VSU's O'neal powers Blazers over Carson-Newman, on to the semi- - WDAM - TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports

VSU's O'neal powers Blazers over Carson-Newman, on to the semi-finals

Posted: Updated:
  • Most ReadMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    City of Hattiesburg employee fails to register as sex offender

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:04 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:04:34 GMT
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's DepartmentMore >>
    A City of Hattiesburg employee is behind bars for failing to register as a sex offender. Public Works employee Martaze Denzel Hammond, 35, was arrested Wednesday by the Forrest County Sheriff's Department after exceeding a 90 day period in which to register as a sex offender.More >>
  • Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Lamar Co. man sentenced in federal court on drug charges

    Thursday, July 31 2014 12:31 PM EDT2014-07-31 16:31:27 GMT
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morning. LuacsMore >>
    A Lamar County man has been sentenced to nearly 8 years in federal prison on drug charges. Tommy Lucas, 48, was sentenced to 95 months by U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett Thursday morningMore >>
  • Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Four arrested after attempted correctional facility drug crime

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:21 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:21:06 GMT
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m.,More >>
    Four suspects were arrested Thursday during an attempt to commit a crime at the South Mississippi Correctional Institution. According to prison officials, officers responded to a fence alarm around 5 a.m., July 31, 2014, at the SMCI campus located in Leakesville, MS where officers found two packages. K9 personnel picked up a trail of the suspects which lead towards Wildcat Corner, located at the corner of High School Road and Hwy. 57 near Leakesville.More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Once again the Valdosta State Blazers used a strong second half to keep its season alive knocking off Carson-Newman 48-26 to advance to the NCAA Division II semi-finals. 

Valdosta State jumped out to a 14-0 lead before Carson-Newman scored 20 unanswered points to take a 23-14 lead at halftime.  In the second half, the VSU defense bowed its back and bottled up the Eagles' high tempo running attack.  The offense came alive early in the half when Cayden Cochran found a streaking Seantavious Jones down the left side for a 37 yard touchdown to make the score 23-21.  That's when freshman running back Cedric O'neal began to wear down the Carson-Newman defense. 

O'neal scored two second half touchdowns and finished the game with 194 yards rushing.  He now has 13 touchdowns on the season which is tied for the third most in school history.   The Dublin, Ga. native has also rushed for 1,055 yards on the season, making him just the eight VSU running back to top the 1,000-yard barrier and the first since Michael Terry ran for 1,107 in 2007

Valdosta State's four rushing touchdowns in the game gave VSU 34 on the year, breaking the old school record of 32 set during the program's 2004 national championship title season.

The Blazers now moves on to play at Minnesota State-Mankato in the semi-finals on December 8th.

Copyright 2012 WALB.  All rights reserved.