BUREAU THROWS FOR 296-YDS.
LEBANON --– In his first appearance of the season, Curt Bureau completed 22-of-34 passes for 296 yards and one touchdown in 25th-ranked Cumberland ’s 23-7 victory over Lindsey Wilson Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.
The Bulldogs (4-1) won their fourth straight contest, dominating the first half with 23 points and 316 yards of total offense. The CU defense limited LWC (1-4) to only 29 yards of total offense in the first half on 16 plays, as Cumberland held the ball for 20:20.
Bureau did not play in the first four games of the year after January shoulder surgery was slow to heal. He did not return to the practice field until two weeks ago after serving as a student assistant during fall camp and the first two games.
The Dunlap native completed his first six passes and 14-of-15 in the first half for 216 yards and one touchdown. For his efforts the fifth-year senior was named the Music City Star of the Game.
The Bulldogs put together three scoring drives of 56 yards or more in the first half, scoring on their first two possessions and three of the first four en route to a 20-0 advantage. Jared White booted a 25-yard field goal with 47 seconds remaining in the half for a 23-0 edge.
Cumberland struggled offensively in the second half and killed itself with penalties, which negated a pair of touchdowns, and White missed two field goals as well.
Lemeco Miller led the Bulldogs in rushing with 83 yards on nine carries, including a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. He also caught six passes for 57 yards, while Mike Moore had four catches for 93 yards.
Cumberland ’s defense accounted for eight sacks and minus 22 yards rushing, running its total to 17 over the last two weeks.
Cumberland took the opening drive of the game and marched 60 yards on six plays, including a scramble to the left by Bureau and completion to Mitch Reynolds for 35 yards to the two. Kwamane Howard punched in the touchdown on the next play for a 7-0 lead just 2:35 into the contest.
The Bulldogs scored on their second possession as well, five plays and 56 yards, capped by a 35-run scamper around right end from Miller for a 13-0 advantage. The next drive ended with a mix-up on 4th-and-1 at the LWC 15, but Bureau connected with Da’Juan Manning for a 30-yard TD to complete a 64-yard drive for a 20-0 edge.
The Bulldogs put together a 12-play, 81-yard drive late in the second period that included a 49-yard catch and run from Bureau to Mike Moore. The drive stalled and Jared White booted a 25-yard field goal with 47 seconds left in the half for a 23-0 Cumberland lead at the break.
The Cumberland defense held Lindsey Wilson to just 25 yards of total offense into the fourth quarter before the Blue Raiders gained 69 on their only scoring drive, with Ricky Bowling hit Matt Powers with a 44-yard score with 9:19 remaining in the contest.
Cumberland finishes a three-game homestand next week, facing Shorter University at 1:30 p.m. at Lindsey Donnell Stadium-Kirk Field.