A six-game losing streak was not enough to bring down the Captains as they pulled off a major upset against the 18th-ranked Salisbury Seagulls to secure the program’s 100th win. The win brought the Captains record up to 2-6 and dropped the Seagulls to 5-2.
Early on, it appeared that the Captains would be in for a long game when Salisbury scored only 36 seconds into the game.
Junior running back Daquan Davis got things rolling for the Captains when he found the endzone just two minutes later, pulling in a 57-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Tyler Quigley.
It was a career day for Quigley who went 19-23 for 306 yards—just the eighth time in CNU history a quarterback has thrown for 300 yards in one game.
Davis struck again with four minutes left in the first quarter when he punched the ball in from the goal line to give CNU a 14-7 lead. This lead didn’t last long, as Salisbury equalized with a minute left in the quarter.
The Captains opened up scoring in the second with a 20-yard pass from Quigley to junior receiver Taylor Loudan, who finished the day with 230 yards. Loudan’s performance gave him the third-most receiving yards in a single game.
After Salisbury decreased CNU’s lead to 21-17 with a field goal at the end of the second, Quigley struck again. With just 26 seconds left before the half, Quigley managed to sneak the ball into the endzone on the ground from one yard out.
The third quarter was relatively uneventful for CNU’s offense as they were only able to score a field goal off the legs of rookie Andrew Harper.
Headed into the fourth quarter, the Captains were up 31-24. Quigley extended the Captains’ lead with another one-yard rush into the endzone, his fourth score of the game.
Quigley’s touchdown was followed by another rushing touchdown from Davis, who had the first 100-yard rushing game of the season for CNU.
Although Salisbury scored one play later with a 70-yard pass, decreasing CNU’s lead to 44-31, any hope of a Salisbury comeback was halted when the Seagulls’ offense took the field.
With just over three and a half minutes left in the game, senior linebacker Mic Edwards was able to return an interception for a pick six.
With a 51-31 lead, the game was all but decided. Even though Salisbury scored once more, the Captains walked away with the 51-39 victory to become only the fourth active Division III team to reach 100 wins within its first 15 seasons.
The Captains will look to have the first win streak this year in their home finale against William Paterson on Nov. 7.