GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Georgetown (Ky.) College held off a late charge by visiting No. 10 Union College to pull out the 21-15 Mid-South Conference East victory Thursday.
Union dropped to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in MSC East play, while Georgetown is 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Georgetown appeared to have things under wraps until Jordan Gilliam (Somerset, Ky.) blocked a punt deep in Tiger terrority. The ball rolled out of bounds for a safety to make it 21-15 with 6:18 to play.
The Bulldogs stalled on their next possession and were forced to punt, giving the Tigers the ball own their own 18. Georgetown struggled to move the ball and faced a fourth and inches at its own 27-yard line. Instead of punting, the Tigers went for it, but Michael Gold (Baltimore, Ohio) and Josh Presley (Sweetwater, Tenn.) hit quarterback Mike Lewis behind the line for a one-yard loss to give Union the ball on the Tiger 26 with 1:48 to play.
A 12-yard pass to Ben Kelly (Cold Spring, Ky.) put the Bulldogs on the 14 for a first down. Mike Brinkley (Anthony, Fla.) spiked the ball on first down to stop the clock. He then hit P.J. Burrowes (Middlesboro, Ky.) in the end zone, but Patrick VanSant hammered Burrowes as soon as the ball arrived to prevent the score. Following another incompletion on third down, Brinkley's pass was high and a little out of reach of Demetrius Hicks (Frankfort, Ky.) in the end zone on fourth down, turning the ball over to the Tigers with 1:16 remaining.
Georgetown downed the ball three times to wrap up the 21-15 victory.
The Tigers edged the Bulldogs in total offense 286-269, but Georgetown dominanted the clock with 38 minutes and 30 seconds in time of possession.
Georgetown was able to eat up the clock with a solid running game as it racked up 242 yards on 63 carries. Ted Sberna led the way with 74 yards on 13 rushes, while Bennett Gatto added 69 yards and a score on 19 tries. Dustin May added 32 yards and two touchdowns.
Union's ground attack was very limited as it gained only 53 yards on 20 carries. Brinkley completed 19-of-36 passes for 216 yards and two scores. Demetrius Davis (Marietta, Ga.) hauled in a season-high six catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Rolando Dyer (Lawrenceburg, Ga.) had six catches for 65 yards and a score.
Georgetown took advantage of Bulldog fumble, taking over on the Union 35 early in the first quarter. The Tigers used eight plays to pound into the end zone. Gatto plowed his way in from four yards out, giving the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 8:50 to play.
Early in the second quarter, Union took advantage of a Georgetown turnover. Brad Fulton (Maryville, Tenn.) picked off a Lewis pass, giving Union the ball on its own 49. A couple plays later, Brinkley heaved the ball into the end zone for a 39-yard scoring play to Davis to tie the game at 7-7 with 13:08 remaining in the half.
Just before the half, Union forced Georgetown to turn the ball over on downs at the Bulldog 41 with 40 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs moved the ball down to the Tiger 30 with 17 seconds left when Brinkley hit Dyer for a 30-yard strike. Dyer pulled the ball in near the sideline just inside the Tiger 10 and then made a dash for the goal line.
The PAT was no good, leaving the score at 13-7 with 10 seconds to go.
May scored the first of his two touchdowns on a two-yard plunge with 3:54 to go in the third, giving the Tigers a 14-13 edge.
Union appeared to be on its way to take the lead as Chad Boyington (Stockbridge, Ga.) lined up for a 35-yard field goal. But Nick Schickel blocked the kick, and the Tigers returned the ball to the Union 41. Ten plays later, May punched the ball in on a one-yard run to up the margin to 21-13 with 10:42 to go in the game.
The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 21-15 thanks to a safety after Gilliam blocked a punt. However, Union was never able to reclaim the lead.
Union returns to action Oct. 3 against West Virginia Tech. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m.