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Blue Raiders Football Opens Season with Overtime Loss at Kentucky Christian | Lindsey Wilson

Blue Raiders fall 27-20 in overtime

Lindsey Wilson

COLUMBIA, Ky. — For the second time in the Lindsey Wilson College-Kentucky Christian University football series, 60 minutes was not enough.

The home-standing Knights (1-0) upended Lindsey Wilson 27-20 in overtime in Saturday’s season-opener. The win avenges a 40-37 double-overtime loss to the Blue Raiders back in 2010 in Huntington, W.Va.

Kentucky Christian quarterback Graham Johnston hit Rance Hughes for a 7-yard touchdown in the first overtime to ultimately send the Knights to the win.

The Blue Raiders’ overtime possession fell shy of the endzone as Kentucky Christian’s Joshua Cobb broke up Branden Cresap‘s pass to Chaz Barnes end the game.

Lindsey Wilson (0-1) opened the game’s scoring as Mark Corbett connected on a 42-yard field goal to give the Blue Raiders the 3-0 lead. It was the first of two makes on the day for the Lebanon, Ky. junior.

Kentucky Christian responded on the next play as Stanley Peterson took the kickoff 102 yards back for a score to give the Knights a 7-3 lead.

The back-and-forth affair — the game boasted five lead changes — continued as the Blue Raiders used a 12-play, 65-yard drive to regain the lead 10-7.

Cresap found Colin Keen just shy of paydirt from the seven-yard line and Keen dove across the goal line for his first career touchdown. Cresap ended the day 23-of-48 for 179 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

KCU kicker Andrew Slikker tied the game at 10-10 midway through the second quarter with a 27-yard field goal. The Knights moved in front 17-10 on a Johnston touchdown toss to Rashad Earls with a little more than three minutes left until the half.

Johnston finished 25-for-39 for 264 yards and two touchdowns.

Corbett answered the Knight touchdown with a 23-yard field goal just before half to cut the KCU lead to 17-13.

Lindsey Wilson wasted little time taking back the lead in the third quarter as the Blue Raiders converted a Knight turnover into a score.

De Wallace completed a 5-play, 26-yard drive as he scampered into the endzone untouched from two yards out to give Lindsey Wilson the 20-17 lead.

The game remained 20-17 until late in the fourth quarter when Slikker hit from 30 yards out to tie the game at 20-20.

Both teams had possessions late in regulation, but the defenses held strong forcing the game into overtime.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept. 1 as the Blue Raiders host Union (Ky.) College at Blue Raider Stadium.


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