Kentucky State made the catches and Miles College didn't. and that was the difference Saturday night as the Thorobreds defeated the Golden Bears 30-22 at Alumni Stadium.
With the win, Kentucky State improves to 7-2 overall and the team still sits atop the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a perfect 6-0 record. Miles drops to 5-3, 4-2.
"We're in the driver's seat," KSU coach Donald Smith said of his team. "This feels good. We were a doormat in this conference but not anymore."
KSU quarterback Joe McBride was again fabulous, especially in the second half when he threw for three touchdowns. McBride completed 16-of-34 passes for 295 yards after throwing for just 75 yards on a 7-of-16 performance in the first half.
"Joe's got a big arm and he threw with great precision tonight," Smith said. "Our receivers caught the passes and turned them into big plays."
McBride hit receivers Marcus Wright, Gordon Miles and Derek Talbert with touchdown scores of 42, 60 and 50 yards, respectively.
"We gave up too many big plays," Miles coach Wade Streeter said. "And we dropped some easy passes ourselves that could have been touchdowns. That was a confidence breaker against us."
It was the Golden Bears who had all of that confidence early, building a 9-0 lead. Miles blocked punter Scott Lambert's attempt out of the back of the end zone for a safety on KSU's opening series, and quarterback Nicholas Smith dove in from the 1 on the ensuing drive for Miles' first touchdown.
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