Nov. 20, 2010

Courtesy of Mary Hardin-Baylor Athletics

Belton, TX -
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football team took control of the game in the first quarter with a pair of huge special teams plays and the Cru never let Christopher Newport get back into the game in a 59-7 win over the Captains Saturday afternoon in Belton. UMHB improves to 11-0 on the season with the victory and advances to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships for the seventh straight season. The loss ends Christopher Newports season at 6-5 overall.

UMHB would fumble the ball away at its own 23-yard line on the second play of the game, but the Cru defense held and forced a 41-yard field goal attempt. Brenson Bristow broke through to block the field goal and Javicz Jones raced 74 yards untouched for a UMHB touchdown and a 7-0 lead just 1:48 into the game. On the ensuing kickoff, Christopher Newport never touched the ball on a short, high kick and UMHBs Bronson Shaw recovered, giving the Cru the ball at the CNU 34-yard line. Quincy Daniels scored from one yard out seven plays later to stretch the lead to 14-0. UMHB would force a fumble on the next Captains possession and Daniels scored on a 20-yard run two plays later to give the Cru a 21-0 lead with 9:24 left in the first quarter. Daniels added another one-yard TD run three plays after a 51-yard Geoff Myles punt return and UMHB would lead 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Cru would outgain the Captains 113-12 in the first quarter despite turning the ball over twice.

Daniels would add a 39-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter and LiDarral Bailey found Damian Davis with a 43-yard TD pass to give UMHB a 42-0 lead. Christopher Newport found the end zone on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Christian Woelfel-Monsivais to T.J. Foster with 3:59 left in the first half. Kyle Noack would find Ervin Johnson with a three-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left and UMHB would lead 49-7 at halftime.

The two teams were scoreless in the third quarter, but Chad Peevey hit a 25-yard field goal and Stephen Salinas broke off a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to provide the final margin for UMHB.

Daniels finished with 146 rushing yards and tied a UMHB single-game record with four rushing touchdowns despite not carrying the ball after the 10:49 mark of the second quarter. Salinas added 113 rushing yards on seven carries. Bailey was 5-8 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown and he ran for 30 yards on seven carries. Davis caught three passes for 65 yards and a score. UMHB would roll up 392 rushing yards and 477 yards of total offense despite turning the ball over three times in the game and only having possession for 22:19. Jones led the Cru defense with 12 total tackles and Chris Brent had 1.5 sacks.

Woelfel-Monsivais was 15-30 passing for 175 yards and a touchdown and Foster had a huge game with 13 catches for 175 yards and a score. Keith Gaines ran for 33 yards on 21 carries and both Foster and Gaines went over 1,000 yards for the season. The Captains managed just 48 rushing yards on 46 carries and only totaled 271 yards of total offense on 87 plays. CNU also turned the ball over five times in the loss. Mike King led the Captains defense with 11 total tackles and Michael Ruckman had an interception and two sacks for CNU.

UMHB joins Mount Union as the only two Division III programs in the country to win at least one postseason game in each of the last seven seasons. The Cru is 11-0 for the first time in the 13-year history of the program. UMHB will now host Thomas More College (11-0) in a Second Round game next Saturday at noon at Tiger Field. The Saints are coming off a 42-14 victory over Washington & Lee in the First Round. This will be the first meeting between UMHB and Thomas More.

Christopher Newport was in the NCAA Division III National Championships for the seventh time in the 10-year history of the program. The Captains had a five-game winning streak snapped.