|Cumberland 24, UVa.-Wise 17|
|Sunday, September 23, 2012|
WISE, Va. – Cumberland senior Lemeco Miller rushed 29 times for 160 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 24-17 victory Saturday night over UVA-Wise at Carl Smith Stadium.
The Bulldogs rushed 59 times for 302 yards in the game, but costly penalties and a couple of bad snaps prevented CU from expanding the lead and getting off the field in the second half.
Blake DeBoard carried 10 times for 79 yards and Reed Gurchiek had 12 rushes for 73 yards.
"There's no such thing as an ugly win in this conference," said CU head coach Dewayne Alexander. "We were our own worst enemy tonight, but give our guys credit -- they kept plugging away and we got out of here with a win."
Cumberland (3-1) held a 17-10 advantage at halftime and scored on the opening possession of the second half. A snap over Gurchiek’s head setup the Cavs with a short field and the home team pulled within 24-17 with 2:05 remaining in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs drove inside the Wise 10-yard line early in the final period but another bad snap ended the drove when the Cavs’ Eric White recovered the fumble. Another snap over Gurchiek’s head inside UVA-Wise territory forced a punt by the Bulldogs midway through the final quarter.
The Cumberland defense then stiffened twice in the final minutes, with Wise driving to the CU 14 before four straight incompletions by Culen LaVoi, including hurries by Nick Lennox and Tim McKee. The Bulldogs blitzed on fourth down and Josh Walker cut in front of the receiver, forcing a turnover on downs.