TUSKEGEE, Ala. - Kentucky State's football team was dominant against Tuskegee Saturday, but it was the Golden Tigers who came away with the 16-14 victory.
The loss means KSU finishes second in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Albany State, with a 27-17 win over Fort Valley State Saturday, clinched the SIAC championship. The Rams finished 9-2 overall, 7-1 in the conference. Their only conference loss was to K-State.
"It was missed opportunities," KSU coach Donald Smith said about Saturday's game. "We just didn't finish the deal. We let them hang in the game a long time. We dropped a touchdown pass, missed another field goal, things like that.
"'We dominated the game, but again we didn't score when we needed to," he added. "It's very tough, but you have to bounce back. Things happen for a reason, and you have to move on."
Tuskegee scored the game's first touchdown on a one-yard run by Terrence Jones with 7:16 left in the first quarter. KSU tied the game on a 37-yard touchdown pass from Joe McBride to Derek Talbert with 5:39 remaining.
With just 15 seconds left in the second quarter McBride hit Ryan Montgomery with an eight-yard touchdown pass, giving KSU a 14-7 halftime lead.
Travis Gumbs connected on a 27-yard field goal for the Golden Tigers in the third quarter, cutting KSU's lead to 14-10, and Jones scored on another one-yard run in the fourth quarter to put Tuskegee ahead 16-14. Gumbs' point-after kick was blocked.
McBride completed 22 of 36 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw four interceptions. Roni Robinson led KSU's ground attack with 72 yards.
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