Football Hosts Morehead State In Home Season Finale
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell's football program (5-3, 4-2 PFL) puts the team's four-game winning streak on the line when it hosts Morehead State (2-6, 1-4 PFL) on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. at Barker-Lane Stadium/Ed Gore Field. The day will serve as Senior Day for Campbell's 29 senior players and senior equipment manager Josh Tate.
Campbell's group of 30 seniors will honored before the game in brief ceremony. CU's senior class have combined to play in 957 games with 561 combined starts in their careers. Among the class is the school's single game, season and career leaders in virtually every category set during the Division I era.
The Camels are riding a school FCS record four-game winning streak into the contest. Against Davidson last weekend, Campbell had to come from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. The game would ultimately be decided when Braden Smith dove for the end zone and scored a rushing touchdown from five-yards out in third overtime. Smith was steady in the fourth quarter for Campbell when he completed eight passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns. His first touchdown pass of the quarter was a 69-yard connection with Harrison Jordan. The pass was a career long for the SMU transfer. Smith saved his best for the end of the regulation when he led the Camels on an 80-yard drive in the final 1:25. Smith was able to keep his cool and calmly hit Chad McMichael in the back of the end zone with just :13 seconds remaining in the game. The Adam Willets extra point split the uprights to tie the game at 17 and send the contest to overtime. Smith heroics in the third overtime led the Camels to victory with Steth Monroe sealing the victory with a diving interception on Davidson's final possession. Smith was named the Pioneer Football League's Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks as he completed 16 passes for a school Division I record 290 yards in the win.
Smith continues to rewrite the Campbell Division I single-season passing record book breaking school records for completions (132), attempts (240), passing yards (1,443) and passing touchdowns over the last few weeks. He also has run for 217 yards and six scores this season.
In Campbell's current four-game winning streak the Camels are averaging 36.8 points a game and are rushing for 248.8 yards a contest. The Camels have also totaled 13 rushing touchdowns. Carl Smith has worked as the primary ball carrier with 80 rushes for 372 yards and three touchdowns. Braden Smith has been impressive with 57 completions for 750 yards and six touchdowns. He has accounted for five more scores on the ground to go with 193 yards. Jordan Cramer has run for 188 yards and five touchdowns and is averaging 5.9 yards a carry during the four-game stretch. Michael Rudisill has been one of the defensive leaders with 19 tackles, three stops for loss, a pair of sacks and an interception.
This season the Camels' rushing attack is averaging 207.13 yards a contest to lead the conference and rank 15th nationally. CU is also averaging 34 points a game to rank fourth in the league and 19th in the nation. CU's defense is third in the PFL is tackles for loss (7.25) and fifth in sacks (2.50). The Camels also sport the third-best turnover margin in the league (1.13).
Morehead State lost a close 30-28 game to Dayton two weeks ago before the team's bye. The Eagles have lost three of the team's six games this season by a combined seven points. Morehead State is the top offensive team in the league and are averaging 35.88 points a game. Zach Lewis has been the offensive star of the team and leads the conference in total offense (286.5). Lewis has completed 223 passes for 2,460 yards and 18 touchdowns on the campaign. Kevin Thomas has been the favorite target with 41 catches for 407 yards and four touchdowns. Donte Sawyer is the team's big play receiver with 35 catches for 528 yards and six touchdowns. Desmond Cox leads the rushing attack with 648 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also hauled in 29 passes for 208 yards and another score. Rainer Duzan handles the dual role of being the team's kicker and punter. Duzan is second in the conference in scoring with 59 points. He is also averaging 35.5 yards a kick. Tony Bachman leads the team with 76 tackles and is second in the conference. He also has totaled 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a force fumble. Jerome Raymond ranks among the conference leaders with nine sacks and 13 tackles for loss.
The Camels and Eagles have played each other every season since 2008. Morehead State leads the all-time series 2-1 with the home team winning each game of the series. Last year the Camels held a 17-10 lead in the last five minutes but couldn't hold off the Eagles in a 30-24 double overtime loss.
All of Campbell's games can be followed and listened to online at GoCamels.com on the Campbell Radio Network with Chris Hemeyer, Andy Bowman and Bill Priestley on the call.
Campbell's football plays the final two games of the regular season on the road and travels to Valparaiso, Ind. to take on the Crusaders on Nov. 12 at 2 p.m.