EKU comes up short at Tennessee State

October 6, 2012 

Michael German ran for a 1-yard score with 8 seconds remaining in the game to keep Tennessee State unbeaten, propelling the Tigers to a 23-20 win over Eastern Kentucky on Saturday in Nashville.

German, who threw for 228 yards with a score and an interception, capped a 68-yard Tigers (6-0, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) drive in less than three minutes with his only rushing score of the contest.

On the ensuing possession, Harold Watson intercepted Eastern Kentucky's T.J. Pryor on the game's final play to seal the win.

The Colonels (4-2, 2-1) turned the ball over on downs inside the Tennessee State 35 to set up the game-winning drive, opting to go for it on fourth-and-9 rather than punt or attempt a field goal that would have put them ahead by a touchdown. Pryor's pass attempt to Tyrone Goard fell incomplete, turning the ball over to the Tigers for their final march.

Jacksonville 38, Morehead State 17: Kade Bell threw four touchdown passes, three to Andrew Robustelli, to lead Jacksonville to a win at Morehead State.

Bell, the son of Jacksonville Coach Kerwin Bell, helped the Dolphins overcome an early 14-0 deficit. Morehead State (1-4, 0-2) took that lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard scoring run by Kevin Thomas and a 46-yard fumble recovery and return by Michael Jackson. A Rainer Duzan field goal midway through the second quarter gave the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

Then Bell put Jacksonville (5-1, 3-0) back in command. The Dolphins scored the game's last 31 points.

Bell, who was 16-for-22 for 238 yards, hit Robustelli for touchdowns of 10, 5 and 21 yards. He also threw a 4-yard scoring pass to D'Andre Randle. Bell's counterpart, Eagles quarterback Zach Lewis, was just 21-for-43 with an interception.

"I don't care who you play, you can't turn the ball over that many times," Morehead Coach Ballard said. "We coughed it up inside our own 20-yard line twice — and that really hurt. We also had too many penalties, including a touchdown that was called back."

Thomas More 54, Washington & Jefferson 18: Junior running back Adam Rauch ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns for the host Saints.

Bethel 57, Pikeville 17: The visiting Bears lost their third straight game.

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