Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

November 7, 2012

KCU suffers setback on senior day


Nov. 7, 2012 — The Kentucky Christian football team had its program-best, four-game winning streak snapped in a 26-15 loss to the University of the Cumberlands, ranked eighth in the NAIA Coaches Poll.

The loss dropped the Knights to 6-4 overall (3-2 in the Mid-South Conference East Division), while Cumberlands picked up its third-straight win to move to 9-1 overall (4-1 in the MSC East Division).

Sophomore quarterback Cole Cooper posted the first 300-yard passing day of his career and had a hand in all of KCU's points with two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing) and a successful two-point conversion late in the third quarter. He finished with 330 yards on 19-of-39 passing. Sophomore safety Joshua Cobb led the Knights' defense with 11 tackles, including six solo stops.

The two teams exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter with the Knights taking its only lead of the game on a quick-striking, two-play scoring drive. Cooper connected with junior wide receiver Marcus Hicks on a 50-yard pass then the two hooked up on a 20-yard score that put KCU up 7-6.

The Patriots jumped back to a 16-7 lead going into halftime on an trick play, 24-yard touchdown pass from running back Iquan Deed to wide receiver Dekeidric Felton and a 36-yard field goal from Justin Dyer.

Running back Terrance Cobb took over for the visitors to open the second half, accounting for 58 yards on a 71-yard scoring drive to put the Patriots up 23-7.

KCU came right back its next possession with a scoring drive of its own, capped off by a six-yard scamper by Cooper, followed by a two-point conversion, a pass from Cooper to senior tight end Rance Hughes, to get the Knights back in the game, 23-15.

The Knights could not come up with any points in the fourth quarter, while Cumberlands converted on a field goal to secure the win and spoil Senior Day for the nine seniors -- Hughes, Caleb Cox, Rashad Earls, Charles Jones, Calvin Dowdell, Isaiah Keyes, Jordan Lawson, Caleb Mitchell, and David Wilson.

KCU closes out the regular season on the road next Saturday, Nov. 10 against Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala.

Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m.