WISE, Va. - Freshman place-kicker Jacob Appleby's 21-yard field with 12 seconds remaining gave visiting and No. 21 Union College a 37-34 Mid-South Conference East victory over No. 10 UVa-Wise Saturday.
The win improved the Bulldogs to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the MSC East, while UVa-Wise dropped to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.
The Harvest, Ala. native had a big day, going 3-for-3 on field goals and 4-for-4 on PATs. This marks the third game this season Appleby has made multiple field goals in a game and the second time he has made three in a game.
Applepby has made nine field goals on the season, two shy of the school record held by Jeremy Macejewski. The 5-foot-10 Appleby tied Macejewski's record for PATs made in a season as he now has 38 on the year.
Quarterback Mike Brinkley (Anthony, Fla.) recorded his first 300-yard game as he completed 17-of-26 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns. With his four scoring passes, he has tied Joey Waters' single-season mark of 27.
In all, Union outgained UVa-Wise 506-470. Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) recorded the 10th 100-yard game of his career as he galloped 169 yards on 22 carries. He is two yards shy of becoming the third player in program history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. To date, he has 998 yards and nine rushing touchdowns on 172 carries for a 5.8 yards-per-rush average.
Cavalier quarterback Randy Hippeard passed for 469 yards and three scores on 26-of-44 passing. However, UVa-Wise netted just one yard rushing.
Midway through the second, Union trailed 27-10 following a Aric Evans 47-yard touchdown reception with 6:01 on the clock. The Bulldogs, though, scored twice on drives of 74 and 76 yards. Brinkley threw a pair of scoring passes, a 13-yarder to Kyle Callahan (Covington, Ky.) and a 64-yard strike to Rolando Dyer (Lawrenceburg, Ga.) to make it 27-24 at the half.
Appleby booted a 49-yard field goal with 2:28 to go in the third to tie the game at 27-27. The long-distance field goal set a school record for the longest field goal in school history.
With 7:07 to go in the game, Brinkley hooked up with Chris Thomas (Hopkinsville, Ky.) for a 62-yard scoring play to put the Bulldogs up 34-27.
UVa-Wise answered with a seven-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game at 34-34 with 3:40 remaining. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor scored on a 2-yard plunge.
On the ensuing possession, a 32-yard run by Pollock, a Ben Kelly (Cold Springs, Ky.) 13-yard scamper and a 30-yard pass to Dyer put the ball on the Cavalier 2. After three plays, Appleby booted the game-winning field goal.
Both teams struggled on third and fourth downs. Each went 3-of-10 on third down, while Union failed on its only fourth-down attempt. Meanwhile, UVa-Wise came up short four times on fourth down.
The Cavaliers raced out the gate for a 14-0 advantage. Brad Ricker hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass and Abdul-Saboor scored on a 1-yard run to put UVa-Wise up two scores with 6:18 left in the first.
Union then got its offense in gear as Demetrius Hicks (Frankfort, Ky.) hauled in a 40-yard strike from Brinkley to cut the margin to 14-7 with 4:34 on the clock.
Evans scored his first touchdown of the day on a 32-yard pass play with 55 seconds to go in the first. Lance Ayers missed the PAT, leaving it 20-7.
With 8:54 to go in the half, Appleby hit his first field goal of the day as he connected from 27 yards. However, Evans hauled in his second touchdown pass of the day on 43-yard play to put UVa-Wise up 27-10 with 6:01 to go in the second.
The Bulldogs reeled off the next 24 points en route to the 37-34 upset victory.
Dyer, P.J. Burrowes (Middlesboro, Ky.), Thomas and Callahan all had three receptions with Dyer racking up 97 yards and Burrowes 83.
Defensively, Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.) led the way with nine total stops with one sack, 2.5 tackles for a loss of nine yards and one pass breakup. Willie Williams (Miami, Fla.) had eight total tackles with one sack and 1.5 tackles for a loss
For UVa-Wise, Matt Barbour caught 13 passes for 177 yards with Abdul-Saboor pulled down seven passes for 154 yards.
James Haley led the Cavalier defense with 10 total stops and one fumble recovery.