VSU Cruises in 48-10 Win Over Kentucky State

| October 3, 2016

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WAYCROSS – Adam Robles and Roland Rivers teamed up at the quarterback position to rack up 42 completions for a school record 575 passing yards en route to a 48-10 win over Kentucky State in non-conference action at the Okefenokee Classic in Waycross, Ga. on Saturday afternoon.

Robles accounted for 31 of the completions on 48 attempts, resulting in 408 passing yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Rivers came on late to put the exclamation point on the offensive performance with 11 completions on 19 attempts for 174 yards and three touchdowns of his own.

The offensive line delivered a gutsy effort, which allowed the pair of quarterbacks to scour the field and dole out multiple completions to seven different receivers. In fact, the Blazer receiving corps saw four receivers rack up 82 or more yards, and Xay Howard‘s team-leading 153 yards marked the first 150-plus yard game for a receiver this season.

Valdosta State combined the passing effort with a net total of 64 rushing yards, which helped lift the red and black over the 600-yard mark offensively. The team’s 639 total yards represented the fifth-highest single game total in Blazer football history and marked the highest total since 2014, with exception to last year’s Carson-Newman playoff game.

Kentucky State held VSU in check throughout most of the first quarter, allowing just one touchdown on a pass from Robles to Howard midway through the frame. The Blazers broke it open for 17 points in the second quarter, however, and the Thorobreds were never able to pose a threat against VSU’s 24-point second-half effort.

In what was VSU’s most balanced and complete game of the 2016 season, the defense made their mark in the game as well, allowing just nine first downs and 154 total yards. The Black Swarm held the Thorobreds under the century mark in both the rushing and passing columns and pressured KSU all afternoon in the backfield with four sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Egim Etta-Tawo led the way on defense with seven tackles and one tackle for loss, while Malik Slater and Maurice Fason both notched five tackles each. Senior Kenny Moore added to the cause with a sack and his first pick of the season, which he returned 26 yards late in the first half to set VSU up for a field goal by Andrew Gray in the second quarter.

The victory lifted Valdosta State to 3-1 overall, while the Thorobreds fell to 1-4.

Next up for Valdosta State, it’s back to Gulf South Conference action against the rival Wolves of West Georgia. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta, Ga.

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