Newberry’s bid for an upset of Southern Conference member Samford fell short last night in Birmingham 38-35. The Wolves built a 21-7 halftime lead but could not hold off a Bulldog surge in the second half.
Samford scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead. Bryan Ehrlich’s 31 yard touchdown pass to Darien Crawford early in the fourth put Newberry back on top. But Samford blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown and then got a 40 yard scoring pass from quarterback Dustin Taliaferro for a 38-28 lead.
Ehrlich ran in from a yard out with two minutes to play to make it a 38-35 game, and the Wolves got the ball back on their own 43 after recovering the onside kick. They reached the Samford 33 but two holding penalties damaged the drive which eventually ended with an interception.
Newberry finished with 453 total yards with Ehrlich passing for 355 yards and three touchdowns. The Wolves are now 1-2.