I had to go back and re watch this one before writing this article. It was one of those typical Ferrum vs. CNU games. Lots of hard hitting, with big plays. The Panthers played a solid game in most respects, but turnovers continued to plague the Panthers as they lost two fumbles that both resulted in CNU touchdowns.
Ferrum also gave up three passing touchdowns....not good considering that the quarterback, who is typically a running back for the Captains, and had never played that position in his college career, only threw 6 passes.
Ferrum fell behind early, and was down 14-0 before Scott Puschell hit a 22 yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, making the score 14-3. CNU answered with a 40 yard field goal later in the quarter, making the score 17-3. Ferrum did not give up, and came back with touchdown runs from Tim Reynolds, and Tyler Brubaker, and Ferrum was able to force a 17-17 tie in the second quarter. Before the half however, CNU posted two more touchdowns, and took a 31- 17 lead into halftime.
In looking back at the first half, Ferrum fell behind, but came back This has been a trademark of this Panther team...they do not give up. Other things that stand out, was that Ferrum had better time of possession numbers in the first half. CNU is not the type of team that you can make mistakes against. Two fumbles in the half led to points for CNU.
While the third quarter was scoreless for both teams, Ferrum struggled to stop the Captains as they seemed to dominate time of possession in the second half. CNU scored their last touchdown at 10:50 left in the game. From this point, it seemed that Ferrum, down by three touchdowns, might throw in the towel. They did not...not even close. The Panthers were able to put two more scoring drives together, and draw within 7. leading to the final score of 38-31.
Officials are not perfect, but there were some calls that left me scratching my head. I would not want their job, but there were 5 penalties against Ferrum, that I just did not understand. Not in any particular order,..
1 Late hit by Ferrum defense on CNU player out of bounds. After watching the replay, it was the CNU player that initiated the contact on the Ferrum defender. Even the CNU announcers said "Ferrum got a raw deal on that call"
2 On a touch back on a kickoff, Ferrum was flagged after the ball was handed back to the official. Do not know what that penalty was for.
3 A face mask call in the second half against Ferrum...I could not see the penalty...may have happened, but it seemed like the announcers on the Internet broadcast would have indicated who committed the infraction...they did not.
4 Touchdown called back on a Tim Reynolds run, late in the game.
5 Kickoff that was ruled to have gone out of bounds, but after watching the replay, IT DID NOT GO OUT OF BOUNDS!
In the end, Ferrum played a good game, but they were only moderately effective on defense. You cannot give up 448 yards of offense, and 38 points, and expect to win....not very often anyway. Ferrum has to lastly figure a way to increase the takeaways, and decrease the giveaways.
A frustrating loss, but the team is very strong. Should be more wins in the future