Football upended in double overtime

   JEFFERSON CITY, TN -- Carson-Newman knocked off visiting Catawba, ranked #3 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, 40-34 in a double-overtime thriller in South Atlantic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Burke-Tarr Stadium.  The win improves the Eagles to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the SAC, while Catawba falls to 7-1 and 4-1.  The loss snaps the Indians 23-game regular-season win streak and 16-game SAC win streak, dropping Catawba into a three-way tie at the top of the league standings.    Catawba looked to have won the game on numerous occasions, the best on a 29-yard field goal attempt by Matt Gross (Hendersonville, NC) which was blocked at the end of regulation.  Catawba would score on its opening possession of overtime.  Freshman Rodney Wallace (Bamberg, SC) ripped off 19 of his 188 yards on the opening play, then he plunged in from four yards out two plays later for a 34-27.  It took just one play for the Eagles to answer as Randy Bell wove his way through the Tribe defense for a 25-yard score.

    Carson-Newman got a reprieve on its second overtime possession, gaining a first down on a third down holding call inside the Tribe 10.  Shane Kelley capitalized with an 11-yard pass to Octavius Lattimore, but a bad snap on the extra-point left the Eagles with just a 40-34 lead.  Luke Samples (Ellkin, NC) connected with Nick Means (Thomasville, NC) for a 13 yard gain on Catawba's first play, then the duo hooked up again to the Eagle four, setting up a third-and-two.  After losing two yards, Catawba's fourth down pass to Means was incomplete.

           Catawba never trailed until the extra periods, but Carson-Newman appeared to be going in for the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Kelley fumbled at the one.  After holding Catawba, the Eagles fumbled away the Tribe punt at midfield, leading to a Catawba score on a fourth down, seven yard run by Tony Hawkins (Fayetteville, NC).  The score put Catawba on top 27-20 with 8:36 left.  Carson-Newman wasted little time in tying the score.  After losing two yards on first down, Kelley found a wide open Alvin Sanders for 74 yards to the Tribe five.

    Catawba opened the game with a 76 yard drive, capped by Wallace's 34-yard run.  The Eagles would answer right back as Kelley found Sanders from 13 yards out.  The Tribe would get a field goal by Gross and a 24-yard scoring pass from Samples to Preston Lewis (Mt. Airy, NC) to lead 17-7 in the second quarter.  Carson-Newman was able to get a field goal on the final play of the half to close within 17-10 at the break.

    The third quarter belonged to Carson-Newman.  The Eagles went 65 yards with the second half kickoff to tie the game at 17-17.  Catawba did get a 48-yard field goal by Gross on its initial second half possession, but went three and out on its other two.  The Eagles would tie again with a field goal and were driving for the go-ahead score before the Kelley fumble.

    The teams combined for nearly 1,000 yards of total offense with the Eagles running for 319 yards on the nation's #2 run defense.  Bell had 144 yards and two scores, while Antwon Oliver rushed for 107 yards.  Kelley completed 10-of-14 passes for 230 yards and two scores with Sanders grabbing four catches for 132 yards.  Catawba was led by Wallace, who ran for 188 yards and two scores.  Samples was 11-of-21 for 172 yards and a score.  Means had five receptions for 94 yards.  

                               Box Score (Final)
Catawba Indians vs Carson-Newman Eagles (Oct 27, 2001 at Jefferson City, TN)

  Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4 OT OT   Score
  -----------------    -- -- -- -- --   -----
Catawba Indians (7-1, 4-1) ... 10  7  3  7  7  0  - 34
Carson-Newman Eagles (5-3, 4-2) ...  7  3 10  7  7  6  - 40

  Scoring Summary:
  1st quarter
12:30 CAT - Rodney Wallace 34 run (Matt Gross kick)
07:33 C-N - Alvin Sanders 13 pass from Shane Kelley (Robby Milam kick)
00:29 CAT - Gross 28 FG
  2nd quarter
06:12 CAT - Preston Lewis 24 pass from Luke Samples (Gross kick)
00:00 C-N - Milam 41 FG
  3rd quarter
12:06 C-N - Randy Bell 1 run (Milam kick)
09:59 CAT - Gross 48 FG
02:22 C-N - Milam 38 FG
  4th quarter
08:36 CAT - Tony Hawkins 7 run (Gross kick)
06:53 C-N - Reggie Alexis 2 run (Milam kick)
  1st OT  
CAT - Wallace 4 run (Gross kick)
C-N - Bell 25 run (Milam kick)
  2nd OT   
C-N - Octavius Lattimore 11 pass from Kelley (Mike Field pass failed)

