KU (3-7, 3-4) finished the last of their Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) games with a convincing 38-17 win over Lock Haven University (3-7,2-5). KU (3-7, 3-4 PSAC East) picked up their third win of the season, along with a two game winning streak.
As a rebuilding year for KU, senior running back Curtis Wortham still provided excitement, becoming the 11th player in school history to tally over 2,000 yards rushing in his career, ending the day at 2,014. With one game left, a home game against Edinboro University, Wortham has an opportunity to climb the KU career rushing board, with Bob DiRico (1984-1986) and Phil Anthony (1968-1970) both sitting at 2,057 yards.
Wide receiver Alex Tonnies’ seven receptions against Lock Haven moved him to fourth for receptions in a single season, with 65 catches. He’ll have a chance against Edinboro to pass Terry Robertson (68 receptions 1999, 2000), marking a breakout year for the up and coming freshman.
KU looked solid in a game that featured two teams wanting to end the season on a positive note. Despite their struggles mid-way through the season, their last two wins will have KU fans excited for their prospects in 2014. KU moved the ball at will against Lock Haven, with 505 yards of total offense. Red-shirt sophomore Josh Luckenbaugh threw for 317 yards with 4 touchdowns and one interception. Tonnies led all receivers with 112 yards and a 49-yard touchdown catch, courtesy of Luckenbaugh.
Despite a late push in the third and fourth quarter, Lock Haven looked to be a team outmatched, mustering only 272 total yards of offense. Quarterback Caleb Walton completed only 12 of his 21 pass attempts, throwing for 129 yards and two interceptions. This coming against a KU defense ranked second to last against the pass, giving up close to 260 yards per game.
Defensively, KU has looked impressive, albeit against offenses ranked near the bottom of the PSAC in total yards per game (Millersville 13th, Lock Haven 14th). With that said, KU’s defense held both offenses to under 300 yards during their two game winning streak, a commendable feat considering opposing teams have averaged close to 400 yards per game for the season. They have not given up points during the stretch, holding both Millersville and Lock Haven to under 20 points.
KU will look for another win at home as they play their final game of the season against Edinboro University. Despite their struggles at home, 1-3 on the season, a win could have fans cheering for the 2014 season.