JEFFERSON CITY — Carson-Newman’s defense stopped Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell 30 yards shy of breaking the NCAA Division II all-time career passing record Saturday.
That was probably closer than the Pioneers got to any hope for victory at Burke-Tarr Stadium.
The Eagles churned out 557 yards rushing as they virtually monopolized the clock in a 45-17 South Atlantic Conference triumph over Tusculum.
The game was Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks’ 400th career game. The victory gave him 314 career wins, placing him in a seventh-place tie for all-time collegiate victories with Chicago’s Amos Alonzo Stagg and Eastern Kentucky’s Roy Kidd.
Carson-Newman’s offense possessed the football for 35 minutes, 48 seconds — over 10 minutes more than the Pioneers.
Cordell, who passed for 360 yards and two touchdown, will continue gunning for the record next week against Wingate.
The Pioneers signal caller was sacked twice and picked off once by the Eagles defense, which was led by former J.I. Burton standout Jaycob Coleman.
Coleman had 17 tackles on the day. Teammate Dante Thomas collected C-N’s lone interception.
Quarterback De’Andre Thomas rushed for 182 yards, including scoring runs of 32 and 15 yards for Carson-Newman (6-1, 3-1). He passed for 71 yards, spraying the ball a conservative 5-for-11 attempts at four different receivers.
Brandon Baker rushed for 141 yards for the Eagles, including scoring runs of 3 and 69 yards. Andy Hibbitt rushed for 75 yards, including TD runs of 10 and 52 yards.
Justin Houston led the receiving corps for Tusculum (3-4,1-3) hauling in 10 receptions for 162 yards. Logan Cornelius had a 27-yard TD catch for the Pioneers. Wesley Powell had a 12-yard scoring reception.
Tusculum got a 27-yard field goal from Logan Cornelius and Curt Duncan added a 17-yard field goal for Carson-Newman.
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