Tigers struggle against No. 9 University of the Cumberlands in 47-10 loss

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Facing a tough test in the No. 9 team in the NAIA Coaches' Poll, the Campbellsville University football team struggled to get anything going Saturday night on the road on their way to a 47-10 loss to University of the Cumberlands.

The Patriots were dominant offensively, gaining a total of 559 yards of total offense in the game on 342 passing yards and 217 rushing yards. The Tigers held advantages in certain statistical categories like penalty yardage (59-100) and time of possession (32:40-27:14) with the game having an even turnover margin for the second time this season for CU.

UC quarterback Josiah Robbins had a field day, throwing for 332 of the 342 passing yards with four passing touchdowns. Robbins favorite target was receiver Darius Young who had 190 of those yards and caught three of Robbins' four touchdown passes.

Campbellsville's offense had another rough night with 304 yards of total offense but they did break 100 yards rushing for the first time in four games after struggling on the ground in their last three.

The Tigers' lone touchdown came on a 35-yard rush from Blake Baker for the second touchdown of the freshman receiver's career at CU. Six different CU runners contributed to the 125 rushing yards as Baker (40), Ormani Zanders (35), Dakari Highsmith (20), quarterback Talaileva Sufia (16), Saul Brady (12), and Kendon Young (7) all finished in the positive for the game.

The first half was not as much of a blowout as the final score would indicate as one sequence spelled doom for the Tigers from that point on.

With Cumberlands holding a 13-3 lead, CU's Grover Russell sacked Robbins and stripped him of the football with Chrishun Young recovering on the Patriots' three-yard line giving the Tigers a first-and-goal situation.

After a Zanders run put the ball on the one, Sufia's first QB sneak attempt came up short then he fumbled on his second sneak attempt with UC returning the fumble to about midfield. Two plays after that, Robbins hit Brandon Stuckey on a 52-yard touchdown pass for the 14-point swing to take a potential 13-10 Patriot lead to a 20-3 lead for Cumberlands.

The other three points for the Tigers came from a 27-yard field goal from junior Noah Bicksler, who is three for his last three kicking field goals after being a perfect 2-for-2 last week on Homecoming.

Campbellsville will take this loss into their week off before getting ready for Senior Day on Nov. 9 for their final home game of the season against Cumberland University for their second-to-last gameday of the 2019 season.