UNA Blanks Kentucky Christian
FLORENCE, Ala. – Michael Schuster kicked five field goals to tie a school record and the University of North Alabama defense recorded a shutout as the Lions downed Kentucky Christian 39-0 in front of a crowd of 10,913 at Braly Stadium.
UNA, now 2-1, led 20-0 at the half on a combination of one touchdown, a missed extra-point, four field goals and a safety. The Lions then got four more scores in the second half, including a second safety. Kentucky Christian, held to just 181 total yards in the game, falls to 2-1.
The Lions rushed for 391 yards and gained 520 total yards, led by quarterback Chris Alexander. The junior rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries and was eight-of-18 passing for 129 yards. Chris Coffey carried eight times for 98 yards.
UNA got on the board first on a 29-yard Schuster field goal at the 10:22 mark of the first quarter. Alexander then scored the Lions’ first touchdown on a nine-yard run at 2:17 of the first period, capping a seven-play, 65-yard drive. Schuster’s PAT was blocked and UNA led 9-0.
Late in the first period, Schuster had a punt downed at the KCU one-yard line and the Lions Dimitri Orr recorded a safety on the next play, tackling the Knight’s quarterback Graham Johnston in the end zone. The safety came with 13 seconds left in the first period and made it 11-0.
UNA’s offense sputtered in the red zone in the second period but Schuster kicked three field goals – from 44, 50 and 46 yards. The last kick came on the final play of the half and made it 20-0 at intermission.
In the second half UNA got a 37-yard field goal from Schuster at 4:26 of the third period as he tied a school record for field goals made in a game. He shares the mark with David Hogan (1969) and Yuta Fukuda (2005). He also tied the Fukuda’s mark of six field goals attempted in a game.
Jamarcus Goodloe scored on a nine-yard run with 6:28 left in the game and Diamond Simmons scored on a 76-yard run with 3:32 left to make it 37-0. The final score of the game came on a safety with 1:47 left to make the final count 39-0.
UNA’s defense held KCU to 38 yards rushing and 143 passing yards, recovering one fumble and picking off four passes. Jalen Reedus picked off two passes for the Lions and Rod Woodson and Caleb Massey had one pick each.
Courtesy: UNA Media Relations