By Kyle Krajewski
KU celebrated Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, and the Golden Bear football team decided to put on a show with a dominant game against Bloomsburg. KU won its fourth-straight game to start the season undefeated and showed no signs of weakness.
This game against Bloomsburg was the beginning of KU’s PSAC East divisional portion of their schedule. This is the first time the Golden Bears have begun the season 4-0 since the 2011 season.
After a week of no games, the teams’ first bye week since 2005, KU looked as fresh as they could. The offensive side of the ball racked up a total of 488 yards and six touchdowns, four of them coming from the first half. Defensively, the team only allowed 196 yards and just one touchdown in the final two minutes of the game.
Senior running back Craig Reynolds started the scoring for KU with a 14-yard touchdown run. But Reynolds wouldn’t stop there; he went on to rush for 112 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns, all three in the first half of the game. That third touchdown moves him to 29 career rushing touchdowns, moving him up to second all-time at KU and now just four scores behind the all-time leader.
The second quarter is when KU started to pour the points on Bloomsburg. Scoring just continued all throughout the game.
After Reynolds’ first two scores, freshman Tyler Borg caught his second pass of the season and made this one memorable as it was a touchdown, the first of his career. The pass came from sophomore Eric Nickel, who was named PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the Week after the team’s last game against Gannon when Nickel made his first career start.
The third quarter was a bit slow scoring-wise. The only points of the quarter came from a 21-yard field goal from Alec Rosenfield, his first of the season.
The fourth quarter saw a different pace of play. On the second play of the quarter, junior Diego Torres caught his first touchdown of the season on a pass from junior quarterback Collin DiGalbo. Later in the quarter, DiGalbo scored on a two-yard rush to put the final nail in the coffin and claim the victory for KU.
The quarterback combo of DiGalbo and Nickel combined to pass to 10 different receivers throughout the game. Both quarterbacks had been named PSAC East Division Athlete of the Week after previous games this season, and they showed why in this outing. The two QBs combined for 276 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Freshman Alstan Wolfe led the team in both receptions with six and receiving yards with 50. Brandon Smith, also a freshman, followed close behind with four catches and 30 yards.
Junior cornerback Ahkee Cox-Cowen recorded a season-high of three pass breakups, which landed him in sole possession of third all-time at KU. Junior Luke Snyder led the Golden Bear defense with 11 tackles, twice as many as the next defender. Snyder and senior Dave Calderon each had 1.5 sacks as well.
Following the victory, two Golden Bears received PSAC East Athlete of the Week honors.
Snyder was named Defensive Athlete of the Week after leading the defensive charge.
Reynolds was also named Offensive Player of the Week after his stellar performance. He currently leads all of the PSAC with 11 total touchdowns and ranks fourth in rushing with 96 yards per game.
In four games this season, KU has had players named Athlete of the Week following all four games.
On Monday, Oct. 1 KU was voted into the National Division II Coaches Poll for the first time since 2012.
Following the big win against Bloomsburg, the Golden Bears have been voted to the 23rd spot in the rankings. In their last appearance in 2012, KU was ranked No. 21.
KU joins both West Chester (13) and IUP (14) as the only PSAC teams to be ranked in the top-25.
The Golden Bears look to stay hot as they head ESU on Sat. Oct. 6 for their next game.