LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – Kentucky State’s football team bounced back from its loss last week against Kentucky Wesleyan with a 35-23 win over Lincoln University Saturday.
Trailing 3-0 after the first quarter the Thorobreds (1-1) rolled up 22 points in the second period to lead 22-16 at halftime.
KSU had 342 yards on offense while its defense held the Lions to 199 yards.
Lincoln (0-3) led 3-0 on a 28-yard field goal by Kyle Jaski, but the Thorobreds took a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter on a 5-yard run by Justin Williams.
The Lions retook the lead 10-6 about three minutes later when Charles Green ran in from one yard out and Jaski kicked the extra point.
Lincoln extended its lead to 16-6 when Green caught a 5-yard pass from Matt Coston, but the point-after kick was blocked and KSU’s Grandson Brown returned it for two points, making the score 16-8.
In the final 5½ minutes of the first half Williams scored two more times for the Thorobreds – on a 25-yard pass from Joey Pierce III and a 56-yard run. Clayton Simmons caught a pass from Edward Dunaway on a conversion attempt to make the score 22-16 at halftime.
K-State scored twice in the third quarter. Aris Allen had a 2-yard touchdown run, and Clayton Patton II caught a 22-yard pass from Martez James. Cade Berryman kicked the exra point after Patton’s touchdown to make the score 35-16 going into the fourth quarter.
Lincoln tacked on seven points in the final period on a 4-yard run by Gerald Swain and the PAT by Jaski.
Allen rushed for 98 yards for Thorobreds, Jacquise Lockett had 64 yards, and Williams 54.
James went 6-for-11 passing for 88 yards and Pierce was 4-for-8. Both quarterbacks had one touchdown pass each, and neither threw an interception.
Vance Locke led KSU’s receivers with three catches, and Courtney Lewis Gage, Carlos Ware, Terry Horton and JacQuan Persley all had eight tackles to lead the Thorobred defense.
Kentucky State begins conference play this Saturday, taking on Stillman in Tuscaloosa, Ala.