Carson-Newman 17, Cameron 0
JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) _ Pat Johnson returned a punt 80 yards for one touchdown and tailback Kenneth Tyson plunged 1 yard for another as the Carson-Newman beat Cameron 17-0 Saturday for the NAIA Division I national football championship.
Louis Reveiz added a 45-yard field goal in the second half as the Eagles captured their third National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship in four years.
Cameron, of Lawton, Okla., was held to just 198 yards on offense and gave up four fumbles as the Aggies finished their season with an 11-2-1 record. Carson-Newman’s 12-1 slate represents its most victories ever.
In the first half, Cameron’s Charles Washington intercepted a pass by Carson-Newman quarterback Edwin Lowery and returned it to the Eagles’ 17, but the Aggies fumbled three plays later and missed a scoring chance on their deepest penetration of the day.
Carson-Newman only had managed one first down when Johnson took a Cameron punt at his 20 and raced up the right sidelines for an 80-yard touchdown that set an NAIA Championship Bowl record.
Reveiz, whose older brothers Fuad and Carlos kick for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and University of Tennessee, respectively, added the extra point for a 7-0 Eagle lead with 6:33 left in the half.
Tyson, a 200-pound junior tailback, gave Carson-Newman a 14-0 lead at the half on a 1-yard touchdown dive with 2:24 remaining. The five-play, 72-yard drive was highlighted by Lowery’s 54-yard run on a rollout.
Carson-Newman gained 255 yards on the ground and only 15 on passes, as Cameron amassed 57 yards rushing and 121 through the air.