WILSON, N.C. (WNCN) – As Barton College and Wingate University took the field for the opening kickoff on Saturday night, rain began to pelt down on Electric Supply Company Field as Bulldog fans scrambled for cover.
The rain did not last long, but the celebration would run deep into the night.
“Man it’s amazing, we worked so hard for this moment,” Barton linebacker Shane Perry said of his team’s 26-20 overtime upset win over No. 8 Wingate. “They stomped all over us 55-14 (in their last meeting) and we’ve been talking about that all week in practice and we came out and took it to them.”
In the battle of the Bulldogs, Barton trailed 7-6 at halftime and saw the deficit increase when Wingate scored again early in the third quarter.
But, Barton running back Jordan Terrell would score three second-half touchdowns, a 75-yard jaunt, as well as the game winner in overtime, in leading the Bulldogs to the stunning win.
“It ain’t nothing but God,” smiled Terrell. “Nothing but God and my teammates working hard in the weight room trying to get bigger, faster, stronger. We had a chip on our shoulder and we executed.”
Terrell is the leading rusher in NCAA Division II and he battered the South Atlantic Conference’s top defense, running for 174 yards.
Terrell’s heroics helped Barton to the school’s biggest win of its young existence, as the Bulldogs program only restarted three years ago after a 70-year absence.
“I don’t know if they just don’t know any better because they’re not old enough to know better but our guys believe in themselves,” Barton head coach Chip Hester said.
That belief allowed Barton to dig out of an eight-point hole in the second half against the previously undefeated Bulldogs.
Barton could have folded after Wingate’s kicker McLean Robertson stunned the home crowd with a 54-yard field goal with just over a minute to go in regulation tying the game at 20.
But Barton would recover a Wingate fumble in the overtime’s first possession, setting up Terrell’s nine-yard game-winning touchdown run.
“They came in here and thought they were going to run all over us again,” said Jordan White, Barton defensive back. “It’s not the case, Barton is on the come-up. And this is a warning, you better be ready and bring your best each week because Barton’s coming.”
Just ask Wingate.
BY THE NUMBERS
Barton saw big performances from all of their top players. Quarterback Jaquan Lynch had 144 yards through the air and 58 yards on the ground. Terrell finished the night with 174 yards on the ground and scored all three of the Bulldogs’ touchdowns in the win, including the game-winner in overtime from nine yards.
Chris Clark contributed to this article.