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'Dogs host Bethel for homecoming

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Saturday at Nokes-Lasater Field
Cumberland hopes to cap off a week of homecoming activities with a solid effort against longtime rival Bethel University Saturday.

Kickoff is set for 12 Noon at Nokes-Lasater Field. Live radio coverage begins at 11:30 a.m. on WANT FM-98.9.

Cumberland comes in 3-5 overall following a 41-21 loss last Saturday at Campbellsville while Bethel dropped a wild 48-44 loss to Faulkner.

The Wildcats lead the all-time series 9-7 though the Bulldogs have won three of the last five meetings and stand 6-0 all time in Lebanon.

The 2014 game was a nightmare for CU as six turnovers led directly to 21 Bethel points and a 49-14 loss in McKenzie.

"Our kids will show up and play hard," said CU coach Donnie Suber. "Last year we were in the driver's seat going into the Bethel game and they ended up getting up on us quick. We've got to be ready to play -- if we're not it could a long afternoon."

Over the last three games Cumberland has committed nine turnovers, including a season high four last week at Campbellsville.

Bulldog opponents have feasted on the offense's muscues, turning those into 66 points, including 24 by Campbellsville.

CU quarterback Justin Snyder is looking to bounce back from a rocky outing last week as the redshirt junior completed just 12-of-29 passes for 143 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. So far this season Snyder has thrown for 1,543 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Junior Austin Chaplin (6-1, 192, Mt. Juliet) paces the Bulldog ground game with 620 yards on 123 attempts and five touchdowns.

Bethel is led by junior tailback Devan Raymer (5-9, 160) who has rushed for 666 yards and six touchdowns on 118 attempts.

Goodwill donations accepted
Cumberland University's Office of Greek Affairs and Athletics Department have joined forces to host a Goodwill Donation Drive prior to Saturday's game.

Gently used items will be collected between the hours of 10 a.m.-1 p.m. including shoes, clothes, books, linens, handbags, musical instruments, etc.

All Donation Drive donated items must be in good, clean, sellable condition.

For a complete listing of acceptable items, visit www.giveit2goodwill.org.

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