CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. - Turnovers proved to be Union's downfall Thursday as the Bulldogs suffered a 30-14 season-opening defeat to host Campbellsville (Ky.).
Union (0-1 overall) committed six turnovers. On the positive side, the miscues only resulted in nine Campbellsville (1-0 overall) points. Yet, two potential Bulldog scoring drives were halted by interceptions in the end zone.
Last season, Union opened the year with a 47-36 loss to Campbellsville as it committed six turnovers in that contest.
The Brown brothers turned in a stellar performance, though. Rob Brown (Daytona, Fla.) rushed for a career-high 121 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and added one catch for 19 yards and returned one kick for 29 yards. By breaking the century mark, Brown became the 11th member of the 1,000-yard club as he now has 1,068 career rushing yards.
His twin, Bert Brown (Daytona, Fla.), recorded two solo tackles but intercepted a pass and returned a fumble 31 yards for a touchdown. He also returned two kicks for 56 yards.
Union returns to action Sept. 10 when it plays host to Kentucky Christian at 12 p.m.
The Bulldogs struggled to get any offense going early on as the Tigers held the ball for over 10 minutes in the first quarter as it built a 10-0 lead.
The tide appeared to be turning in the second when Rob Brown capped an 11-play, 87-yard drive with a 32-yard scamper to pull Union within 10-7 with 11:43 to go in the half. A few minutes later, Bert Brown scooped up a Joe Blackstone fumble and sprinted 31 yards for the end zone in lifting the Bulldogs to a 14-10 advantage with 8:25 left.
Late in the second, Campbellsville was aided by a bad snap on a punt attempt. Chad Boyington (Stockbridge, Ga.) was able to corral the ball and quickly punted the ball, but it went for a minus-6 yards to give the Tigers the ball on the Union 42. Campbellsville scored the very next play as Nathan Cooper hit Dem Gibson to make it 17-14 with 2:22 remaining.
The Tigers struck again right before the half, scoring on a 22-yard pass play to Diaz Bolden with :00.9 left on the clock to take a 24-14 halftime lead.
In the second half, Campbellsville forced four turnovers but managed to score just six points on 23- and 19-yard field goals by David Hon to make the final 30-14.
Union had a hard time getting its passing game going, especially after Mike Brinkley (Anthony, Fla.) left the game with an injury late in the second quarter. Brinkley finished 1-for-6 for 52 yards, while Colton Phelps (Austin, Ky.) went 5-for-12 for 58 yards and Ryan Moses (Williamsburg, Ky.) went 3-for-7 for 51 yards.
The Bulldogs tallied 346 yards in total offense with 185 coming on the ground.
Campbellsville racked up 422 yards overall with Cooper completing 20-of-30 passes for 251 yards and a two scores. Wayne Coffee rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown on 20 tries.