OXFORD, Ohio – The Presbyterian College football team trailed by just six points at 13-7 with a quarter to play but Miami (OH) pulled away late, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the Blue Hose, 26-7, at Yager Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Hose fell to 0-1 while Miami improved to 1-0 in the season opener for both teams.
Darrell Bridges led the Blue Hose attack with 125 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. He has now eclipsed 125 yards in each of his last two games, dating to the final game of the 2014 season.
Tamyn Garrick was 14-of-27 passing for 163 yards in the loss. Daryl Wilson led all PC receivers with 86 receiving yards on five receptions. Darrell Williams had a game-high nine tackles for the Blue Hose defense.
As a team, the Blue Hose totaled 318 yards of total offense with 163 yards passing and 155 yards rushing. The 318 yards is the most by the Blue Hose against a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent since totaling 362 yards of offense in its first ever game against an FBS opponent at Wake Forest in 2010.
PC scored its touchdown on an eight-play, 38-yard drive following a 35-minute lightning delay in the third quarter. PC rushed five straight times to set up a first-and-10 on the Miami 16-yard line. Four plays later, following a pass inference call in the endzone that placed the ball at the two-yard line, Bridges crossed the goal line for PC’s first points of the season. The touchdown cut the lead to 13-7 with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter would be all Red Hawks, though, as they scored on both of their first two drives in the quarter to put the game out of reach for the eventual final score of 26-7.
The PC offense moved the ball well throughout a first half marked by penalties and turnovers by both teams. PC opened the game with a seven-play, 58-yard drive followed by an eight-play, 69-yard drive but both ended in turnovers in the endzone. The Red Hawks capitalized on the first, scoring its first touchdown after a five-play, 80-yard drive in 1:22.
The Blue Hose defense responded, though, coming up with fumbles on back-to-back Miami drives. The first miscue gave PC the ball in the red zone with a chance to get on the board. The Blue Hose would end up attempting a 27-yard field goal but missed wide left on its final possession of the first quarter.
Miami would add to its lead with a lone score in the second quarter. A 38-yard pass from Drew Kummer to Chris Hudson set up a one-yard touchdown run by Alonzo Smith on the next play. Mitchell Anderson would block the ensuing PAT to keep it at the halftime score of 13-0.
Penalties were a large factor in the game as PC was penalized 12 times for 97 yards while Miami was flagged 13 times for 162 yards. The Blue Hose won the time of possession in the game, holding the ball for 34:02 to the Red Hawks’ 25:58.
Red Hawks’ quarterback Drew Kummer recorded a strong performance, going 14-for-19 for 255 yards and two touchdowns through the air to give his team the season-opening win. Running back Alonzo Smith recorded 86 yards on 12 carries with two touchdowns.
Presbyterian College is on the road again next week on Saturday, September 12, when it travels to Charlotte at noon.