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Football - Thu, Sep. 24, 2009

Georgetown, Ky. -- Georgetown College pulled out a to-the-wire upset as the Tigers beat No. 10 Union 21-15 on Thursday night at Toyota Stadium.

Georgetown, Ky. -- Georgetown College pulled out a to-the-wire upset as the Tigers beat No. 10 Union 21-15 on Thursday night at Toyota Stadium.

Head coach Bill Cronin was thrilled with the win and said his team enjoyed playing in the sloppy conditions.

"Union is a very talented team, who plays with their heart. Tonight was the first time the Tigers played true Tiger football in a while. We had great support tonight and a lot of fun out there on the field."

The Tigers (3-1, 1-0) put themselves on the board first with a Bennett Gatto two-yard run seven minutes into the game.  Kicker Cole Richards finished with the extra point.

The Tiger defense proved to be a big difference throughout the game, includig the first quarter, as Georgetown stopped Union on four consecutive trips before allowing the Bulldogs to put themselves in the endzone with a 39-yard pass from Mike Brinkley to Demetrius Davis. A Chad Boyington kick tied things up at seven just into the second quarter.

The Bulldogs struke once more with just 17 seconds left in the half when Brinkley connected with Rolando Dyer for a 30-yard touchdown.  The extra point was no good and the Bulldogs finshed the half with a 13-7 lead.

With the rain pouring down in the second half, the wet grounds made it extremely difficult to handle the ball and by game's end, both teams had fumbled twice.

After freshman fullback Dustin May's two-yard score gave the Tigers a narrow 14-13 lead halfway through the third quarter, defensive back Nick Schickel came up big for the second week in a row.

Union had the chance to gain the lead with a field goal attempt with just under three minutes to go in the period. But Schickel blocked the kick and teammate Cody Williams (shown above, photo courtesy of Steve Blake) recovered with a gain of 25 yards.  That set up the drive of the game that extended into the fourth quarter - a 14 play possession, covering 75 yards, and resulting in a second touchdown by May, this time on a one-yard punch into the endzone.

Union's offense was forced to punt on the next possession and Georgetown set up a chance for a field goal. But another blocked punt, this time in Union's favor, was recovered in the endzone by Jordan Gilliam and resulted in a safety for what would be the last score of the night.

But the excitement didn't end there.

With just two minutes left on the clock, the Tigers opted not to punt, needing just a yard. Quarterback Mike Lewis was sacked by Michael Gold, giving Union possession on the Georgetown 26-yard line.  After converting a first down play and putting the Bulldogs at the 14 yard line, Brinkley spiked the ball to stop the clock, wasting a crucial down. Georgetown then held the Bulldogs for three consecutive plays to get the ball back and run out the clock.

Georgetown was led defensively by Schickel and freshman Patrick VanSant, who both tallied five solo tackles, while Union was led by William Roundtree and Jacob Crothers, each with ten.

Union fell to 2-2 on the year and 1-1 in the Mid-South Conference East division.

Next up for the Tigers is a matchup with UVA-Wise on Saturday Oct. 3. Kick off is set for 1:30 EST.

 
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