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Football Dominates Fourth Quarter to Beat Host Pikeville 53-36 | Lindsey Wilson


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Tommy Smith set a freshman record with 120 yards.

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Two Blue Raiders rushed for over 100 yards in today’s win


PIKEVILLE, Ky. — Lindsey Wilson College football closed with 22 straight points — all in the fourth quarter — to beat host University of Pikeville (Ky.) 53-36 today at the Hambley Athletic Complex.

The Blue Raiders (2-1) racked up a program-record 610 yards of offense, including 309 yards on the ground — also a program record — on their way to a second straight win.

Lindsey Wilson‘s Tommy Smith and Rome Cotton each rushed for over 100 yards in the game and De Wallace added 84 yards on the record-setting day. Smith’s 120 yards set a freshman rushing record breaking Tyrome Lott‘s year-old record of 103 yards.

After a back-and-fourth affair for three quarters, Lindsey Wilson seized control in the early stages of the fourth with a 7-play, 80-yard drive to take a 39-36. Branden Cresap‘s quarterback sneak — reminiscent of last season’s game-winner — capped off the drive and a two-point toss from Cresap to tight-end Ben Madon gave the Blue Raiders the lead for good.

Cresap ended the game with a season-high 301 yards passing and a touchdown while completing at least one pass to 10 different receivers.

After the Blue Raider defense forced their second UPike (2-1) turnover of the day, the Lindsey Wilson offense used a flea-flicker and powerful running to extend its lead to 10 points.

On the first play of the series following the UPike fumble, Cresap connected with Matt Powersdown the right sideline for 57 yards to the Pikeville 14-yard line. The play began with a Cresap handoff to Chris Dobbins on a right-to-left jet sweep. Dobbins immediately tossed it toWillie Jones on a reverse and Jones fed it back to Cresap who found Powers wide open.

A screen to Dobbins and two Cotton runs resulted in a 46-36 lead with 9:48 left in the game. Cotton finished 116 yards rushing and two scores.

Pikeville’s attempt to stop the Blue Raider momentum failed on the next possession as the Blue Raider defense — who has allowed just six points in the fourth quarter through three games this season — forced a three-and-out giving the ball back to the LWC offense.

For the third straight possession, the Blue Raider offense found the endzone.

Lindsey Wilson iced the game with a 10-play 67-yard drive that covered nearly six minutes to take the 17-point lead. Smith capped the drive with a 9-yard run for his second touchdown of the day.

Pikeville’s final effort proved to be futile as the Blue Raider defense secured the fourth-quarter shutout. Jerry Long and Mikquail Baskett each recorded sacks of UPike’s Trevor Hoskins during the drive to help the Blue Raiders close out their third straight win over the Bears.

Hoskins finished the game 18-for-31 for 326 yards and three touchdowns. He threw one interception — Devann Green‘s first career pick.

Six different lead changes highlighted the first three quarters.

The Blue Raiders led 24-21 at the break only to have UPike score nine straight points — a touchdown and safety — and 15 of the third quarter’s 22 points.

Lindsey Wilson returns to action at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, Sept. 15, as the Blue Raiders host Georgetown (Ky.) College at Blue Raider Stadium.

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