Cumberland managed only 80 yards of total offense, including just 28 yards passing. Curt Bureau was 7-for-18 for 22 yards while freshman Christian Burnett saw his first action of the year late in the contest.
Stephon Ramson registered 12 tackles and Todd Holman added 11 tackles with a sack for the CU defense that played really well the entire contest. Newberry totaled 380 yards of offense, with 259 coming after halftime.
The Bulldog defense came up with two big stops in the first quarter, with Josh Smith recovering a fumble and then Cody McCallister coming up from his safety position to tackle Newberry’s Gerald Legree on a 4th-and-2 late in the period.
After McCallister’s tackle, CU put together a nine-play drive that covered 36 yards before Nick Sasser booted a season-long 41-yard field goal, giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead with 13:35 remaining in the second quarter.
The Cumberland defense stiffened again late in the second period after a nine-play Newberry drive. Chris Simpson did not bite on a double move and Ransom hurried quarterback Brandon Gantt into a high throw, forcing a 34-yard field goal that was wide left. Cumberland took a 3-0 lead to halftime after a late interception by Allante’ McLemore.
Newberry (2-1) put together a 15-play drive on the opening possession of the second half, but again came up empty after missing a 32-yard field goal, keeping the Bulldogs ahead, 3-0.
The home team finally got on the scoreboard on their next possession, an eight-play drive capped by a 12-yard touchdown run from Legree. Newberry ran the ball on all eight plays, covering 53 yards.
After a 21-yard punt return by Antonio Patton, S.J. Worrell scored on a 13-yard run for Newberry for a 13-3 lead after Holman blocked the extra point.
Alkeem Sherman scored on fourth down from a yard out with 5:35 left in the fourth quarter, putting Newberry ahead, 20-3.
CU will the University of the Cumberlands next Saturday at Lindsey Donnell Stadium at 1:30 p.m.