BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Rob Brownand Marcus McGinnisposted career days for the Bulldogs, but it wasn't enough as Union suffered a 20-6, homecoming loss to visiting Lindsey Wilson Saturday.
Brown (Daytona, Fla.) reeled off a career-high 140 yards rushing on 23 carries. Meanwhile, McGinnis (Louisville, Ky.) created havoc defensively as he recorded eight total tackles with 5.5 going a loss of 13 yards, one sack, three quarterback hurries and one pass break up.
The 5.5 tackles of a loss ties McGinnis for the school record for most in a game. Brandon Webb first set the mark on Oct. 28, 2006, against Georgetown (Ky.).
However, Union's inability to find the end zone combined with Lindsey Wilson's good fortune on a couple of plays resulted in the 14-point Bulldog loss.
A lackluster first half pitted Union behind the 8-ball as Lindsey Wilson took a 13-0 lead into the half. The Blue Raiders (4-2 overall) controlled the ball for nearly 19 minutes and ran 42 plays on offense in tallying 190 yards. Union managed to get off 22 offensive plays for 130 yards, 50 of which though came in a last-ditch effort to score right before the half.
The Bulldogs dominated the second half, finishing the game by outgaining the Blue Raiders 351-274 in total offense. Yet, Union was unable to get the win.
Union hits the road next to face Mid-South Conference West foe Belhaven (Miss.). Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
While Union's offense sputtered in the first half, Lindsey Wilson put together just enough plays together to build a 13-0 lead. Mark Corbett booted field goals of 20 and 19 yards while Ben Madon broke a couple of tackles en route to completing a 58-yard scoring pass from Branden Cresap.
The Bulldogs finally cracked the scoring column midway through the third quarter when Chad Boyington (Stockbridge, Ga.) booted a 22-yard field goal with 7:33 on the clock.
Boyington added a 23-yard field goal with 9:47 to play in the game, cutting the deficit to 13-6.
Lindsey Wilson responded with a seven-play, 81-yard scoring drive to extend its lead to 14 points. On first down at the Union 33, the Blue Raiders appeared to run a reverse to Shannon Coofer, but he surprised everyone when he hit a wide-open Chaz Barnes in the end zone to make it 20-6 with 6:32 remaining.
Not ready to give up, Union tried to mount a comeback, and it appeared Brown had broken through for a 74-yard touchdown run. But a blocking-in-the-back penalty turned the touchdown run into a 37-yard scamper, putting the ball on the Lindsey Wilson 47. The Bulldogs kept the drive moving, but it stalled at the Blue Raider 28 when Taylor Head intercepted a pass to give Lindsey Wilson the ball on its own 35.
Union did get the ball back one more time, driving to the opponent's 35 before turning the ball over on downs with seven seconds left.
Offensively for Union, Ryan Moses (Williamsburg, Ky.) completed 22-of-41 passes for 202 yards with Josh Winkle (Christianburg, Va.) hauling in a team-high seven catches for 59 yards. Domonique Jefferson (Lawrenceville, Ga.) followed with five receptions for 70 yards.
After rushing for 140 yards, Brown now 669 rushing yards on the season.
Bert Brown (Daytona, Fla.) had a solid game defensively as he finished with six total tackles, a pass breakup and an interception, his third on the season. As a unit, the Bulldogs recorded 14 tackles for a loss, three sacks and eight quarterback hurries.
For Lindsey Wilson, Cresap completed 22-of-40 passes for 205 yards and a touchdown with Barnes pulling down four passes for 67 yards and a score. The Blue Raiders finished with 36 yards rushing.