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Football - Sat, Nov. 5, 2016
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Union (5-5, 4-2 MSC East)00077
Bluefield (Va.) (1-9, 1-4 MSC East)00000
Bluefield, WV
UnionIndv. LeadersBluefield (Va.)
#25 Timius Lowe - 60Rushing #3 Alex Martin - 108
#14 Victor Garth - 158Passing #16 Cason Whitt - 66
#15 Darian Patterson - 82Receiving #10 Braxton Knotts - 25
UnionTeam StatisticsBluefield (Va.)
130Rushing Yards 201
270Passing Yards 66
2Turnovers 4
32:17Possesion Time 27:43

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – The Union College football team orchestrated a five-play, 72-yard scoring drive in the closing moments to register the 7-0 Mid-South Conference East victory over host Bluefield (Va.) on Saturday.

"Our defense played great," said interim head coach Andre Linn. "These guys are resilient, and they just played until the end. They laid it all out there and came away with the victory."

Union tallied 358 yards in total offense but struggled to score. The Bulldogs (5-5 overall, 4-2 MSC East) made three trips in the red zone but cashed in only once. Union had one drive stall at the Bluefield 14, turning it over on downs. Another drive halted at the Bluefield 20 after a missed field goal, and in the third quarter, Union had another field goal blocked with the ball at the Ram 9.

It appeared Bluefield would score first as Benjamin Brown attempted a 45-yard field goal with 1:01 to play in the game. While the kick had plenty of distance, the ball hit the left upright and was no good.

The Bulldogs took over at their own 28. Quarterback Alex Bell (JR/Daytona Beach, Fla.) opened the drive with a 9-yard run. He then hooked up with Bradley Elkins (SO/Pikeville, Ky.) for a 23-yard pass to move the ball to the Bluefield 40. On the next three plays, Bell found Darian Patterson (SO/Taylors, S.C.) open to cover the final 40 yards. After a 10- and 21-yard pass plays, Bell found Patterson in the corner of the end zone for the game's first points. Derek Burgett (FR/Somerset, Ky. ) added the PAT, making it 7-0 with 15 seconds to play.

Bluefield attempted to pull off a miracle, but two incomplete passes ended the Rams' night as Union came away victorious.

Bell finished the game 9-for-20 with 110 yards passes and the one score. Victor Garth (FR/Decatur, Ala.) also saw time in the pocket, completing 11-of-20 passes for 158 yards. Patterson hauled in five passes for 82 yards.

Timius Lowe (FR/Decatur, Ala.) let the Bulldog ground game with 60 yards on 15 carries.

Defensively, Ryan Coleman (JR/Dacula, Ga.) led Union with nine total stops, including one sack. He also recovered a fumble. Union had five sacks on the night and eight tackles for a loss.

Bulldog Notes

  • This marks the first time Union has registered two shutouts in a season since 1989. Union also posted a 42-0 win at Cincinnati Christian on Aug. 27.
  • This is the lowest scoring shutout win in modern history (since 1984 when the program was reinstated). The previous record was 20-0 win over Tennessee Wesleyan in 1989.
  • Union had been involved in two 7-0 contests before but lost both – to Cumberlands in 1990 and Georgetown in 1996.
  • For the second game in a row, Union forced four turnovers – two interceptions and two fumbles.

Up Next

Union will close out the season at home Saturday when it plays host to Faulkner (Ala.) at 1:30 p.m.