Football Uses Big Second Half to Knock Off VMI


LEXINGTON, Va. -- Catawba overcame a 10-0 halftime deficit to knock of NCAA I VMI 27-20 in football action on Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium. The Catawba Indians move to 2-0 on the season with their first win over a Division I scholarship school defeating Charleston Southern 38-13 in 1997. The Keydets fall to 0-2.

Patrick O’Brien threw for 236 of his 261 yards after the first half and Sam Mobley caught five of his eight passes after the break for 165 yards. His 211 yards receiving was the second most in a single game in school history. Brandon Bunn set the record with 247 yards receiving at Wingate in 2010.

The Indians started the winning drive at its own 35 with 3:21 remaining. O’Brien connected with Keon West for 26 yards to the VMI 41 to get the drive started. On third down from the VMI 25, O’Brien tossed the go-ahead score to West with 42 ticks on the clock. Jeremy Addison sealed the win with an interception in the dying seconds.

VMI used a 56-yard run by Daz Palmer on its first possession to grab a 7-0 lead. The run capped an 82-yard drive. Grant Clemons added a 39-yard field goal early in the second quarter for a 10-0 edge, but missed on 40-yarder on the final play of the first half that left the lead at 10 points.

The Keydets were driving for another score on their first possession of the third quarter, but a fourth-down stand inside its own 10 sparked the Indians. Michael Peppers stuffed Palmer for no gain on a fourth-and-one at the Indian nine and the offense responded with a 91-yard drive to put Catawba’s first points on the board.

Mobley caught two passes from O’Brien for 36 and 42 yards to help move the ball to the Keydet one. Eamon Smart carried over from a yard out. After the defense forced a pair of three-and-outs, the Indians took the lead.

A 62-yard drive, mostly on the ground, gave the Indians the edge when Kenyatta Greene burst in from 26 yards out with 13:26 remaining. VMI tied the game at 13-all as Diaz had an 11-yard run and a 39-yard catch to set up another 39-yard field goal from Clemons.

Mobley and O’Brien quickly put the Indians back on top. On the first play of the ensuing drive, O’Brien found Mobley on a play that covered 66 yards to the VMI 15. Three plays later the duo hooked up for a 13-yard score and a 20-13 lead at the 10:08 mark.

VMI answered the score in a drive that went 81 yards in a span of 1:25. Rohan Martin had a 26-yard run and Alex Ramsey caught a 30-yard pass from Austin Coulling. Quan Myers ran in from 26-yards out to tie the score with 7:32 left.

Catawba totaled 415 yards of offense. O’Brien went 12-of-19 through the air for 261 yards and two touchdowns. West followed Mobley’s big day with four receptions for 62 yards and a score. Smart ran for 70- yards on 24 carries.

Palmer led the Keydets with 126 yards rushing, with 73 coming on the initial VMI drive. Coulling completed 15-of-34 passes for 199 yards. Palmer was also the top receiver for the Keydets with 82 yards on four catches.

Kyle Kitchens had seven stops for the Catawba defense which included a sack, his fourth of the season. He also forced a fumble and broke up two passes. Peppers and Trey Evans were also credited with seven tackles.

Catawba is on the road again next weekend as the Indians travel to face UNC Pembroke for a 7 pm kickoff on Saturday.

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«February 2018»
February 1

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 5-8

February 2

Baseball @ Palm Beach Atlantic 0-11

February 3

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 1 (Cougar Point GC)

Track/Field @ Maillet UNC Open

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 0-6

Baseball @ Lynn 11-12

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 69-75

Softball vs. AUGUSTA 4-3

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 77-65

February 4

Golf (W) @ Barton Invite at Kiawah - Day 2 (Cougar Point GC) 12th of 16

Baseball @ Nova Southeastern 6-25

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  1 p.m.

Softball @ Mount Olive, ppd.  3 p.m.

February 6

Baseball @ Belmont Abbey 5-6

February 7

Basketball (W) vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 56-61

Basketball (M) vs.LENOIR-RHYNE 84-77

February 9

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 6-4

Softball @ UNC Pembroke 0-8

Baseball vs,. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 7-9

Lacrosse (M) @ Belmont Abbey 10-18

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 3-12

February 10

Baseball vs. PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 6-5

Lacrosse (W) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 6-24

Basketball (M) @ Bluefield St. 76-55

February 12

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 1 (Fleming Isl. GC)

February 13

Golf (M) @ Spring Invite Intercollegiate - Day 2 (Fleming Isl. GC) 14th of 17

February 14

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 1)

Baseball vs. BELMONT ABBEY 5-7

Basketball (W) @ Coker 63-60

Basketball (M) @ Coker 79-77

February 15

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 2)

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-4

Softball @ Belmont Abbey 3-2

Lacrosse (W) vs. CONVERSE 16-6

February 16

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 3)

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-2

February 17

Swimming @ Bluegrass Mountain Championships (Day 4) W-5th;M-7th

Softball vs SHIPPENSBURG 3-4

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 11-3

Softball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 8-4

Lacrosse (M) @ Mount Olive 3-15

Basketball (W) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 49-80

Basketball (M) vs. CARSON-NEWMAN 89-104

February 18

Softball vs BARTON 11-3

Baseball vs. SHIPPENSBURG 4-6

Lacrosse (W) @ UVA-Wise 12-13

Softball vs BARTON 11-0

Tennis (W) @ Elon 0-7

February 19

Track/Field @ SAC Indoor Championships W-10th,M-10th

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 1 (Carolina CC) 

February 20

Golf (W) @ Converse Invite - Day 2 (Carolina CC) 4th of 9

Baseball @ Mount Olive 9-4

Lacrosse (W) vs. MOUNT OLIVE 11-10

February 21

Tennis (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 6-3

Basketball (W) @ Newberry 39-59

Basketball (M) @ Newberry 84-92

February 23

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 1)

Tennis (W) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Tennis (M) @ Mount Olive 2 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. CHOWAN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 6 p.m.

Lacrosse (W) vs. ROLLINS 7 p.m.

February 24

Swimming @ Royal Open (Day 2)

Baseball vs. COKER 1 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 1 p.m.

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Softball vs USC AIKEN 3 p.m.

Baseball vs. COKER 4 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4 p.m.

February 25

Softball vs YOUNG HARRIS 1 p.m.

Lacrosse (M) vs. FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1 p.m.

Softball vs. YOUNG HARRIS 3 p.m.

February 28

Basketball (M) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Basketball (W) in SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Lacrosse (W) @ Belmont Abbey 3 p.m.

Baseball @ UNC Pembroke 3 p.m.

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