BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. – Knotted at 28-all with under five minutes to play, Campbell ran in a pair of touchdowns while forcing three Gardner-Webb turnovers to seal a 42-28 victory in the inaugural North Carolina East/West Barbecue Bowl at Spangler Stadium.
The Camels moved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in Big South play with the win, while the Runnin’ Bulldogs dipped to 2-4 on the year and 0-2 in league games.
With the score tied 28-28, Corey Petersen’s 52 yard punt was muffed and recovered by Josh McNeely at GWU 11, setting up Bryant Barr’s eight yard run, his third of the night to give the Camels the go-ahead score with 3:53 to play.
After a Gardner-Webb turnover on downs, C.J. Freeman tacked on another CU touchdown, driving in a 23 yard score to give the Camels a 42-28 advantage. Campbell forced GWU turnovers on its final two possessions with a Brevin Allen strip-sack and a Jonathan Jones interception to seal the road win.
Barr rushed for 97 yards with three touchdowns, both career highs, on 16 carries, while Caleb Snead hauled in 98 yards and a touchdown on 10 catches, tying his own school record. Julian Hill also made six grabs for 89 yards and a touchdown.
Wiley Hartley completed 26-of-41 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, also rushing for 37 yards.
Peyton Woulard tallied eight tackles and forced a fumble, while Brevin Allen made 3.0 stops for loss, including 2.0 sacks, with a forced fumble. Malik Grate and Gabe Holmes also recovered fumbles, combining for five stops, and Campbell forced at least three turnovers for the third straight outing.
Campbell posted 478 yards of total offense, including 206 rushing yards, owning a 36:54 to 23:06 advantage in the time of possession. The Camels also held GWU to 1-of-11 on third downs.
Narii Gaither rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead GWU, while Bailey Fisher passed for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 18-of-28 attempts.
William McRainey gathered a game-high 13 tackles, including 1.0 stop for loss with a fumble recovered for a 71 yard touchdown in the first quarter. Shai Thomas added 10 tackles for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
The Camels return to Buies Creek for their Big South home opener on October 16, hosting league preseason favorite No. 25 Monmouth. The game will be Military Appreciation Day at Barker-Lane Stadium, with all active military and veterans receiving discounted tickets with valid ID.
The Camels will also host No. 17 Kennesaw State on October 23 for CU’s 2012 Homecoming.