ROME, Ga. — Berry College used five interceptions and a 159-yard rushing performance from Austin Lowe to defeat Washington University 20-13.
The Vikings — which won its fourth straight contest–improved to 4-1 and 3-0 in the Southern Athletic Association. The visiting Bears dropped to 2-2 and 1-2 in the SAA.
The Bears scored the only points of the third quarter. J.J. Tomlin threw a 15-yard scoring strike to reduce the margin to 17-13. The TD was the first allowed by the Berry defense in 12 quarters, dating back to the LaGrange win on Sept. 13.
“WashU is good team that usually makes few mistakes,” Berry Head Coach Tony Kunczewski said. “But we forced them into some turnovers tonight.”
Mitchell Blanchard recorded his second field goal of the day for the game’s final points with 3:19 remaining.
The Bears then picked up a first down before Arnett’s interception.
The Vikings took over and gave the ball to Lowe six times and he gained 40 yards. Berry was in the “victory formation” for the final two snaps.
“Our offensive line opened some great holes,” said Lowe. “I was able to just run, and every running back loves that.”
“This was a great effort from our team and staff. We were well-prepared for this game,” Kunczewski said.
The Vikings play at the University of Chicago (4-0, 3-0 SAA) next Saturday.
“We are going to have our wok cut out for us,” Kunczewski said. “They are a good, physical football team.”