Game Day Preview: KCU v Campbellsville 9.29.12

9.27.2012 | Grayson, KY

Stadium: KCU Stadium
Site: Grayson, KY
Surface: Turf
Capacity: 1,000
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KCU v Campbellsville 2011:

Knights Fumble Twice in the Last Minute to Drop One Against Campbellsville 21-24
Last year’s game against Campbellsville started off on the wrong foot when it had to be moved last minute from the KCU campus to Huntington High School due to flooding issues. That just to start of the troubles for the Knights in the 2011 contest. Just like the field, the Knights looked great at the beginning with KCU playing strong defensively and offensively but things went bad in the last minute of play.

With a little over two minutes to play, Campbellsville took advantage of a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against the Knights to move Campbellsville into the Knights red zone. Ritter, who picked off Cooper three times in the game, knocked down a fourth-down pass with a minute to play. The Knights looked like they had the game won, but two fumbles and 10 points in the final minute of play sealed a Campbellsville University comeback against the Kentucky Christian University Knights, 24-21.

Stats from 2011 game

Player Spotlight

The Knights have had a number of players exceed so far this season and their hard work is showing on the field and in the numbers. Several of the KCU Knights are ranked in various stats in the NAIA:

Greg Pollard Ranks Number 2 in Division I in Passes Defended per Game (2.300)
Stanley Peterson Ranks Number 3 in Division I in Kick Off Return Yds per Att (40.700)
Jermichael Williams Ranks Number 3 in Division I in Fumbles Forced per Game (0.700)
Greg Pollard Ranks Number 4 in Division I in Total Interceptions (3)
Andrew Slikker Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Total Field Goals (6)
Andrew Slikker Ranks Number 6 in Division I in Field Goals (1.500)
Greg Pollard Ranks Number 8 in Division I in Interceptions per Game (0.800)
Trey Bennett Ranks Number 9 in Division I in Passes Defended per Game (1.700)
Trey Bennett Ranks Number 13 in Division I in Interceptions per Game (0.700)
Stanley Peterson Ranks Number 15 in Division I in Total Kick Off Returns (244)
Trey Bennett Ranks Number 16 in Division I in Total Interceptions (2)
Marvin Newkirk III Ranks Number 17 in Division I in Total Sacks (3.000)
Andrew Slikker Ranks Number 20 in Division I in Field Goals Pct (0.857)
Marvin Newkirk III Ranks Number 20 in Division I in Sacks per Game (0.800)
Jordan Lawson Ranks Number 23 in Division I in Total Tackles For Loss (6.500)
Andrew Slikker Ranks Number 24 in Division I in Total Scoring (Kicking) (24)
Andrew Slikker Ranks Number 24 in Division I in Scoring (Kicking) per Game (6.000)
D'Andre Coleman Ranks Number 25 in Division I in Total Punt Returns (66)

Campbellsville 0-4 to Start the Season

2012 has been a rough season for Campbellsville so far, the 0-4 record is not indicative of the team that KCU will see on the field. The Tigers have played quality opponents in all four of their games and in the first three they had close losses to the University of Pikeville (14-7), Union College (14-13) and Bethel University (33-24). After going 0-3 to start the season it can be difficult for a team to go out focused and ready to play, especially when you play a team that just seems to be better than you at most positions. In their game last weekend, Campbellsville just did not have an answer for Faulkner. Head Coach Perry Thomas was aware of the difference in ability, "We got beat by a team that was much better than us. Obviously, we made some mistakes that contributed to it, but not that many," said Thomas. "They are by far the best team we played to this point. We could play them 10 times and they'd line up and knock us off the ball like they did today, eight of those 10 times. I don't think they're 70-28 better though."

KCU has Two Tough Losses on the Road

After starting out the season with the best record in Kentucky Christian University history the Knights had to go on the road and play their two toughest opponents of the season two weeks in a row. The first trip was to Florence, AL to take on NCAA Division II powerhouse, University of North Alabama. The Lions defense proved to be too strong for KCU as they struggled to move the ball and were unable to put any points on the board. Defensively the Knights were able to keep pace with the Lions for a majority of the game, forcing them to settle for 5 of 6 field goals and keeping them out of the end zone, but by the end of the night, UNA size and strength and time on the field wore down the defense and North Alabama pulled away with the 39-0 victory.

The second trip was to Georgetown, KY to take on #3 Georgetown College. The Tigers of Georgetown have gone undefeated in conference play since the 2008 season, and started the 2012 season 4-0. The Knights were hoping to spoil the streak for Georgetown but trying to learn a new offense in a week and a number of players left off the game day roster for various reasons KCU could not get in sync on either side of the ball. Georgetown, being a disciplined and smart team, was able to take advantage of the Knights weakness and get the 27-6 win.