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Cumberland falls 34-16

Posted on 19 October 2014 by Allen

 Broc Loveless Cumberland

Cumberland played perhaps its best first half of the season but lost both quarterbacks to injury in the first half and No. 7 Faulkner scored 27 straight points in the second half in a 34-16 victory over the No. 11 Bulldogs here Saturday at Billy D. Hilyer Stadium.

Anthony Woodard caught a pair of touchdown passes for the Bulldogs (5-2, 1-1 Mid-South), who led 16-7 at the break and missed another touchdown late in the period but that led to a safety. Reed Gurchiek and Broc Loveless were both injured late in the half, though Loveless returned briefly in the third quarter but was very hobbled.

Cumberland managed just 29 yards of offense in the second half and one big turnover allowed the Eagles (6-1, 2-0) to score the go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter. Terrell Robinson’s sweep around the right side went 40 yards for a score with 11:34 left in the third period and on the ensuing possession, Brandon Mallory fumbled, setting up Faulkner at the CU8.

Robinson hit Keithon Redding for an eight-yard TD throw on the first play and despite a blocked PAT, the home team took a 20-16 advantage. Rashad Pargo caught a 16-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter and Faulkner caught the Bulldogs in a blitz later in the period, with Redding taking a bubble screen 30 yards for the final score.

Robinson finished 23-of-37 passing for 239 yards and four touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 86 yards and one score, most of those on scrambles.

The teams traded punts on their first possessions of the game before Faulkner put together a seven-play, 66-yard drive with Robinson completing eight and one-yard throws before an 11-yard TD toss to Gabe Chambers, putting the Eagles ahead, 7-0, with 7:23 remaining in the opening quarter.

Cumberland answered on the ensuing drive, with Gurchiek carrying for 11 yards and completing a 15-yard throw to Trevon Jones and a 19-yard pattern to Blake DeBoard. Two plays later he found Woodard in the back of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown throw, knotting the game at seven with 3:45 to play in the period.

Faulkner marched down the field on the next possession, moving 72 yards on 17 plays, but the drive stalled with two incompletions and a tackle behind the line of scrimmage from Kyle Musice. The Eagles attempted a 32-yard field goal, but the kick was low and blocked by Elvin Vann, with Nathan Jernigan picking up the bouncing ball and getting it to midfield.

The Bulldogs had to punt but the defense held and the Eagles’ Phillip Anderson shanked an 11-yard punt, setting up CU at the CU45.

Loveless carried for 12 yards and completed a 16-yard pass on 3rd-and-10 to Woodard. Three plays later Gurchiek hit Woodard for a 20-yard TD pass on a corner route, giving CU a 14-7 advantage. A miscommunication on the kickoff put the Eagles at their own seven-yard line and the defense pushed the home team back, forcing another short punt against the wind. CU took over at the Faulkner 41 and moved inside the five thanks to a face mask penalty on an eight-yard run by Gurchiek.

Michael Green broke a tackle for a four-yard gain on third down, setting up first and goal, but Gurchiek was hurt on first down on a sweep and Loveless went to throw on fourth down but the receiver got tangled up and the quarterback was tackled at the one.

On the first play for the Eagles, Cayman Russell tackled Faulkner’s Raquis Hale in the end zone for a safety, giving CU a 16-7 lead with 1:43 left in the half.

Green returned the free kick to the CU45, but Loveless was injured on a running play on second down. Brandon Mallory picked up the first down but two plays later Justin Snyder threw an interception at the Faulkner 14, ending the half.

Cumberland hosts Campbellsville University next Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Bulldogs first home game since September 20.

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