WILLIAMSBURG — The University of the Cumberlands football team will play for a national championship for the first time in the program’s history, thanks to a 34-27 overtime win over Carroll Saturday.
Carroll (12-2), a six-time national champion, trailed 13-10 at halftime, but the team from Montana grabbed a 24-20 lead in the third quarter.
Cumberlands (14-0) outscored Carroll 7-3 in the final period to force overtime.
In OT Adam Craig completed a 12-yard pass to Iquan Deed for the winning touchdown with Al Merrick kicking the extra point.
Craig finished the game with 98 yards passing and 165 yards rushing. He ran for two touchdowns, and Hunter Lewis and D’Angelo Jordan each scored a rushing touchdown.
Franklin County graduate Jeremy Gardner, a senior linebacker for UC, had two tackles.
Weston Hazelhurst had a game-high 17 tackles for the winning team.
Cumberlands will face Grand View University Dec. 21 in Rome, Ga., for the national championship. Grand View shut out Morningside 35-0 in the other semifinal.