POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Campbell's football team (3-3, 2-2 PFL) made a little history with the team's 35-21 victory over Marist College (2-5, 1-3 PFL) on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The win was Campbell's second consecutive win and allowed the Camels to draw even in league play. The win also was Campbell's first over Marist and first-ever in the state of New York. This is also the first time that Campbell has been .500 after six games since the program was restarted.
CU dominated the line of scrimmage with 295 yards rushing and three rushing scores. Marist came into the game as the top defense in the conference and the Camels put up 368 offensive yards on the afternoon. CU also converted on 11 of 16 third downs in the contest.
Quarterback Braden Smith made plays with both his arm and his legs all game long in running for 82 yards and passing for 83 yards. Carl Smith was again vital to the victory with 29 carries for 104 yards. He has now run for 252 yards in his last two games. Kurt Odom also came up big with 46 yards. Jordan Cramer ran for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Price led the defense was nine tackles. Brandon Chandler picked off a pair of passes including one for a touchdown in the game for the Camels.
The Camels used an early Marist turnover to their advantage with Chandler intercepting a Tommy Reilly pass and returning it 14 yards into CU territory. The Camels then drove down the field and scored on Cramer's one-yard rush. The touchdown completed a seven play, 57-yard drive. Adam Willets kick was good to give CU a 7-0 advantage with 9:21 remaining in the opening quarter. The big play of the drive was a 37-yard rush from quarterback Braden Smith.
CU offense continued to march on the next drive with Cramer finding the end zone for the second time in the game and fifth time this year from four-yards out to finish off an eight play, 53 yard-drive. The Willets extra point was good to give CU a 14-0 lead with 3:51 remaining in the opening stanza.
The Campbell defense got into the act next with Chandler intercepting a pass and taking it in from 43-yards out. The Willets kick was good to give CU a 21-0 advantage with 2:21 remaining in the first. The interception was Chandler's second of the game and third of the season.
Marist scored the team's first touchdown of the day to start the second quarter. Atiq Lucas pushed it in from three-yards out. The extra point from Jason Myers split the upright to put CU up 21-7 with 11:00 remaining in the second stanza. The Marist drive covered 11 plays, 80 yards and 6:21 in clock time.
CU took momentum back on the ensuing drive with Braden Smith rushing it from four-yards out. The Smith rush followed a 16-yard third-down conversion to Preston Dodson to put the ball in the red zone for the potential scoring opportunity. The CU drive covered 15 plays, 80 yards and 7:05 of clock time
The busy first half continued with Marist marching down the field and scoring the game's sixth touchdown on Calvin McCoy's three-yard rush. The Myers extra point was good to cut the deficit to 28-14 just before the break.
The Camels began the second half much like the first and marched down the field for a 13 play, 80-yard scoring drive. Braden Smith, who had a key third down scrambling first down earlier on the drive, finished it off with a toss to Alex Green in the middle of the end zone. The Willets extra point was good to give CU a 35-14 advantage with 7:36 remaining in the third
The strong offensive showing for both teams continued with Marist marching down the field and scored the team's third rushing touchdown on the three-yard run from McCoy to finish the team's nine play, 76-yard drive. Myers extra point was good to draw Marist to with 14 at 35-21.
After a fourth down stop from the CU defense and stop by Marist's defensive unit in the shadow of CU's goal line, Ted Moore unleashed a 79-yard punt to change field position and give the Camels a little breathing room.
Marist was not deterred and drove all the way to the CU red zone only to be again stopped on fourth down by the Camel defense. Odom then broke off a 47-yard rush to ice the game for the Camels.
The Camels returns home to take on San Diego in the team's Homecoming game next Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.