CU 44, Bethel 16
Cumberland had a 10-play drive later in the quarter that took a little more than six minutes off the clock, with quarterback Matt Eads sneaking into the endzone from a yard out for the score. Eads did most of his damage through the air, completing 15-of-19 for 190 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 26 yards, including an 18-yardscramble in the fourth quarter that set up the final offensive touchdown.In the fourth quarter the Bulldogs had another long drive, 15 plays for 74 yards that took 7:11 off the clock. Carter plunged in from a yard out to put CU ahead, 38-16. Michael Hagewood picked off a pass and returned it 48 yards for the score for the final score of the game for Cumberland, who improved to 2-3 overall, 1-2 in the Mid-South Conference but more importantly 1-0 in the West Division."That's the type of balance I'd like to have with our offense. We were able to establish the run today," head coach Dewayne Alexander. "We got first downs and kept [Bethel's] offense off the field and allowed us to keep out first-team defense on the field. That's our recipe for success the rest of the season."The Bulldogs scored on its first three possessions of the game, with Eads completing his first seven passes.Eads finished the opening drive of the game with a 25-yard catch and run to Travis Carter for a 7-0 CU lead just 4:16 into the contest. James McClain's 14-yard run capped the second scoring drive of the contest for a 14-0 Cumberland advantage with 6:14 remaining in the first period.Eads had his second TD pass of the game early in the second quarter, this one nine yards to Dexter Elston that finished an 11-play, 86-yard match for a 21-0 lead for the home team.Bethel put together a 10-play drive on the ensuing possession, with Sean Fraser hitting a 19-yard field goal to get the Wildcats on the board.Bethel drove the length of the field in the final two minutes of the first half, with Chad Lamping scoring from five yards out with less than 10 seconds remaining before the break. CU's Greg Smith blocked the extra point, giving the Bulldogs a 21-9 lead at the break.Cumberland travels to Montgomery, Ala., next Saturday, taking on Faulkner University at 1:30 p.m.