College Football: Turnovers cost KSU in loss to Stillman

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Kentucky State’s football team outgained Stillman and had fewer penalties, but the Thorobreds turned the ball over six times in their 27-8 loss at Stillman Stadium Saturday night.

The game was the conference opener for both teams. KSU is now 1-2 overall while the Tigers even their record at 2-2.

Stillman opened the scoring with a 60-yard touchdown pass from Josh Straughan to Damian Ford with 5:23 left in the first quarter. Alejandro Huerta kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Tiger lead.

Straughan and Ford connected on a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, giving Stillman a 14-0 lead at the half.

The Tigers broke the game open in the third quarter with 13 points. LaKevin Camp scored on a 5-yard run, sandwiched between two field goals by Huerta – one for 45 yards and the other 41 yards.

The Thorobreds’ touchdown came with 9:58 left in the game on a 49-yard run by Justin Williams, who also ran in the conversion to make the final score 27-8.

K-State had 293 yards total offense compared to 266 yards for Stillman. The Thorobred defense held SC to 57 yards rushing.

Williams finished the game with 101 yards rushing while the rest of the team gained 38 yards on the ground.

KSU’s Martez James was 17-for-28 with two interceptions, and Joey Pierce III was 6-for-12 with one pick. James had 113 yards passing and Pierce finished with 41 yards.

The Thorobreds had five fumbles and lost the ball on three of them. Stillman had two interceptions.

Kenny Townsend had eight tackles for KSU and Carlos Ware had seven.

The Breds head to Chicago this Saturday to battle cross-divisional rival Albany State at Soldier Field in the Chicago Football Classic.

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