By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Chrisshun Robinson and LaMarco Yates each scored touchdowns and Javier Moreno kicked a 32 yard field goal, but the Lincoln football team lost to Nebraska Kearney at home on a blustery Saturday afternoon (Oct. 22).
Nebraska Kearney (6-2, 6-2 MIAA) scored in all four quarters, including twice on special teams as both programs faced winds of 15mph that often knocked the ball off the tee. UNK ended the game with a 66-17 victory, though the Blue Tigers did force one turnover on a strip sack by Charles Ransom. Demarea Ball recovered the football, and both he and Ransom finished with three tackles on the afternoon.
Lincoln (0-7, 0-7 MIAA) scored on its first drive of the second quarter, which was kept alive when quarterback Zamar Brake, under duress, found Samuel Ingoli deep down the middle to pick up 15 yards on third down. Ingoli later hauled in an 11-yard pass, and Brake later connected with Robinson for a 17-yard touchdown.
Both of LU’s other scores came in the fourth quarter, with Moreno’s field goal being made with 11 seconds left on the clock. A 22-yard run by Omar Allen started Lincoln’s other touchdown drive, which was set up by 56 total rushing yards from the LU offense. Yates had an 18-yard scamper to move the ball down to the UNK 14, and Nathan Valencia later moved LU down to the six on a two-yard gain. After successfully converting on a fourth down play, the Blue Tigers pushed the ball into the end zone on Yates’ five-yard carry.
Brake threw for 130 yards and Valencia completed four of his five pass attempts. Yates led the rushing attack with 65 yards, followed by Dawan Lomax with 50 and Allen with 39. Blayden Brown averaged 14 yards per carry, and Brake gained 32 yards on the ground. Daimon Bell had a team-high nine receptions for 94 yards.
Markey Mallary led the Blue Tiger defense with 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and Cody Bagby recorded a sack while Aeneas Tibbs, who tallied six tackles, broke up a pass. Kyvin Carroll and Samuel Amituanai each recorded tackles for loss, and Jaylon Mosley made six takedowns while Jahkari Larmond was next with five. Elvis Bridgeman and Cory Macon added four tackles apiece.
Michael Cunningham averaged 34.0 yards on punts and 43.5 yards on kickoffs while Moreno was successful on all three of his kick attempts during the contest. Aderias Ealy gained 108 yards on kick returns with a long of 23.
The Blue Tigers will be on the road next Saturday (Oct. 29), traveling to Warrensburg, Mo. to play Central Missouri in a 1 p.m. contest.