Oct. 16, 2013 — The Kentucky Christian University football team traveled to Columbia Saturday to meet with conference opponent Lindsey Wilson College.
Going into the game, The Blue Raiders were ranked No. 17 in the NAIA, 5-1 on the season, and 1-1 in the MSC East Division. KCU, also 1-1 in the MSC East, was 2-4 on the season. And after losses to No. 2 Marion to open the season, No. 6 Georgetown on Homecoming, and an unranked-at-the-time Reinhardt University, a tough game against another Top 25 team seemed to be looming.
The Knights and the Blue Raiders played to a draw in the first period, with the first score coming at just under nine minutes remaining in the first half, when Andrew Stewart picked off a Branden Cresap pass at the Blue Raider 21 and took it in for the score.
The Slikker kick was blocked, but KCU was up 6-0. As the clock expired for the first half, Slikker hit a 37-yard field goal to put the Knights up 9-0. After a KCU fumble early in the third, Lindsey Wilson marched 34 yards on two plays to put up a touchdown and PAT, making the score 9-7.
Lindsey Wilson scored again and took the lead just before the end of the third, making it 14-9. But the Knights had plenty of fight left in them, and with minutes left to play, Logan Walker caused a fumble that was recovered by Nick Sharp near mid-field. KCU drove and scored, but again failed to convert the PAT, this time a run to give KCU a 15-14 lead. On the next series, Andrew Stewart made his second pick of the day, and KCU scored again minutes later to attain the final score, 22-14.
Jakarious Crittenden led the rushers with 72 yards on 11 carries, while Justin Crager had 69. Lane Knost caught 4 balls for 43 yards, while Deandre Riddick hauled in 2 passes for 22 yards. QB Isaac Brabson was 9 of 21 for 91 yards, and was sacked twice. In addition to his 2 interceptions, Andrew Stewart had 14 tackles to lead the defense, while Mike Ritter had 9 solo tackles. James Hart, Josh Cobb, and Marvin Newkirk totaled six sacks between them, for a loss of 42 yards.
The KCU offense had 22 first downs compared to 19 by the Blue Raiders, and the Knight backfield tallied 193 yards on the ground, while the defense held Lindsey Wilson to just 62 yards rushing. KCU had three interceptions, while giving up only one.
The Knights will be enjoying a little time off next weekend with an open date, but will be back in action at Union College in Barbourville on Oct. 26.