Kentucky State University dropped its second game of the season with a 50-0 loss to McKendree University at Lemon Field on Saturday afternoon.
The Thorobreds (0-2) for the second week in a row, repeated a slow start out of the gate and found themselves in an early hole. The Bearcats (1-1) shrugged off a 42-2 loss to Angelo State from a week ago, capitalizing on mistakes and making the most out of great field position.
MKU scored early and often accounted for 37 unanswered points in the first half. Of the scores, only two came from the Bearcats offense, as the defense recorded a touchdown and a safety, while the special teams returned a kickoff and a punt for scores.
Sophomore linebacker Phillip Francis worked to disrupt the Bearcats offense as he made his way into the backfield for four tackles for a loss in the first half. Junior linebacker Andre Miles collected his first fumble recovery of the season in the second quarter after junior defensive back Matthew Bizimana stripped the ball loose for the Thorobreds.
MKU began the third quarter much like it ended the second, with a 12 play, 84-yard drive to go on top 43-0. The Bearcats added another rushing touchdown in the fourth to get to the half century mark.
Sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Powell led the Thorobeds in receiving yards for the first time in his career with 54 yards on five catches.
Sophomore safety Hakeem Adebimpe finished the day with a game-high 10 tackles. Bizimana and Miles each notched seven take downs, while Francis collected six, including five for a loss.
KSU will return home next week to host Kentucky Wesleyan College. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm ET and all current military personnel, firefighters, police men, and paramedics will be granted free admission to the game with proof of identification
by Eric Mathews