Newberry Wins Shootout At Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (NC SID) — Newberry College receiver Brandon Bostick set the South Atlantic Conference single-game receiving yardage record with 11 catches for 322 yards and three touchdowns, while quarterback Bryan Ehrlich set school and SAC records with seven touchdown passes, completing 23-of-40 passes for 515 yards in the Wolves’ 63-56 win over No. 23 Tusculum at Pioneer Field on Saturday.

Newberry moves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in SAC play, while Tusculum falls to 4-2 and 0-2 in the SAC. Newberry travels to Mars Hill next week for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

Bostick (Florence, S.C.) more than doubled his previous season total in receiving yards and obliterated the previous records in the South Atlantic Conference (275 yards by Presbyterian’s D.J. Humphries against Presbyterian in 2001) and at Newberry College (200 yards by Derrick Higgins against North Greenville in 2003). His performance ranks eighth in the history of NCAA Division II, just one yard behind the seventh place performance. He now has 1,198 career receiving yards to move to 14th in the Newberry College record books.

Ehrlich (San Antonio, Texas) established the SAC record for passing touchdowns in a game and was responsible for a total of eight touchdowns, adding a rushing score to his total. He accomplished this feat without cracking the top 10 in either attempts or completions, averaging 22.4 yards per completion. He now has 20 touchdown passes in his season (and career), which ties him for third most in a single season and seventh most in a career at Newberry College in just five collegiate starts.

Senior receiver David Pressley (Anderson, S.C.) had his fourth “century” receiving game this season, catching seven passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 11 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Pressley and Bostick each now have seven receiving touchdowns on the season. Pressley now has 1,283 career receiving yards, which ranks 11th in Newberry history.

The two teams set South Atlantic Conference records for combined points (119) and most combined first downs (61). There were 1,162 yards of combined offense and 946 combined passing yards. Tusculum quarterback Bo Cordell completed 44-of-70 passes for 431 yards and four touchdowns.