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Bulldogs hold off UPIKE 37-33

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Austin Chaplin

Chaplin runs for 156, two TDs
PIKEVILLE, Ky. - Leading 28-7 early in the third period, Cumberland held off a furious comeback try by the University of Pikeville and escaped Hillard Howard Field with a 37-33 win over the Bears Saturday, Oct. 3.

The victory broke a three-game losing streak, moving coach Donnie Suber's team to 2-3 on the season after four consecutive road games.

"It was ugly," Suber said. "We played pretty well defensively in the first half, but we almost let it slip through our hands in the second half.

"Pikeville has some good players, they could easily be 4-2 instead of 2-4. We missed some tackles, but their offense had us on our heels most of the afternoon."

Neither defense had much success as the two offensive units combined for 966 yards and 47 first downs.

Cumberland tailback Austin Chaplin ran 27 times for 156 yards with one touchdown after as he was forced to shoulder much of the load after Brandon Byrd went down with a shoulder injury.

"Chaplin did a great job," Suber said. He's a tough kid who runs hard and our offensive line worked on getting up to the second level to spring him for some long runs."

Quarterback Justin Snyder threw a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another -- finishing 13-of-24 for 198 yards.

He also ran 11 times for 76 yards -- including a key 13-yard run to set up CU's final score, a 24-yard field goal by Matthew Alter with 2:49 left in the contest.

Michael Green caught five passes for 166 yards -- including an 88-yard first down strike TD strike from Snyder that gave the Bulldogs a 21-point lead in the third.

Defensive back Tyler Stewart led the CU defense with 12 tackles and broke up three passes.

Nathan Jernigan was in on 11 stops, forced a fumble and recovered a last-ditch UPIKE onsides kick attempt.

Josh Bates, Justus Dauscha and Cayman Russell shared three quarterback sacks while Nathan Anderson blocked a Bear punt, then returned the football six yards for a Cumberland score.

The Bulldogs are scheduled to host Kentucky Christian Saturday, Oct. 10 at Nokes-Lasater Field.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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