Campbellsville University defeated Greenville College 21-7 at home Saturday to claim its first National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl championship. It's the first football championship of any kind for the Fighting Tigers since CU claimed a Mid-South Conference title in 1997.
"The senior class has been asking ourselves, 'How are we going to be remembered?' To go out as champions in a hard-fought game like this is an honor, a real honor," said senior linebacker Dwight Houston. "I've been here four years, and there's not been a better feeling. This is it."
Houston and fellow linebackers Nick Reed and Blake Young combined for 27 tackles while helping hold the Panthers to 164 yards of total offense — well below their average of 493 yards per game.
With the score 7-7, Rodrick Dickerson recovered a fumble and returned it 82 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 2:34 to play before halftime, and CU (7-5) added a field goal and two safeties in the second half.
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Morehead State 55, Butler 35: Zach Lewis passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns and Desmond Cox rushed for 218 yards and two touchdowns as the host Eagles (3-8, 2-6 Pioneer Football League) piled up 669 yards of offense in their season finale.
Murray State 35, Southeast Missouri 34: Casey Brockman ran, threw and caught a touchdown and the visiting Racers blocked an extra point in the final minutes to close out the regular season with a 7-4 record (5-3 Ohio Valley).
No. 3 Georgetown 21, No. 15 Benedictine 7: Tigers quarterback Neal Pawsat threw two touchdown passes in a first-round clash otherwise dominated by two of the top five defenses in NAIA.
The Ravens struck first on a 22-yard interception return by Nick Rudolph before Pawsat settled down, leading Georgetown (11-0) to a 14-7 lead before the half. Winston Hines added two interceptions.
NCAA Division III playoffs
Centre 51, Hampden-Sydney 41: In their first post-season appearance since 1921, the host Colonels jumped out to a 20-0 lead and never let the Tigers cut it to less than seven. Senior quarterback Tyler Osterman threw for five touchdowns while running backs Monte Scotton and Jonathan Pinque each broke the 100-yard barrier.
No. 17 Franklin 24, No. 20 Thomas More 21: The visiting Saints' rally fell short, having allowed the Grizzlies to post a 17-0 halftime lead. Kendall Owens returned a punt 84 yards and Domonique Hayden (Lexington Christian) scored on a 2-yard run to cut the score to 17-14 before the teams traded TDs and Franklin then ran out the clock.