............................... CAT     C-N
  FIRST DOWNS...................       21       25
  RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............   54-284   55-319
  PASSING YDS (NET).............      172      230
  Passes Att-Comp-Int...........  21-11-0  14-10-1
  TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS.....   75-456   69-549
  Fumble Returns-Yards..........      0-0      0-0
  Punt Returns-Yards............      0-0      4-9
  Kickoff Returns-Yards.........     4-99    6-116
  Interception Returns-Yards....      1-3      0-0
  Punts (Number-Avg)............   5-38.4   2-38.0
  Fumbles-Lost..................      1-0      3-1
  Penalties-Yards...............    7-109     8-92
  Possession Time...............    25:12    27:55
  Sacks By: Number-Yards........    1--10      1-9

  RUSHING: Catawba - Rodney Wallace 26-188; Tony Hawkins 14-37; Marcus Bland 6-31; Luke Samples 6-20; Anthony Coulson 2-8. Carson-Newman - Randy Bell 21-144; Antwon Oliver 19-107; Shane Kelley 11-50; Alvin Sanders 1-19; Reggie Alexis 2-3; Lydell Blue 1-minus 4.

  PASSING: Catawba - Luke Samples 11-21-0-172. Carson-Newman - Shane Kelley 10-14-1-230.

  RECEIVING: Catawba - Nick Means 5-94; Preston Lewis 2-41; Cedric Squirewell 2-24; O.J. Lennon 1-7; Arnold Gaither 1-6. Carson-Newman - Alvin Sanders 4-132; Oct. Lattimore 3-75; Antwon Oliver 1-13; George Potter 1-8; Mikkal Jenkins 1-2.

  INTERCEPTIONS: Catawba - Jemonte Battle 1-3. Carson-Newman - None.

  FUMBLES: Catawba - Tony Hawkins 1-0. Carson-Newman - Alvin Sanders 1-0; Lydell Blue 1-0; Shane Kelley 1-1.

  SACKS (UA-A): Catawba - Reggie Tucker 1-0. Carson-Newman - Robby Tebow 0-1; Travis Colston 0-1.

  TACKLES (UA-A): Catawba - Shawn Sanders 7-5; Todd McComb 8-2; Khanis Hubbard 2-6; James McDowell 1-7; Jemonte Battle 4-3; Richard Scott 3-4; Shawn McBride 3-3; Darris Morris 3-2; David Huey 1-4; Jamel Jackson 2-1; Reggie Tucker 2-1; Ryan Norman 1-2; Marcus Hicks 1-2; Maurice Simpkins 0-2; Grant Cain 0-2; Maurice Price 1-0; Corey Reese 1-0; Major Wilburn 0-1; Kenny White 0-1; David Hamilton 0-1; Eddie Wall 0-1. Carson-Newman - Jason Colts 3-7; Jason Geter 5-4; Avery Blue 2-7; Travis Colston 0-9; Damarcus Dixson 1-6; Loman Dorsey 5-0; Nathan Buice 4-0; William Moody 3-1; Chris Holt 0-4; Matt Miller 3-0; Reggie Perkins 2-1; Gary Roberts 2-1; Steve Ellick 2-1; Germon Spence 0-3; B. Gillespie 1-1; Robby Tebow 1-1; Bubba White 0-2; Darryl Johnson 0-2; Quincy Brown 0-2; Antwon Oliver 1-0; Tiger Williams 0-1; Leonard Weaver 0-1.

  Stadium: Burke-Tarr            Attendance: 4607
  Kickoff time: 4 p.m.    End of Game: 7:15 pm   Total elapsed time: 3:15

  Officials: Referee: Southerland; Umpire: Pearson; Linesman: Phelps;
  Line judge: Sinquefield; Back judge: Cobb; Field judge: Larrimore;
  Side judge: Potts; Scorer: C-N SID;
  Temperature: 45        Wind: Light     Weather: Cloudy and Cold


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