Following 49-14 loss at Bethel
On the heels of an embarrassing 49-14 loss at Bethel Saturday, Cumberland dropped seven spots to No. 19 in the NAIA Football Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
It marked the second loss in three weeks for the Bulldogs after a four-game winning streak from September 20-October 11.
Cumberland (6-3, 2-2 MSC West) finishes the regular season at home the next two weeks, taking on Reinhardt University this Saturday and Alderson Broaddus for Senior Day Nov. 15.
Both games kick off at Noon at Nokes-Lasater Field.
Bethel 49, Cumberland 14
McKENZIE -- Rising up on Senior Day, Bethel forced six turnovers and ran for 444-yards to hand Cumberland a 49-14 loss Saturday at Wildcat Stadium.
Wildcat tailback Devan Raymer rushed for 190 yards and one touchdown while QB Kerry Sellers carried 17 times for 128 yards and three scores as Bethel improved to 3-6 on the season.
"They're big and physical and I knew that could pose a problem for us," said head coach Donnie Suber. "I never thought it would be that big of a problem.
"Bethel is a talented football team and their coaches did a great job attacking us. They jumped on us quick and it just snowballed.
"We got out-coached, I did a bad job of getting the guys ready. That's just a part of football. You're on roll there and all of a sudden you run into a freight train."
The Wildcats took their opening possession of the game and marched 62 yards on six plays, all runs, with Sellers running 15 yards around right end for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead for the home team less than three minutes into the contest.
The Bulldogs took the ensuing drive to the Bethel 10-yard line, but Brandon Mallory was stopped for a loss and Broc Loveless' fourth down pass fluttered out of bounds against a stiff wind, turning the ball over on downs.
Sellers' 60-yard run down the left sideline set-up a two-yard plunge by fullback Emmitt Martin for a 14-0 BU advantage.
CU drove 38 yards on the next possession, but Michael Nwokoji fumbled at the Bethel 38, setting up the Wildcats again.
This time Quincy Walden caught a 45-yard touchdown pass, cutting in front of another receiver for the catch and going against the grain of the defense the final 30 yards for a 21-0 BU lead.
On the Bulldogs next drive, Mallory fumbled this time and Jeremy Williams picked it up, scampering 25 yards for the CU4.
CU's Kentavious Eberhart saved the touchdown for the moment with a shoestring tackle, but Sellers went around left end on the first play for the score and a 28-0 Bethel advantage.
The quarter finally ended, allowing Cumberland to switch ends and go with the wind, but CU had to punt.
On the first play Raymer swept right through a gaping hole and raced down the sideline. He broke a pair of tackles inside the 10 and fell into the end zone, giving the Wildcats a 35-0 edge just seconds into the second period.
Cumberland mustered just 255 yards of offense in the contest, with Loveless finishing 8-for-29 passing for 84 yards and one TD.
Justin Snyder came off the bench and went 3-of-6 passing for 56 yards.
Mallory was the team's leading rusher with 41 yards on 12 carries and Nwokoji rushed for 35 yards on 13 attempts and one touchdown, but both backs also fumbled in the first half.
Grant Jones paced the CU defense with two interceptions.