Kentucky State University football dropped its season opener to Slippery Rock University in a 42-21 loss at Alumni Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Thorobreds fell behind early, trailing as much as 28 in the opening moments of the third quarter, but the offense started to find its groove behind its new junior quarter back Paul Campbell
At 4:08 on the clock in the third quarter, Campbell connected for a four-yard touchdown pass to fellow junior, Demetrius Anderson to put KSU on the board at 28-6. Campbell struck again with a four-yard rushing touchdown at the 13:00 mark of the 4th quarter, following a 13 play drive. The home squad went into its bag of tricks on a nifty two-point conversion, as Anderson took a hand-off an end around from junior wide receiver Cort Groathouse, to find Campbell open for a walk-in score, pulling the Thorobreds to a 28-14 defect.
SRU answered with back-to-back scores to go back up by 28, but the last touchdown of the game and highlight of the day belonged to sophomore running back Bret Sylve. The transfer from Louisiana College snagged the ball on a kickoff, found a hole in the middle of the field and scampered for a 93-yard touchdown, for a final score of 42-21.
Campell finished the game with 22-for-33 through the air and rushed for 35 yards on 15 carries. His favorite target on the day was Anderson as he pulled in 10 catches for 74 yards.
KSU will travel to Lebanon, Il next Saturday, Sept. 9 to play McKendree University, kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.