Let’s think outside of the box for a moment.
If you put a Tiger from one part of the jungle in a cage with another Tiger from a different part of the jungle and gather a large group of people to watch what unfolds, only a few things are likely to happen.
A: The two Tigers miraculously make friends, leaving everyone around watching in disappointment, as the newly acquainted jungle beasts frolic among themselves merrily.
Or, B: The much more reasonable and exhilarating scenario of the two; the two Tigers fight, leaving everyone with a feeling of satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. (Hey, even the Lion King had fight scenes)!
Well, when Georgetown College comes to town to play Campbellsville U
niversity, one can almost certainly count on it being a game worth your dollar.
No matter the sport, no matter their records. Nothing matters when CU plays Georgetown.
The old saying of “Play big in big games” is far from just a quirky quote when the Tigers of Campbellsville line up to play the Tigers of Georgetown.
This rivalry game brings out the best in athletes, on both sides of the ball.
Some notable Campbellsville-Georgetown games in the past years include a mud-fest of a football game in Finley Stadium back on Oct. 24, 2009 (before the turf), when senior CU defensive back (at the time), Calvin Bini broke up a potential game-winning Georgetown pass in the end-zone, as the final seconds of the ballgame expired, sealing a 21-14 win over GC; the first in 12 years.
On April 17, 2011, Campbellsville University softball belted seven homeruns in a Senior Day doubleheader sweep over Georgetown at home. Former Tiger Jordan Cornett (a junior at the time) started the day off wita grand slam in the bottom of the first.
Five more Tigers would homer in the contest, propelling CU to a 10-2 Game 1 win. Of those five was senior Alex Jane Clemmons, who hit two homeruns in Game 1 and another to tie the contest in the eighth inning of Game 2, which quickly turned into a 4-3 win. Talk about going out with your boots on!
Perhaps the most recent CU-GC thriller, until this past month, was played on Jan. 28, 2012, when the Campbellsville University Men’s Basketball Team aveng
ed a buzzer-beating loss to GC the month before to upset No. 4 Georgetown, 79-76, at home in front of a packed crowd in the Powell Athletic Center.
Sophomore (at the time), Justin Ennis led all scorers with 26 points; 21 of which came from three-point land (7 total). CU led by ten with under a minute to play, but GC would not give up; shooting 5-of-7 in the last minute, with the two misses coming in the final seconds of the game.
After a timeout, Georgetown brought the game within two on a three-point basket before senior (at the time), Reggie Smith knocked down a crucial free throw with just 10 seconds left, securing the CU Tiger victory.
“It seems like all the games with Georgetown are crazy ones, but this has to be among craziest that I can remember,” said CU men’s hoops coach Keith Adkins after the Jan. 28 game.
Crazy doesn’t even start to describe what happened this pa
st month against Georgetown when CU soccer hosted GC on Sept. 26-27, at Citizens Bank Field in Finley Stadium; inking their respective places in the Rivalry Classics instantly.
Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Campbellsville University Women’s Soccer Team defeated a 4-1 Georgetown team which was perfect in Mid-South Conference play heading into the game. CU shut out Georgetown for the first time in program history, 1-0, in two overtime periods.
That was the first win for CU in 21 meetings of the two schools.
The golden goal came with just 12.1 seconds left to play in the contest, when seniors Cassie Yannelli and Rebekah Carl hooked up on a corner kick, just a day before head coach Thom Jones’ birthday.
“I told these girls that this would be the best birthday gift they could ever give to me,” Jones said after the historic game.
“After four years, it’s an honor to beat Georgetown on this field… I’m honored that I got to be on the end of the ball and bring us to victory for the first time,” Carl said.
Following the precedent that women’s team set on Wednesday, the men’s team didn’t disappoint the following day.
Thursday, Sept. 27 was known around Campbellsville as the “Pack the House” promotional night for Campbellsville University Soccer.
CU men’s head coach Adam Preston challenged fans to set an attendance record of 1,000 fans at the match against Georgetown.
In the stands, 1,024 fans filled Finley Stadium to watch Campbellsville defeat Georgetown, 2-1 under the lights. Scoreless at halftime, Campbellsville took the lead in the 62nd minute when sophomore Gustav Carlsson headed a ball from junior Drew Sin into the back of the net.
Georgetown tied the game on their only shot of the evening with three minutes left to play, 1-1.
Redshirt freshman Andrew Nugent of Ipswich, England must have been in attendance the night before, because with just over a minute left to play, took the lead.
When a Pontus Yngve shot drew the Georgetown keeper out of the net, Nugent fired a bullet into the back of the net for his first career goal. Nugent and his team celebrated instantly, as the record-setting crowd in Finley Stadium erupted. CU held on for the victory.
“I hit it perfectly to be fair,” Nugent said after the game.
“It went in the top corner, and the feeling was just unbelievable. Georgetown is a massive rivalry, and the feeling of scoring a goal against them as a winner is indescribable, especially with a crowd like that.”
Louisa May Alcott, a 19th Century American author, most famous for her children’s books, once said, “Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one’s conquests.”
Though Ms. Alcott was probably not an avid sports fan, her take on rivalry is one for the ages. After all, what’s better than a win, if it’s a win over Georgetown?
Editor’s Note: Did I miss out on any Campbellsville-Georgetown thrillers that you can remember? Let us know! Email your CU-GC instant classics to, email@example.com. They might find their way into next month’s issue!
Wed, October 10, 2012
by Matthew Schmuck