Clarke's five FGs kick Tigers over KCU

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CU notches first 2012 win, hosts Georgetown next

By Chris Megginson



Call it destiny, prophetic or fate. Favor was bestowed upon first-year Campbellsville University kicker Casey Clarke on Saturday.
The former CU soccer star kicked five field goals and broke four records as Campbellsville University held off the Kentucky Christian University Knights 15-14 for the Tigers’ first win of the 2012 season.
“It was a good win and gets the season going good again and gets the momentum and pride back up,” CU head coach Perry Thomas said. “All of the athletic programs at the university are doing well, and we look back and realize we’re not getting it done. Our guys are feeling that and wanted to be a part of it.”
The win snapped a 0-4 start, similarly to the 1993 season – the last time CU won in record-breaking fashion with a 0-4 start after three straight winning seasons.
That year, it was former Tiger running back Rod Turpin rewriting the CU record book for rushing en route to a win over Lindenwood University.
This year, Clarke’s record day included field goals from 20, 34, 37, 52 and 41 yards out as he broke the CU single-game records for most field goals made and most points scored by a kicker. He also tied records for most field goal attempts and the longest field goal made. The latter was previously set 22 years ago to the day, Sept. 29, 1990, by Steve Tow.
“I’m so happy for him, because it’s been a work in progress for him. He’d never played football before,” said CU head coach Perry Thomas. “(The record is) huge for him because it gives him confidence, and it’s tougher for our opponents now.”
Clarke, who helped the CU men’s soccer break multiple team records over the past four seasons, deflected the credit to his teammates, which include long snapper McKale High and holder Brandon Brown on the field goal unit.
“Everyone did it, the offense and defense. I have the simple job, just kick the ball,” Clarke said. “I’m happy we finally won. I couldn’t bear to lose again.”
CU’s defense closed out a nail-biter, fourth quarter by stalling Kentucky Christian’s offense at the KCU 47, CU 30, and then CU 17. The last two drives ended with a failed kick. Blake Young blocked the first attempt from 47 yards out and KCU missed wide from 24 yards with 10 seconds remaining in the game.
It was the fourth blocked kick (two field goal and two point-after attempts) for Young, who also led the Tigers with 12 tackles.
Campbellsville (1-4) returns home Saturday (1:30) to host No. 2 Georgetown College (5-0).

Tigers 15, Knights 14
Grayson, Ky.
Campbellsville    3    6    6    0    —    15
Ky. Christian    0    14    0    0    —    14

CU — Casey Clarke, 20, field goal KCU — Caleb Cox, 29, pass from Graham Johnson (Andrew Slikker kick) CU — Clarke, 34, field goal KCU — Cox, 67, pass from Johnson (Slikker kick) CU — Clarke, 37, field goal CU — Clarke, 52, field goal CU — Clarke, 41, field goal
    CU    KCU
First downs    10    17
Rushing    31-31    33-94
Passing    13-28-1    18-30-2
Passing yards    155    293
Total yards    186    387
Fumbles lost    0    0
Penalties    4-50    7-67
Punts-avg    7-42    6-26
CU individual statistics
Rushing — Chris Cook 11-20, Seth McFerrin 8-12, Bobby Kelly 1-4, George Nwokoji 1-1, Bryan Parnes 10-(-6).
Passing — Parnes 13-28-1 for 155. Receiving — McFerrin 3-50, Demytreus Gipson 3-42, Demetric Ray 3-21, Kelly 2-23, Brian Spaulding 1-12, Jarrod Harrington 1-7.
Tackles (solos) — Blake Young 12 (6), Earl McCann 6 (4), Brenden Walker 6 (3), Brandon Brown 5 (5), TeyVaughn Wynn 5 (4), Darius Skinner 5 (4), Rod Dickerson 4 (3), Andrew Nowakowski 4 (1), Nick Reed 3 (1), Randall Dunlap 3 (1), Stetson Pendergrass 3 (1), Jimmie Thompson 3, Roger Williamson 3, Trevor Guthrie 2 (2), Parnes 1 (1), Percy Minor 1 (1), Eric Krivitsky 1 (1) Louis Long 1, David Coffey 1, Coty Eanes 1. Interceptions — McCann 1-48, Skinner 1-17.