Central Florida 35, Carson-Newman 21
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ Freshman quarterback Daunte Culpepper threw two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday to lead Central Florida to a 35-21 victory over Carson-Newman.
Culpepper, who was the Division I-AA offensive player of the week last week, completed 22 of 30 passes for 307 yards in his second collegiate start.
He also suffered his first interception, but made up for it with a 1-yard scoring pass to Scott Braun and a 52-yard pass to Reginald Doster.
Marquette Smith, Central Florida’s senior tailback, rushed 27 times for 128 yards. He scored twice, including a 53-yard run in the second quarter that put Central Florida ahead, 21-0.
Carson-Newman scored just before the half, off a Golden Knights turnover. Doster fumbled a punt at his own 2-yard line, and Brian Jackson of Carson-Newman fell on it. Eagles quarterback Pop Williams scored on the next play to cut the deficit to 21-7.
Culpepper and Braun teamed up from a yard out to give the Golden Knights a 28-7 lead in the middle of the third quarter, but Carson-Newman responded with a 9-yard scoring pass from Matt Penland to Adam Swearingin.
That was one of only two passes the Eagles completed all day. The other was a 46-yard bomb from Williams to Kendall James with just over two minutes left in the game.
Central Florida, ranked No. 21 in Division I-AA, improves to 2-0. Carson-Newman, the eighth-ranked team in Division II, drops to 1-1.