Kentucky State University football dropped its non-conference slate against West Virginia State University Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium, 35-23.
The Thorobreds (2-4, 1-1) had a strong showing offensively, but couldn’t hold off the visiting Yellow Jackets (3-3) offensive firepower. WVSU has now won two in a row, with KSU dropping its last two.
Sophomore running back and Hammond, Louisiana native Brett Slyve had another solid offensive performance with 24 carries for 174 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore running back Michael Nero had a huge 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to begin the second half as the Thorobreds continue to be a nightmare on special teams.
After a long drive which constituted a Yellow Jacket touchdown in the first, Louisville, KY native and junior kicker, Turner Warren hit a 32-yard field goal to cap off a 12 play, 48-yard drive to put the score at 7-3. Another long drive by the Yellow Jackets resulted in a touchdown putting the halftime score at 14-3.
At the beginning of the second half, Nero struck with his first career score making it 14-10. After a Yellow Jacket touchdown, Slyve would get one of his two touchdowns on a three-yard scamper.
WVSU answered with two touchdowns of its own before Slyve found paydirt again when he got loose for 15-yard touchdown run.
Sophomore cornerback C.J. Toney was a bright spot on defense with a team-high nine tackles.
Senior cornerback Ryan Luckett had the lone turnover for the Thorobreds as he picked off the Yellow Jackets’ quarterback while notching three tackles on the day.
KSU will return to SIAC action next weekend with a road trip to Fairfield, AL to take on Miles College at Albert J. Sloan Alumni Stadium. Kickoff is at 3 pm ET.
by Eric Mathews