On Saturday November 6th at James H. Taylor, II Stadium in Williamsburg, KY the University of the Cumberlands football team hosted Mid-South Conference (MSC) Western Division foe Faulkner University. The Patriots came out of the locker room looking like a team on a mission and with something to prove as they easily defeated the Eagles 79-7 to remain in contention for a NAIA playoff berth. The win also gives the Patriots an opportunity to be the MSC Western Division Champions with a win on Saturday against Cumberland University.
With such a dominating performance on the field the Patriots were able to enter the history books as a team and many players were able to break or tie nine Cumberlands football records.
“It’s always nice to perform this well in big time games,” exclaimed Head Football Coach John Bland. “Records being set are always a good reflection of the players’ hard work and ability to execute plays.”
As a team the Patriots offense piled up a combined 625 total rushing yards replacing the record held by the 2004 team against UVA-Wise with 620 rushing yards.
The rushing game also had 10 rushing touchdowns on the day tying the previous best held by the 2009 team against Kentucky Christian University (KCU).
The running backs were able to break the highest yards per rush average by averaging 11.36 yards per attempt on 55 carries. The record was held by the 2009 team against KCU with a 10.85 yards per rush average on 54 carries.
The team also broke the single game scoring record with 79 points scored. The record was previously held by the 2004 team against UVA-Wise with 76 points scored.
Sophomore running back Terrance Cobb (Knoxville, TN) had a career day for the Patriots as he ran for 6 rushing touchdowns setting the new school record. Cobb broke the record previously held by 5 former Patriot players with 4 rushing touchdowns. Cobb also ended the game as the Patriots single game scoring leader as he was able to run across 36 points on the scoreboard. The previous best was 24 points held by 4 former players.
Justin Dyer (Woodburn, KY) was able to convert on all 11 PAT’s in the game which set the school record. The previous best was 8 held by Hunter Meade who did it twice (2007, 2008) and Mark Gotcher in 2004.
Special Teams was also a big part of the Patriots big day and leading them was Daniel Cotter (Sevierville, TN). On the day Cotter tied the longest punt return as he took the punt at the 12 yard line and ran it back 82 yards for the touchdown. Cotter tied Eddie Miller’s record he set back in 1992. Cotter was able to get on top of the record books by himself as he broke the single game punt return yards gained with 145 yards. The previous record was held by Eddie Miller in 1992.
“These records being set is something that everyone can take pride in years down the road,” said Coach Bland.
The Patriots take on MSC West foe Cumberland University on Saturday November 13th at James H Taylor, II Stadium with the chance to add to the record books as they are going for their fourth consecutive MSC Championship. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 PM.
The game will be broadcast on http://www.cumberlandspatriots.com/ and click on the “live” button.