After concluding its best season since 2003, the Gardner-Webb football team was rewarded for its efforts.
Johnathan Williams III grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and Earnest Ross scored 17 points to lead Missouri past Gardner-Webb 72-63 on Saturday.
While there are no titles or playoff berths on the line, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian both have things to play for.
There's no playoff berth at stake. Nor is there a conference title.
Hoping to join the ranks of such collegiate defensive ends like Terrell Suggs and Jadaveon Clowney, Gardner-Webb junior Shaquille Riddick has been named to the Ted Hendricks Award mid-season watch list.
It may have been two years ago, but J.J. Hubbard still has it in the back of his mind.
In 2011, the kick-off return specialist ran a kick-off 78 yards for a touchdown against Virginia Military Academy.
"I remember that like it was yesterday," Hubbard said.
Here's a recap of Gardner-Webb's 27-10 victory Saturday over No. 12 Charleston Southern:
For the first time in a matter of months, the breaks finally went Gardner-Webb's way.
A pair of special teams mistakes, strong defense against the triple option and an 87-yard kick-off return by J.J. Hubbard led the Runnin' Bulldogs to a 27-10 win over No. 12 Charleston Southern Saturday at Spangler Stadium.
For the last two games, it was fumbles and penalties that plagued Gardner-Webb.