ATHENS, W. Va. – Redshirt freshman quarterback Brian Novak threw for a career-high three touchdowns and senior safety Josh Clark intercepted a pair of passes as Concord University cruised to a 44-6 victory over Virginia-Wise Saturday afternoon at Callaghan Stadium.
The Mountain Lions (7-2, 6-1) led just 3-0 at the end of the first quarter before outscoring the Highland Cavaliers by a combined score of 41-0 over the second and third quarters. Sophomore kicker Andy Ellington's first quarter field goal started a CU run that saw Concord score on seven of their next eight possessions.
For the game, Concord held advantages over Virginia-Wise in total offense (410-206), first downs (18-14), passing yards (271-164) and rushing yards (139-42).
The victory marked the sixth time this season that Concord has held an opponent to under 230 yards of total offense. For the year, Concord's nationally-ranked defense is holding opponents to just 11.6 points per game.
Linebacker Jake Lilly led all players with 12 tackles. In addition to making three tackles, junior defensive lineman Keith Ferguson also blocked a Cavs field goal attempt in the first quarter.
Virginia-Wise (1-8, 1-6) was led by senior wide receiver James Long, who caught nine passes for 78 yards.