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Who needs a two-minute offense when you have a 40-second offense? Campbellsville University and the University of Virginia College at Wise combined for 17 points in the final 1:40 of the game Saturday and nearly made it 20, but UVA-Wise missed a field goal as time expired to give Campbellsville a 45-42 Mid-South Conference East Division win on the road.
With snow piled in the end zones of Carl Smith Stadium and temperatures below freezing Saturday, it didn’t keep both teams’ offenses from heating up in the final two minutes of what had been a tale of two halves game.
Campbellsville opened the game, hoping to establish its running game and did just that as the Tigers collected 348 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. Three of the scores came from Mark Terry for a 35-14 half-time lead.
But just like in 2009, Wise was not going to slip away. Last year, the Cavaliers hung 18 on the Tigers in the third quarter to win 32-31 at Finley Stadium.
This year, Wise scored 21 straight points in the third quarter to tie the game.
After a fourth quarter of stalled drives, Wayne Coffee helped spark the Tiger offense late. Coffee, who rushed for 124 yards, ran for a combined 52 yards on four plays to move the Tigers into UVA-Wise territory. Gerwan Brewer, who had 241 all-purpose yards, set up a 22-yard field goal for David Hon to put Campbellsville up 38-35 with 1:40 to play.
But before you could say “redemption,” Wise was back in the Tiger end zone on a 48-yard pass play.
Calvin Bini took the kick-off from Wise and returned it 31 yards to Campbellsville’s 41. After Hill was sacked for a loss, he found Brewer on a 68-yard game-winning TD catch.
With a game remaining Saturday at West Virginia Tech, CU (6-4) hopes to gain a shot to play at North Greenville (S.C.) University in the NCCAA Victory Bowl on Nov. 20.
The Tigers are third in the Victory Bowl standings behind Greenville (Ill.) College, which finished its season at 7-3 and is hoping for an at-large bid in Pool B of the NCAA Division 3 playoffs Sunday.