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Two fumbles and 10 points in the final minute of play sealed a Campbellsville University comeback against the Kentucky Christian University Knights 24-21 on Saturday afternoon at Huntington (West Va.) High School.
The win pulled the Tigers even in Mid-South Conference East Division play at 2-2 and snapped a four-game losing streak.
Senior placekicker David Hon won the game for the Tigers with a 32-yard field goal as time expired. The winning drive was set up after William Harris recovered a fumble, forced by a Derek Mincy sack, on the Knights’ 17 yard line.
It was the Tigers’ third fumble recovery of the day and second straight. Two plays earlier, Blake Young came up with a fumble recovery on the KCU 8, setting up an 8-yard touchdown run for Wayne Coffee and game-tying point after kick by Hon.
Campbellsville had to rally back from a once 21-7 deficit in the first half.
The Tigers’ lone score in the first half was set up when Nathan Cooper fired a 21-yard first-down pass to Adam Robertson to push CU into KCU territory for the first time. After Gerwan Brewer punched the ball down to the Knight 25, Cooper found Stan Warrenhuffman for a record-breaking touchdown catch of 12 yards. Hon’s PAT cut the Knight’s lead in half, 14-7 early in the second quarter. The catch was Warrenhuffman’s 19th career receiving touchdown — a CU best.
With a little over two minutes to play, Campbellsville took advantage of a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against the Knights to move CU into the KCU red zone. Ritter, who picked off Cooper three times in the game, knocked down a fourth-down pass though with a minute to play. That turnover on downs, set up the final minute of the Tigers’ miraculous comeback.
CU returns home Saturday (1:30) for its final MSC East division game of the season vs. Virginia-Wise. The Tigers conclude regular-season play at home vs. West Virginia Tech on Nov. 12.
Fighting Tiger tidbits
* Stan Warrenhuffman broke CU career touchdown receptions record with his 19th career touchdown, passing Shane Riley (18). Warrenhuffman also broke the record for most career receiving yards. He now has has 2,284 yards. CU wide receivers coach Rick Gehres previously held the record with 2,203.
* Nathan Cooper broke the CU record for career passing yards (3,375), passing JC Savasuk (3,332).
* David Hon is second on the Tigers’ career field goals made list (29) behind Donnie Johnson (38).
* Dwight Houston moved into third-place on the Tigers’ career sacks list (17.0). Demetrius Forney leads the list with 27 sacks. Chris Gust holds the most career sacks by a linebacker with 18.5. Houston became only the second Tiger to record 100 yards from tackles for loss in a single season. Demetrius Forney holds the record with 156 yards for loss.