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Bulldogs host Belhaven today

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Saturday's version of "The Mumme" isn't a replay of the campy horror film Brendan Fraser that pops up on cable TV seemingly every week.

Instead, look for pass-happy coach Hal Mumme to bring his Behlaven Blazers into Nokes-Lasater Field for a matinee performance against Cumberland University.

The curtain goes up at 1:30 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 1 p.m. on WANT FM-98.9 and WAMB FM-99.3.

Mumme, 61, hired as head coach at Belhaven in January, made a name for himself as architect of the "Air Raid" offense, a no-huddle, no holds barred style of offense that leans heavily on the passing game.

Most recently at SMU as passing game coordinatior under head coach June Jones, Mumme got his start at Iowa Wesleyan in 1989 and also led Valdosta State (Ga.), Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State and McMurry (Texas), a Division III school.

Belhaven is Mumme's seventh head coaching job. His most high-profile job was at Kentucky from 1997 to 2000, when he led the Wildcats to back-to-back bowls and coached quarterback Tim Couch, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 NFL draft.

In 1998, the Wildcats went 7-5 and played in the Outback Bowl, becoming the first coach to take the team to a New Year's Day bowl game since Bear Bryant in 1951.

He is the only coach in the modern era at Kentucky to beat Alabama and numerous college head coaches' are part of his coaching tree, including current Washington State Head Coach Mike Leach.

He resigned in 2001 amid an NCAA investigation that eventually led to sanctions.

Belhaven comes in 2-1 on the season after last week's 31-27 road loss at the University of the Cumberlands.

The Blazers have averaged 360 yards passing per game and have scored just over 34 points per game.

The all-time series
Saturday's game will mark the 17th consecutive season the two programs have played -- with the teams splitting the previous 16 meetings.

The Blazers' three-game winning streak from 2004-06 is the longest in the series. CU has won five of the last seven contests, with four of the seven outings decided by six points or less.

The Bulldogs posted a 41-31 victory last season in Jackson, Miss., with Reed Gurchiek accounting for 324 yards of total offense and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead eight-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter.

Michael Nwokoji added 191 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries. The win was the first for head coach Donnie Suber. Two years ago, Gurchiek rushed four yards for a TD in overtime in a 36-30 win in a game that featured nearly 800 yards of total offense.

Donations sought for fire victims
The Theta Prime chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity at Cumberland University will take donations at today's football game to benefit Tyler Smith and Nick Sackman, the two students who lost essentially all of their belongings in the fire that destroyed the Baptist Student Ministries house on the CU campus on September 3.

A donation receptacle will be placed at the home ticket gate for this Saturday's game against Belhaven University, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Interested individuals may also make donations by contacting Stanton Johnson with the fraternity at 615-202-9859.

Cumberland will also honor three conference champions from the 2013-14 academic year at halftime of the contest, including women's soccer, men's golf and men's tennis. All three programs won Mid-South Conference regular season titles last year and women's soccer and men's tennis both reached the NAIA National Tournament.

CU moves up in poll
Cumberland football moved up four spots to No. 21 in the fi rst regular season edition of the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll, the national office announced earlier this week.

The Bulldogs won their season-opener Sept. 6 against then fourth-ranked and 2013 NAIA national runner-up the University of the Cumberlands 34-27 in Lebanon.

It was the first win for CU over the Patriots in 10 seasons. UC had won 24 of its previous 25 contests versus Mid-South Conference opponents before the loss.

Cumberland lost 63-7 at NCAA Division I FCS opponent UT Martin last Thursday.

Homecoming tickets
The Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce is selling discounted tickets for Cumberland's Oct. 25 homecoming game against Campbellsville University.

Fans must purchase at least two tickets to receive the special $7 rate from the Chamber for the 1:30 p.m. contest at Nokes-Lasater Field.

Homecoming activities take place at halftime of the contest, with the Homecoming Queen crowned by University President Dr. Harvill Eaton.

Other tailgating and student activities will also take place inside and outside the gates of Nokes-Lasater Field before the game.

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