Riding a wave of big plays, Univ. of the Cumberlands rolled to a 52-27 win over Cumberland Saturday, Nov. 13 at James H. Taylor II Stadium.
The win locked up a fourth consecutive Mid-South Conference divisional title for the 7-3 Patriots and handed the team a berth in the NAIA playoffs. The loss ended CU’s season at 8-3 and dashed any hope of a post-season berth.
“We had some opportunites to get back in the game,” said CU coach Dewayne Alexander, “but we never had that great defensive series to get them off the field on a three and out.”
“I told our defense after the game, don’t let this three-hour period of time define who you are,” he told his charges. “The play of our defense all season long allowed us to be in this position. Obviously we’re disappointed, but we’ve done a lot to get to this point. We got beat by a team that has now won four titles in a row -- I think that had something to do with the outcome. They played like champions at home on their senior day.”
The Patriots recorded six plays of 40-plus yards in the game, including a 76-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Cobb on the third play of the third quarter. UC rushed for 240 yards and passed for another 311, scoring seven touchdowns.
All told, the home team racked up 551 yards in offense and scored the most points against the Bulldogs since October 20, 2007.