Aug. 30, 2010

Courtesy of Winona State University

-- Evan Aber threw two touchdown passes and the Warrior defense recovered three fumbles as Winona State upset No. 9 Carson-Newman, 24-21, in Jefferson City, Tenn.

A swarming Winona State (1-0) defense forced three Eagle fumbles, including two deep in Warrior territory. Alex Coulter came up with the football off a Carson-Newman (0-1) fumble in the first quarter and Cody Dummer recovered a loose ball with under a minute to play in the first half, both turnovers taking possible Eagle points off the board. Elliott Gaulke also recovered a fumble to stop C-N's first drive of the third quarter.

Aber, making the first start of his career, threw touchdown passes to tight ends Erik Steine and Kyle Melcher. Aber finished the game completing 19 of 36 passes for 229 yards to go along with the two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Warriors trailed 14-10 at halftime, before Aber's second scoring pass of the day put them on top 17-14 after three quarters. Carson-Newman scored on its first drive of the fourth quarter to retake a 21-17 lead.

Winona State came right back, getting a touchdown run from Curtis Dewberry to take a 24-21 lead which they would never give up. Dewberry's touchdown run was set up by a 56-yard catch and run from junior receiver Eric Swan that put WSU inside the Carson-Newman five-yardline. Swan finished the game with four receptions for 109 yards.

Sophomore running back Rayon Simmons led the Warriors with 85 yards rushing on 22 carries while Dewberry added 59 yards and the score.

Winona State has now beaten Carson-Newman to start the last two seasons, earning today's victory to go with a 17-12 win a year ago in Winona.

Two of Carson-Newman's touchdowns came from big plays. Quarterback Doug Belk found a hole in the middle of the Warrior's defense for a 71-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and then hit Patrick Miller on a 60-yard pass play in the fourth to set up Nate Inman's one-yard scoring run. Belk also hit Jason Brown for a touchdown in the second, finishing the game 7-of-22 passing for 135 yards and the score.

WSU held Carson-Newman to 205 yards rushing on the day, well off the Eagles' 2009 average of 336 yards on the ground each game.