ROME, Ga. — Anthony Eubanks had a program-rare eight catches for 95 yards as Carson-Newman nipped a Shorter University comeback attempt in the bud in a 45-28 non-conference road win Saturday.
Eubanks was the first Eagles receiver to haul in eight catches in a single game since 1972.
Quarterback De’Andre Thomas paced Carson-Newman (5-1) hitting 12 of 19 passing attempts for 140 yards. He rushed for 97 yards on 22 carries, including scoring runs of 18 and 9 yards.
Brandon Baker led Eagles rushers with 145 yards on 16 jaunts. He scored on a 2-yard run early in the eventful fourth quarter, which saw a flurry of 45 points scored between the two teams. Baker added a 63-yard scoring run that frame, buying the Eagles some much-needed breathing room.
Curt Duncan initiated scoring for C-N with a 41-yard field goal in the first quarter. Duncan went 6-for-6 on point after touchdown kicks.
Andy Hibbett, who rushed for 56 yards, added a 2-yard TD plunge in the second quarter.
Eric Freeman’s 1-yard TD crash with 4:35 remaining in the game capped scoring for Carson-Newman.
Quarterback Eric Dodson paced the Hawks (0-6), rushing for 137 yards and passing for 109. Jones scored on touchdown runs of 73 and 54 yards. He also mailed a 40-yard scoring strike to Roderick Jones.
Jones brought the Hawks to within a field goal of Carson-Newman, exploding for an 83-yard scoring run. It was the longest Carson-Newman had allowed since 1995.
Shorter’s elation was short-lived: Baker made his biggest run of the day half a minute later.