The University of the Cumberlands (UC) football team is off to one of the best starts in the program history. With a 4-0 record going into last Saturday's Homecoming contest against Lindsey Wilson, the Patriots were looking to make a big impact on the conference and country and did just that even in breaking some longtime UC records.
Senior quarterback Jay Bright (Fayetteville, GA) found his name being put into the record book on Saturday on his 1st touchdown pass, this one for 38 yards, to Willie Gibson (Abbeville, GA) to extend the Patriots lead to a score of 26-14. With that touchdown pass, Bright passed Ahmad Broadnax (1993-1996) as the career leader in passing touchdowns with 28. Broadnax also holds the record for most passing yards in a career with 3,118.
When asked about breaking the record, Bright said, "It's a great feeling to have this record, but I'm more excited about the way our team is playing as a whole right now. This record is really a tribute to all the great players that have caught a touchdown pass from me and the great offensive linemen who have blocked for me over my career. I'm honored to have my name associated with some of the best players in Cumberlands history."
Broadnax, who still loves to follow UC football, commented via Twitter, "@UCumberlands congrats to the QB. Records are made to be broken. More importantly did we win?" The answer to that question is yes. Bright led the Patriots to a 61-29 slaughter of the Blue Raiders, putting this UC team in the record books as well.
With the win, the Patriots extended the winning streak to 10 games, tying the record for most consecutive games won. That record was set back in 1988 when the then Indians went a perfect 10-0 to win the MSC Championship before being eliminated in the playoffs. That record was also tied once before in 2008 when the Patriots won the final 9 games of the regular season to win the MSC East Division Championship and won its first round playoff game against Shorter College to extend the streak to 10 before exiting in the playoff game against St. Francis (IN).
The Patriots will look to set a new consecutive games won record as they travel to take on #23 Faulkner University on Saturday October 6th. Kickoff is set for 2:30 pm eastern time.
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