden

(2011-pres.)

48

3.

Dustin Coats

(1997-2000)

47

4.

Jimmy Skipper

(1982-85)

34

5.

Bryan Ehrlich

(2009-11)

33

 

• Murden is also second in the career records in total offense, and has a chance to take over the all-time record. He would become one of just three QBs to rush for 1,000 yards in their career.

 

 

Career Total Offense Leaders

Rush

Pass

Total

1.

Josh Stepp, QB (2003-2006)

1,172

7,398

8,570

2.

W.T. Murden, QB (2011-pres.)

891

5,556

6,447

3.

Jimmy Skipper, QB (1982-1985)

514

5,390

5,904

4.

Dustin Coats, QB (1997-2000)

-87

5,678

5,591

5.

Tim Singleton, QB/WR (1989-1992)

1,413

3,665

5,078

HOMETOWN SCORER

 

• Jackson Swindler scored Newberry’s first touchdown of the season with his 62-yard score in the fourth quarter of the CSU game.

• He is the first player who is a native of Newberry to score a touchdown for Newberry College since Roderick Elkins returned an interception for the game winning touchdown at West Virginia Wesleyan on Sept. 23, 2000.

This is a span of 128 games

• The last Newberry local to score an offensive touchdown was Trokya Bates, who had a TD reception in the Nov. 14, 1998 Bronze Derby game, a 45-14 loss at Presbyterian.

This is a span of 143 games

• Newberry native Joseph Foster kicked four PATs in the blowout win over Limestone.

• Both players have an interesting Newberry connection, as Swindler is the son of recently retired City of Newberry police chief Jackie Swindler and Foster is the son of Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster.

ELMORE HITS A THOUSAND

• With three carries in the third quarter of the Limestone game, Newberry senior Dureal Elmore from Abbeville earned over 1,000 rushing yards for his career.

• With two more rushing touchdowns, Elmore would crack Newberry’s top 10 in career rushing scores. He currently has 11 touchdowns after his third quarter score against the Saints. 

BOOKER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

• Senior outside linebacker A.J. Booker from Spartanburg earned AstroTurf SAC Defensive Player of the Week honors Monday.

• Booker had a pair of interceptions to set up scores in the Wolves’ record-breaking 70-20 win over Limestone on Saturday/Sunday. He is now the only player in the conference with multiple interceptions.

• He totaled three tackles in the game, including a 14-yard sack which push Limestone out of easy field goal range. The Saints would attempt a 39-yarder which was blocked.

• Booker is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and was recently added to Newberry’s Order of the Gray Stripe.

 

NEWBERRY IN THE NFL

• Three former Newberry College football players are on NFL roster

• As expected, Kansas City cornerback Ron Parker made the Chiefs’ roster for the second straight season opener.

• Parker  ranks second on the Chiefs’ roster in tackles with 15. He led KC in tackles in their loss at Denver. He played in 67 snaps of the win at Miami, a career-best 96% of snaps.

• Despite an injury late in the preseason, Brandon Bostick remained on the active roster for the Green Bay Packers. He made his 2014 debut in last week’s win over the Jets, playing on nine special teams plays.

• The feel-good story of the NFL this preseason was wide receiver Corey Washington, who caught four touchdown passes late in games for the New York Giants. In the regular season, he has yet to catch a pass and only played on special teams in a 25-14 loss to Arizona.

• These players tie Newberry for the second-most NFL players of any Division II school, behind only Grand Valley State with five. A trio of other Division II schools also have three NFL players – Saginaw Valley State, Washburn and West Texas A&M.

• Newberry’s three NFL players is all the more impressive considering its relatively small student body. Only one player in the NFL hails from a college smaller than Newberry - Baltimore Ravens’ wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who attended Lane College in Tennessee. Lane lists its attendance as 1,000. 

• All three Newberry players will be available on TV in the Columbia market this weekend, with two primetime games.

Newberry in the NFL Week Two

Thursday, September 25

8:25 p.m. - New York Giants at Washington, CBS/NFLNet

Sunday, September 28

1 p.m. - Green Bay at Chicago, Fox

Monday, September 29

8:30 p.m. - New England at Kansas City, ESPN