GEORGETOWN, Ky. - Union College erased decades of misery Saturday as the Bulldogs upset host and No. 17 Georgetown (Ky.) College 28-21 in Mid-South Conference East play, snapping a 23-game losing streak to the Tigers.
The win is the first for Union over Georgetown since 1938. Union and Georgetown tied 6-6 in 1939, but the Tigers defeated the Bulldogs in 1940 and 1941. Union didn't sponsor football from 1942-83, and when the series resumed in 1986, Georgetown had won 21 years in a row.
That was until Saturday.
Union ends the season at 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the MSC East while Georgetown finishes the regular season at 6-4 and a 3-2 MSC East record.
Also, the Union win dashed any hopes of Georgetown making the playoffs and snapped its streak of winning and/or sharing the conference championship at 11 years. The last time the Tigers didn't win the conference title came in 1995 when Lambuth (Tenn.) University captured the crown.
A trio of seniors went of with a bang.
First, senior linebacker Patrick O'Neal (Lula, Ga.) tied the school record for tackles in a game with 20. He began the season with a 20-tackle performance and ended it with another. With the 20 stops, he also shattered the single-season record as he finished wtih 143 tackles, surpassing John Luttrell's mark of 135 set in 1985. O'Neal came up just short of besting Luttrell's career mark of 392 tackles as he ends his career with 390.
O'Neal also had two tackles for a loss of 18.5 yards as well as one sack for nine yards.
Secondly, Shawn Kelly (Cold Springs, Ky.) hauled in nine receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown as he set the single-season records for most receptions and receiving yards with 69 catches and 899 yards. He is just the third player in program history to amass 800 receiving yards in a season. He finishes his career as the second all-time leading receiver with 136 catches, 1,641 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Lastly, Joey Waters (McDonough, Ga.) put a capper on his illustrious career by completing 22-of-38 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns. He ended his record-breaking seasong with 3,216 yards and 27 touchdowns. Waters also leaves as the program's all-time leading passer with 7,880 yards and 66 touchdowns in his career.
The 300-yard performance was Water's sixth of the season and fifth in a row.
Up 14-7 at the half, Stephen Cutler (Orange Park, Fla.) blocked a punt to put Union on the Tiger 22. On the very next player, Waters hit Kelly for a touchdown to stretch Union's lead to 21-7 with 10:28 to go in the third.
Georgetown fought back and cut the score to 21-14 when Andy Ahrens hit Brian Piper for a 27-yard scoring strike with 7:26 remaining in the third.
With 1:38 left in the third, Waters connected with Kyle Callahan (Covington, Ky.) for a 24-yard scoring player to make it 28-14.
The Tigers added another score in the fourth, but it was too little, too late as Union held on for the 28-21 victory.
Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) ran for 83 yards on 11 carries before leaving the game with a shoulder injury. He ended the season with 717 yards on the season - the seventh-most in program history. He has 1,372 career rushing yards.
Callahan hauled in eight passes for 129 yards and two scores as he became the third player in program history to amass 60 receptions in a season. He finished with 60 catches, 816 yards and eight scores. Callahan is the fourth player to rack up over 800 receiving yards in a season.
Defensively, Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.) and Terry Young (Orange Park, Fla.) recorded 11 and 10 tackles, defensively.
Union outgained Georgetown 450-308 in total offense. The Bulldogs held the Tigers to just 46 yards rushing while racking up 149.