FAIRFIELD, Ala. —Miles College went to quarterback David Thomas, inserting the redshirt senior into the starting lineup for the first time this season, and Thomas led the Golden Bears to a 40-17 homecoming victory against Kentucky State Saturday.
Thomas finished with 195 yards and three touchdowns on 10-for-16 passing as the Golden Bears improved to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Golden Bears went up three scores on three big plays to build an early 20-0 lead and never looked back.
Miles’ defense forced and recovered a fumble on a handoff to KSU running back Justin Williams on the game’s first play from scrimmage, giving its offense the ball on the Thorobreds’ 24-yard line.
Four plays later, Miles running back Emmett Terry scored on a 2-yard touchdown run to put the Golden Bears ahead 7-0 just 1:16 into the game.
KSU went three-and-out on its next drive and Thomas hit tight end Delarius Webb over the middle for a 27-yard strike on a one-play drive with 11:41 to play in the first after a long return by Alexiyon Stewart.
Thomas found wide receiver Earnest Bell on a 52-yard pass down the sideline with 12:50 remaining in the second.
KSU got on the scoreboard when Cameron Lee connected on a 23-yard field goal with 8:38 to play in the second. However, Miles added two scores in the final 2:31 of the half on a 45-yard touchdown pass to Darren Fife and an 87-yard blocked field goal recovery by linebacker Roderick Holloman.
Fife returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, the Golden Bears’ only score in the second half.
KSU scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter on passes from backup quarterback Alex Springs — one for 66 yards to Moronkie Tapper and the other for 32 yards to James Happy.
Springs threw for a game-high 253 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 14-for-22 passing, and Jacquise Lockett rushed for 98 yards.
The Thorobreds (4-3, 2-2) will host Tuskegee Saturday with kickoff at 1 p.m.