GEORGETOWN, Ky. - After leading 19-7 at the half, Georgetown College’s football had to weather several storms to get back on the winning track. The No. 12 Tigers (3-2) only had the ball for just shy of nine minutes in the second half, but came out victorious 19-14 on Homecoming.
Campbellsville University (3-3) came in on a three-game winning streak and looking to beat rival Georgetown for the first time since 2009. GC was coming off its second loss of the season and first to a Mid-South Conference foe in two years. It was also the first home game since kicking off at Toyota Stadium on Sept. 5.
“It’s always good to be home and always good to get a win,” said GC coach Bill Cronin. “It was a good ball game. I give a lot of credit to Campbellsville. They came in and gave us a scare.”
CU possessed the ball for nearly 21 of the 30 minutes of the second half. However, threw an interception in the endzone, had a score called back for holding, pushed a field goal wide right and punted. Campbellsville had only one drive in 20:48 that resulted in the only score of the second half.
“Our defensive line really came to life,” Cronin said. “Nick Seither and Brock Messina started to get some really good hits and force Tahj to pull the ball down.”
Messina continued his sack string, tallying one on the final CU drive. Campbellsville had a seven minute drive going that at one point looked like they scored the go-ahead touchdown. The play was wiped out and then Messina came through for a sack to ignite the home crowd.
“We challenged them at halftime,” Cronin said. “I didn’t feel we were playing physical football. We were trying to be tactical and run schemes rather than just being physical. I wanted to see them be more aggressive and they responded.”
The game started on a wild set of series. GC’s first play from scrimmage resulted in a catch and fumble that CU took deep into Georgetown territory. Campbellsville returned the favor by throwing a pick. Georgetown used that to go 89 yards on 11 plays capped off by a Neal Pawsat pass to Logan Crockett. The birthday boy made the one handed snag as his back was almost parallel to the ground and came up with the six points. Georgetown missed the extra point.
It was almost the same pair just before the first quarter expired. Pawsat hit Crockett in stride but Davian Evans-Dufrene tackled him at the half-yard line. Georgetown did a quarterback sneak and the Tigers were up 12-0 after a missed two-point conversion.
Campbellsville put together its first solid drive and trimmed the lead to five early in the second quarter.
As the first half was coming to a close, Georgetown mounted the winning drive. The Tigers went 55 yards in eight plays that was capped off by Zach Sowder three-yard run. Josh Depp hit the extra point and Georgetown led 19-7 at the break.
GC was held to just 277 yards, the first time in the 200s since 2011’s semifinal game against Carroll College in Montana. Pawsat threw for 217 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for one.
CU’s Milliken threw for 137 yards and a touchdown.
Rushing was not a factor on either side. Georgetown gained 18 yards and Campbellsville 19.
The Tigers return to action back on the road 1:30 pm Saturday at No. 2 University of the Cumberlands.