KCU Drops Another Heartbreaker to Campbellsville
After losing to Campbellsville in the final minute of the game last season the Knights were ready to get back at the Tigers this season. With 1:40 left to go in the game the Knights got the ball back on the Campbellsv ille 17 yard line, after the Knights defense stopped the Tigers on downs, with the help of their third sack, this one by #17 Jer’yl Christian.
Down one KCU had to get the ball down the field quickly,#2 Graham Johnston hit #81 Hayeden Welch twice for 32 yards and #89 Lane Knost for another 40, taking them to their own 12 yard line. The next four plays were miscues for Kentucky Christian with Johnston being taken down in the backfield, two incomplete passes and a missed field goal, the third of the game for the Knights.
“We just didn’t execute the whole entire game,” KCU coach Mike Furrey said. “Our defense played really well, they gave up, what, five field goals. We missed a field goal to win the game, and you can't ask for anything else.”
"Graham was getting out of the pocket a little bit on his own, by design to get him out so he could have some open room to throw,” Furrey said.
On paper KCU’s offense looked to be getting back on track with 387 total yards, 289 yards in the air. The second quarter was the most effective for the Knights, they found the end zone twice, both times on touchdown passes of 29 and 67 yards from Johnson to #83 Caleb Cox. Slikker was 2-for-2 on extra points.
In the second half, the yardage got the Knights down the field but not in the end zone, the Tigers were able to stall five KCU drives in the second half. CU Defensive backs Earl McCann and Darius Skinner each picked off a pass, and linebacker Blake Young blocked #19 Andrew Slikker's kick with less than two minutes to go in the game.
While the Kentucky Christian kicking game struggled with three missed field goals, CU won its game behind the leg of Casey Clarke. Clarke was a perfect 5-5 for field goals, which ended up being a record day for the kicker. Clarke's record day included field goals from 20, 34, 37, 52 and 41 yards out as he broke the CU single-game records for most field goals made and most points scored by a kicker. The five goals were the only points of the day for Campbellsville, and the only points needed as they defeated the Knights 15-14.
Next week the Knights travel to Jackson, MI to take on Belhaven at 2:30pm.