Saturday, September 18, 2021

Ten Turnovers Fuel Campbell's 72-0 Drubbing of Presbyterian on Saturday

BUIES CREEK – Campbell piled up 580 yards of total offense and logged a school-record 10 takeaways, downing visiting Presbyterian 72-0 Saturday at Barker-Lane Stadium. 

Campbell (1-2) scored touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions, shutting out the Blue Hose (2-1), who came into Saturday averaging 76.0 points per game. CU forced turnovers on six of PC’s first eight drives, ending the night matching a school record with seven interceptions (at Carthage, 9/27/08) to go along with three fumble recoveries.

The Camels’ 72 points are the most in a single game against an NCAA Division I opponent, and second-most all-time, picking up the program’s first shutout since 2018 (9/22/18 vs. Shaw).

Wiley Hartley, making his first career start at quarterback in place of an injured Hajj-Malik Williams, tossed six touchdowns with 342 passing yards, both CU single-game records, completing 22-of-30 passes. Dylan Earney added 82 yards passing, completing 4-of-5 passes in relief, giving CU a school single-game record 424 passing yards. After a record-setting night in his first career start, Hartley was named honorable mention FCS Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. 

Wiley Hartley
(Photo Credit: Bennett Scarborough)

Austin Hite led 12 different Camels who caught passes, including six who hauled in touchdowns, with five catches for 93 yards and a score. Caleb Snead found the end zone for the fourth time in three games, making four catches for 43 yards. Jordan Goco also grabbed a 60-yard TD, one of five Camels to score their first career touchdowns in the win.

Michael Jamerson rushed for two touchdowns, both in the first quarter, totaling 101 yards on the ground on 22 carries. 

Peyton Woulard collected Campbell’s first interception of the night and added a team-high eight tackles for CU, while DJ Charles made five stops with a pick. 

JT Whitmore also collected 3.0 sacks and forced a pair of fumbles, while Brevin Allen added 2.5 tackles for loss, including 2.0 sacks. Freshman linebacker CJ Tillman also returned an interception for a TD in the fourth quarter, adding four tackles, including a stop for loss. 

PC quarterback Ren Hefley, sacked seven times in the loss, completed 20-of-39 passes for 145 yards while throwing six interceptions. Keegan Holloran led the PC defense with a game-high 13 tackles. 

The win marked Campbell’s third straight in the series over the Blue Hose.

Before starting Big South play at North Alabama on October 2, Campbell will have an open date on September 25.

The trip to Florence, Ala., which will count as a Big South Conference game for the first time in the series, will be the first of two straight road matchups for the Camels to start league play, also heading to Gardner-Webb on October 9.

Campbell returns to Buies Creek for its Big South home opener on October 16, hosting No. 20 Monmouth.

Story courtesy of Campbell Communications