BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. With momentum from the first win of the season, the Southern Virginia Football team looked to shock NCAA D.I Gardner-Webb, but could not break through against the Bulldogs, losing 65-0. A stifling defense prevented the Knights from getting over the century mark in total yards, and the visitors, had no red-zone opportunities on the night.
"It was a very challenging night for our team," said Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "It was always going to be a large task against a D.I team, but we did ourselves little favors to get close to them. We have to give them credit, as they played really well, but we also didn't perform to the best of our abilities."
The Knights were unable to stop some big plays as hey gave up a 73-yard touchdown reception, and a 74-yard touchdown run. The first score for the hosts came after a blocked punt gave Gardner-Webb short field position. The night went downhill from there for the Knights as they could not stop a Bulldog offense that averaged 9.8 yards per play.
Turnovers again hurt the Knights, as they suffered two interceptions in the game, and had one returned for a score. On the defensive end of the ball, SVU had struggles all night as the Bulldogs proved to be too much for SVU. Leon Glover and Byron Tillery were kept busy as the pair combined for 28 total tackles. Vernon Joines added another seven tackles coming out of the secondary.
"The three of them were pretty busy," said Fitzgerald. "I'm proud of them though. They had a huge test, and even though we didn't get stop that we needed, those guys played with good intensity. Against other teams we would have got stops. Tonight was just a little too much to ask of the guys."
SVU goes to 1-7 on the season after the loss. GWU is at 5-2 for the year. The Knights will return home Oct. 31 to host Radford. The game has a 1:00 kickoff at Parry McCluer High School. The Knights will honor the 2009 seniors prior to the game.