Union stands tall as Union collects 21-20 victory

VALLEY, Ala. – A tremendous defensive effort resulted in a 21-20 Mid-South Conference (MSC) Appalachian Division victory for Union College, as it held off host Point University (Ga.) on Saturday.

With the victory, Union improves to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in MSC Appalachian play. Point falls to 2-8 overall and 1-4 in division action.

The Skyhawks outgained the Bulldogs 299-178 in total offense. In addition, Union was held to 32 yards rushing on 34 carries. Yet, the Bulldogs got the job done with an opportunistic offense and a resilient defense.

Union picked off three passes on the day. Seth Nichols collected the final Bulldog interception, giving him five for the season and 10 for his career. He is the sixth player in program history to have five interceptions in a season and the fifth to amass 10 or more in a career.

Point drove deep into Union territory on a number of occasions, but the Bulldog defense held strong. Early in the second quarter, Alvin Brown picked off a pass in the end zone to squash one Skyhawk drive.

At the end of the half, Terran Cox picked off a pass at the Union 2 as Point was attempting a Hail Mary before the break. Yet, the teams went in the locker room tied at 14-all.

Nichols’ interception came early in the fourth, snagging the ball at the Union 10 and returning it to the 50.

Late in the fourth with Union up 21-14, Point had the ball fourth-and-1 at the Bulldog 8. The Skyhawks went for it, but C.J. Fuller stopped Tyrique Robinson for no gain.