MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Terence Pollock ran for a career-high 198 yards and scored twice as visiting No. 18 Union College held off Faulkner (Ala.) University 23-13 Saturday.
With the victory, Union is 3-0 for the eighth time in program history and the first since 1994. The loss dropped Faulkner to 0-3 on season.
Pollock's (Orange Park, Fla.) first carry of the day was one for the highlight reel as he galloped 97 yards for a touchdown on Union's first play from scrimmage. After the PAT, Union led 7-0 with 10:02 remaining in the first.
The 97-yard run is the longest run in Pollock's career. Prior to this season, Pollock had not had a run longer than 26 yards. Howver, he had a 33-yard run in the win at Lambuth (Tenn.) Universty on Sept. 6 and now a 97-yard gallop.
Pollock's long sprint is close to the longest run in Bulldog history, but Dayna Overton had 99-yard touchdown run against Tiffin (Ohio) University in 1998.
The junior running back finished the day with 198 yards on 20 carries, just 16 yards shy of James Fletcher's single-game record of 214, which he set against Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1985.
As a team, Union rushed for 332 yards. The Bulldogs entered the game with 274 rushing yards. Union only rushed for more than 200 yards once in 2007 (214 versus Campbellsville (Ky.) University on Oct. 13, 2007). The last time Union ran for more than 300 yards came in a 57-27 win over Bethel (Tenn.) College on Oct. 11, 2003, as the Bulldogs amassed 377 yards on the ground.
Union outgained Faulkner 515-167 in total offense. Mike Brinkley (Anthony, Fla.) completed 12-of-30 passes for 183 yards. He had one interception, but it came just prior to the half and didn't amount to anything. Darrell Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) helped out with 48 yards rushing on six carries, while Chris Thomas (Hopkinsville, Ky.) caught three passes for 66 yards and ran for 33 yards on one carry.
Freshman Jacob Appleby (Harvest, Ala.) tied a school record with three field goals as he accounted for 11 points in the 10-point victory. Appleby connected on field goals of 22 and 34 yards in the first half as Union built a 13-0 lead with 10:55 left in the half.
Just before the half, Faulkner cracked scoring column just before the half when Phillip Moore scampered 21 yards for a touchdown with 46 seconds on the clock, making it 13-7 at the half.
With 2:26 to go in the third, Appleby booted another 22-yard field goal to up the margin to 16-7.
Union appeared to be on its way to extend its lead early the fourth as it had the ball first and 10 on the Faulkner 15. Twice the Bulldogs got the ball into the end zone only to have the play nullified by a penalty. Facing fourth and 31 at the Faulkner 36, Union punted and pinned the Eagles on their 12-yard line.
Faulkner turned the ball over on downs on its own 16, and Pollock scored on the very next play to put Union up 23-7 with 6:23 remaining.
On the ensuing drive, Faulkner marched 64 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. Moore hit Josh Cooper for an 8-yard pass. The Eagles went for two on the PAT, but the run failed to leave the score 23-13 with 4:09 left.
Offensively for Faulkner, Moore completed 12-of-38 passes for 109 yards and a score, while Mike Timmons led the Eagle ground attack with 21 yards on seven carries.
Sean Thom led the Eagle defense with 14 total tackles.
Defensively for Union, Willie Williams (Miami, Fla.) had seven total stops and two sacks, while Marekus Smith (Lithonia, Ga.) also had seven total tackles. Depaul Peyton (Lexington, Ky.) chipped in five solo tackles.
The Bulldogs return home next Saturday to play host to No. 17 Georgetown (Ky.) College at 1:30 p.m.
Jacob Appleby is the fourth Bulldog to boot three field goals in a game, joining James Hager, Junior Distefano and Jeremy Macejewski. Macejewski accomplished the feat three times during his career.
Terence Pollock now ranks fourth on the program's all-time rushing list with 1,773 career yards and needs just 71 more to surpass Dominic Yuille for third.
For the first time all season, the Union defense failed to force a turnover.
The win was the first for Union against a team from Alabama. Union entered the game 0-6 against schools from Alabama.