LEBANON -- Michael Hinson's 27-yard field goal as time expired provided Cumberland with 29-26 victory over 11th-ranked Lambuth Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium. With the win the Bulldogs claim a share of the Mid-South Conference West Division championship.
On a cold and windy day with a very sloppy field, the two teams combined for seven turnovers, all in the first half. There was also a punt blocked, a punter who dropped a snap for a big loss and big plays by both teams, including a 94-yard catch and run by CU's James McClain that tied the contest with 5:43 remaining in the game.
Hinson's field goal was his third of the game and none bigger for Cumberland (6-5, 4-1 MSC West). The junior booted 29 and 21-yard three-pointers in the first half but also had an extra point blocked after McClain's tying TD.
The Cumberland defense limited a Lambuth offense that was averaging more than 50 points per game to just 26 despite 90 snaps and 405 yards of total offense for the Eagles. There were six lead changes in the contest as well as two extra points that no good, one missed by Lambuth and the block off the foot of Hinson.
CU quarterback Matt Eads completed 15-of-38 passes for 316 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for another score. McClain ended with six catches for 167 yards and a score, while the Bulldogs rushed for 121 yards on 34 carries.
Lambuth ran 57 times for 195 yards, including 102 on 18 carries by quarterback Josh Garza. He also completed 18-for-29 for 199 yards and three touchdowns.