Kentucky State University Stays on an Roll

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The NFL is proud of the legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on professional football. Throughout the league’s history, athletes from HBCUs have exemplified a standard of excellence on and off the field. HBCUs are starting to return to the spotlight, especially in Kentucky.

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After a rough start to the season, the Kentucky State Thoroughbreds have turned things around. After homecoming weekend. Kentucky State has won three games in a row. Christopher Coneway scored two of the five Kentucky State rushing touchdowns in a 41-22 defeat of the Allen Yellow Jackets at Alumni Stadium. The game’s first points came from a 35-yard pass by the Yellow Jackets Montrell White to Michael Reese. Jai Nunn-Liddell blocked the Yellow Jackets extra point to leave 6-0 at the end of the first quarter. 

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KSU’s Jaylen Myers completed a 49-yard touchdown pass to Dariaze Kirkland, and Mason Molique’s point-after kick gave the Thoroughbred’s a 7-6 in the second quarter. Kentucky State extended its lead on a 4-yard run by Coneway. KSU’s Lavale Hill scored on a 6-yard run, and Molique extra point gave KSU a 20-6 Kentucky State halftime lead.

 

The Thoroughbreds went ahead by 21 points late in the third quarter. Coneway scored on a 1-yard run for a 27-6 advantage. Allen scored early in the fourth quarter and converted on a two-point conversion to close within 27-14. Shaquan Oliver answered with a 21-yard run into the end zone, and just a few moments later, Donte McCall scored from a yard out. Molique hit both point-after kicks to give the Thoroughbreds a 41-14 lead near the end of the fourth quarter.

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Allen put the final points on the board on a short pass into the end zone and converted the two-point conversion to make the final score 41-22. KSU, now on a three-game winning streak, plays at Miles College Saturday. The Thoroughbreds are 3-4 overall and 3-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

 

The Thoroughbred’s defense was outstanding. Kentucky State’s defense had nine tackles for a loss and five sacks. Jeremiah Owens had three tackles for a loss of 19 yards, as Monte Davis led both teams with 2.5 tackles for a loss of 22 yards. Darrell Dorris Jr. led the contest with 7.5 tackles (6 solos, 3 assists) and one forced fumble. Jaylen Johnson followed behind with six tackles (4 solos, 4 assisted).

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Jaden Hale led the Thoroughbreds with 66 rushing yards followed by Hill with 50 with one rushing touchdown. Myers went 4-for-7 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown. Kirkland led his team with 135 all-purpose yards and Hale followed with 106 all-purpose yards.

 

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S.K. Patrick is a sports journalist from Louisville, Ky with over 5 years of sports journalism experience. Patrick graduated from the University of Louisville with his BA in mass communications and a minor in marketing. Patrick has been part of Louisville's local sports community for several years. He’s a former high school football player and little league football coach. Patrick has covered press conferences and games for U of L’s Sports Information Office. He now covers the ACC, along with Western Kentucky University and the University of Cincinnati. He has reported on Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Jimbo Fisher, Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, and many others. Professionally he has covered the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine.

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