CRUSADERS RUN INTO NEWBERRY BUZZ SAW AND DROP 41-3 DECISION ON THURSDAY NIGHT
Thursday, September 11, 2008
CRUSADERS RUN INTO NEWBERRY BUZZ SAW AND DROP 41-3 DECISION ON THURSDAY NIGHT

Newberry – Newberry College (1-1) dominated both sides of the ball and came away with a decisive 41-3 victory over North Greenville (0-3) at Setzler Field.  Newberry compiled over 400 yards of total offense and limited the Crusaders to fewer than 40 yards rushing.
Turnovers plagued the Crusaders in the first half.  NGU gave up two fumbles and Richard Harb threw an interception with 4:50 left in the half and Newberry scored on a pass play two plays later to make it 21-3 at the half.
NGU again controlled the tempo of the game by leading in plays and time of possession in the first half. The Crusaders ran 39 plays to 27 for Newberry and held the ball for almost 19 minutes.  Newberry was the beneficiary of several NGU mistakes and scored on big plays.  Newberry’s first touchdown came after the NGU defense forced an interception.  Freshman Jereme Green intercepted a pass from NC quarterback Eric McCollom that halted a drive.  After NGU’s offense stalled, a bad snap on the ensuing punt gave Newberry the ball on the five yard line. 
Newberry’s powerful offensive line was able to lead them to 73 yards on the ground and 187 yards of total offense. 
NGU’s only points of the game came on a Michael Sears’ 26-yard field goal with 7:33 left in the first half. 
The Crusaders struggled against the quick Newberry defense, and netted 0 yards in the first half.  Harb managed to throw for 114 yards on 9-18.  He threw one interception in the first half.
Newberry turned on the offensive jets in the second half and led 35-3 after three quarters.  The NC defense bottled up Harb with a ferocious pass rush.  He was sacked three times in the third quarter and NGU could not sustain a lengthy drive.
A rash of injuries depleted the NGU secondary, and Coach Mike Taylor had five freshmen playing in the second half.  NGU’s starting linebacker corps was also out and multiple rookies were pressed into service on defense.  NGU was unable to move the ball consistently in the second half and Newberry used its size and speed to score twice on the ground in the third quarter. 
There isn’t much consolation in an 0-3 start, but the NGU schedule is a major contributing factor.  The Crusaders opened against one of the toughest Division I FCS teams in Liberty.  The lost a tough one at home against Wingate last Saturday and had a short week to prepare for #22 ranked Newberry which had 12 days to get ready after losing 14-9 to #1 ranked Valdosta State.  
NGU will next host Kentucky Wesleyan Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Younts Stadium.