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With a 56-35 win at West Virginia University Tech on Saturday, Campbellsville University clinched its first trip to a postseason game since 2001.
The Fighting Tigers will conclude their “Over the Top” campaign Nov. 20 in the National Christian College Athletic Association Victory Bowl - the association’s national championship for football.
“I think it’s huge for our program and at the level we’re at right now. Certainly our goal is to get to the NAIA postseason and win that national title, but along that road you’ve got to take steps and this is one of those steps,” CU head coach Perry Thomas said.
Campbellsville carried itself to victory with 334 yards on the ground, led by first-year Tiger Mark Terry. Born in West Virginia, Terry entered the game with a mission of collecting 200 yards in front of his family, which was there to watch. He finished the day with the second-most carries (34) in Tiger history, 218 yards and three touchdowns.
“I set a goal for 200 today. I knew I needed at least 200 for 1,000 and we needed 200 for 2,000 as a team,” said Terry, originally from Greenbrier, West Va. “I had to come back home and told my family I was going to put on for them. I had to put on a show for them.”
“Mark ran the ball really hard today. He ran behind his pads really well, so they were kind of timid to come out and hit him. I thought the key was the offensive line. Any time those backs don’t have to make somebody miss they can just go right at them (and that) is key,” Thomas said.
Campbellsville will depart Thursday for Tigerville, S.C., where it will participate in service projects in the area Friday and will meet former MSC opponent North Greenville in the Victory Bowl at 1 p.m.
“I’m real proud of the guys and really proud of the crowd we had today. I thought it was a huge crowd for the distance. We certainly need a huge crowd to go next week. We’re going to play a Division 2 team at their home field and certainly they’re going to be larger than us,” Thomas said.
“We’re going to need all of the support we can get to come with us and get behind these guys and see if we can’t win a national title.”
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Tickets for the game are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6-12 years of age.
Live video of the game will be streamed by NGU. CU will broadcast the game via radio on K-Country 105.7 FM in Central Kentucky and online at KCountry1057.com.