WILBERFORCE, Ohio — Kentucky State’s Jacquise Lockett rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Thorobreds to a 38-17 victory over Central State Saturday at McPherson Stadium.
Lockett opened the first quarter with a 78-yard touchdown run with 14:39 on the clock. Cade Berryman added the extra-point for a 7-0 KSU lead.
Central State’s quarterback Michael Wilson, who led the team with 117 rushing yards and one touchdown, tied the game on a 20-yard scramble into the end zone with 11:40 left in the first.
The Marauders (0-2, 0-2) took the lead when Wilson connected with Jeremy Turner on a 9-yard touchdown pass with 9:06 to play in the second quarter. Wilson completed 16-of-33 passes for 143 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
KSU’s Justin Williams responded with an 8-yard run to tie the game 14-14 with 6:46 left in the first half.
The Marauders closed the first half with a narrow 17-14 lead after Dustin Bryan hit a 26-yard field goal with 18 seconds to play before halftime.
But in the second half, it was the Kentucky State show. Lockett got the Thorobreds started with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 21-17 with 13:54 to play in the third quarter.
Cameron Lee, a graduate of Western Hills, added a 29-yard field goal for a 24-17 KSU advantage with 1:45 left in the third.
Kentucky State (2-0, 1-0) continued to roll in the fourth quarter with a 51-yard touchdown run by Lockett and a 32-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Ed Dunaway.
The Thorobreds running game proved successful, recording 271 rushing yards and scoring four of the team’s touchdowns.
Central State outmatched the
Thorobreds through the air gaining 143 yards compared to KSU’s 39.
KSU quarterback Adam Robinson was kept quiet, completing 4-of-9 passes for 39 yards.
The KSU defense combined for four tackles for loss, two interceptions and a fumble return for a touchdown.
Travon Spencer led the Thorobred defense with nine total tackles, followed by Terry Horton with eight.
The Thorobred defense allowed for 329 total offensive yards and seven third-down conversions.
KSU gained 310 total yards on 44 plays.
On special teams, Berryman was a perfect 5-5 on extra-point attempts. Lee averaged 41.2 yards per punt, twice placing the punt inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
With a 2-0 start to the season, Kentucky State will ride the momentum into Petersburg, Va., where they play Virginia State University 4 p.m. Saturday.