A good opponent, a bad start, and it all added up to an unhappy homecoming for Kentucky State’s football team Saturday afternoon.
“We killed ourselves,” KSU coach Wayne Dickens said after the Thorobreds lost to Miles College 45-0 at Alumni Stadium. “You can’t turn the ball over. I think we had five or six turnovers by halftime.
“You can’t drop passes, you can’t have the ball ricochet off of you and get picked off. This was largely our own doing, and today started off with a lot of promise.”
KSU (1-5 overall, 0-4 in the SIAC) stopped the Golden Bears on their first possession and began a drive at its own 14-yard line.
The Thorobreds reached midfield and faced fourth-and-one at their own 46-yard line.
They elected to go for the first down, but Justin Williams was thrown for a 10-yard loss and Miles took over on downs at the KSU 36.
It took five plays and about 1½ minutes for Miles to score. The touchdown came on a 17-yard run by Floyd Graves, and Patton Chambers kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead with 8:53 left in the first quarter.
That was the first of three touchdowns Miles scored in the period.
The second was set up by an interception Joe Beckham returned 35 yards to the K-State 12-yard line.
The Golden Bears needed just two plays to score, with David Thomas carrying the ball in from one yard out. Chambers’ PAT made the score 14-0 with 8:20 remaining.
Miles’ final first-quarter touchdown came on an 80-yard drive. Thomas scored on a one-yard run for a 21-0 lead, and before the quarter ended the Golden Bears were on another scoring drive.
This one started with an interception by Micheal Mitchell, who returned the ball 29 yards to the KSU 34-yard line.
It ended with a one-yard touchdown run by K.C. Logan 50 seconds into the second quarter.
The only other score in the second quarter came on a 24-yard field goal by Chambers that was set up by a KSU fumble.
Miles (6-1, 4-0) led 31-0 at halftime.
“There’s not a single person on that sideline that doesn’t want to win,” Dickens said. “When things don’t go the way you planned and you don’t have the breaks, and every break seems to go against you, it’s very taxing.”
The Golden Bears added two touchdowns in the second half, one in each quarter.
D.J. Fife caught a 25-yard pass from Thomas in the third quarter, and Denzel Veale ran 25 yards for a touchdown in the fourth.
Miles rolled up 446 yards on offense compared to 136 yards for KSU.
The Golden Bears rushed for 347 yards. Veale had 101 yards and Graves had 95. Thomas was 9-for-12 for one touchdown and 99 yards with no interceptions. Miles didn’t have a fumble in the game while KSU lost three fumbles.
Joey Pierce III was 17-for-34 for 77 yards with three interceptions, and Williams led the KSU rushing attack with 51 yards.
Bernard Crawford had 15 tackles (11 solo) for the Thorobreds, and Terry Horton had nine.
KSU is back on the road this week, taking on Tuskegee Saturday.
“We’ve got a lot of guys dinged up,” Williams said. “We’re starting to resemble a MASH unit.
“It’ll be interesting to see what we look like when we come back on Monday.”