By Jay Stancil For The Times-Tribune

No. 17 Union College put up a valiant effort, but it was not enough as host No. 6 University of the Cumberlands posted the 24-12 Mid-South Conference East victory Saturday.

The loss dropped Union to 3-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play, while Cumberlands is now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the MSC East.

For the fourth year in a row, the Patriots keep the Brass Lantern - the traveling trophy for the series. Cumberlands now leads the series 22-9 all-time and 17-8 since 1985.

Cumberlands' ability to dominant the ground game as well as come up with big plays through the air proved to be the difference. The Patriots outgained the Bulldogs 378-256 with 206 rushing yards. Union had 203 passing yards and only 53 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

Justin Pritchett led the Patriot ground game with 69 yards on 10 carries with Marvin Demby adding 50 yards on four attempts.

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