CU hosts Bethel Saturday
Alexander went on to say, "I don’t think anyone has played a tougher schedule than we have to this point. I certainly think the fans will see it pay off as we enter divisional play in these next seven weeks of the season.
"I’m excited [about playing at home], and I don’t think there’s any doubt that the fans who are seeing us for the first time Saturday will like what they see -- how these young men play, how they handle themselves."
Cumberland enters today’s game off a 52-37 road loss last Saturday at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
CU scored on the second play of the game and produced 20 points in the second quarter to take a 10-point halftime edge only to see the University of the Cumberlands score 35 second-half points.
The Bulldogs chalked up 319 yards of pass offense as the Patriots stacked the line against the CU ground game. Quarterback Matt Eads finished the game 21-of-35 with two touchdowns and three interceptions.
Tight end Mitch Reynolds had six catches for 51 yards, while running back J.T. Majors carried 17 times for 62 yards and score. Linebacker Stephon Ransom, a freshman from Shelbyville, led the defense with 12 tackles.
After starting the season 0-3, Bethel gained a little confidence with a 31-21 victory over the Blazers of Belhaven College. The defense set the tone early and created six turnovers, while the offense showed signs of promise.
Bethel’s Justin Woodard went over the century mark in rushing for the third time this year posting 106 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown. Fullback Steve Jarrett carried five times for 46 yards.
Quarterback Chad Lamping was 12-of-26 for 164 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked five times. Wide receiver Blake Bragg had two catches, both for touchdowns and a total of 66 yards.
Desmond Newbold had three grabs for 43 yards. John Graham caught two ball for a total 40 yards on the night including a key catch on third down. Sean Fraser was 4-of-4 on PATs and kicked a 32 yard field goal. Last season the Wildcats defeated the Bulldogs 54-15 in McKenzie.
"Bethel will spread you out and try to run the football," Coach Alexander said. "I think what our folks will see on Saturday is a good dose of the tailback. Bethel loves to line up and give him 20-25 carries a game. Along with that, they’re going to try some gadget stuff, a reverse, double pass -- they’re not afraid to try something.
"A lot of teams will run something tricky once a game, but with Bethel it’s a part of their base offense."