Sunday, October 9, 2016
Golden Tigers claim 81st Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic
COLUMBUS, Georgia -- Needing a spark after a sluggish first half, the eighth-ranked Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University turned to the passing game in the second half en route to a 28-19 victory Morehouse College in the 81st annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic at AJ McClung Stadium Saturday afternoon.
With two of the best rushing defenses in the country battling in the trenches Saturday afternoon, combing to give up just 68 yards on 64 carries, senior Kevin Lacey finished the day throwing for 300 yards on 18-of-29 passing with four touchdown passes. He was also named the offensive most valuable player in the game as voted on by the media members in attendance.
While Lacey was throwing the ball around the Morehouse defense, the Golden Tigers rushing game was in held in check with just 35 yards on 40 carries and was led by Kenny Gant with 27 yards on eight carries.
However, the Golden Tiger defense was not to be outdone on the day as they held Morehouse to just 33 yards on 24 carries running the football and just 176 total yards of offense. The Golden Tigers forced three turnovers and sacked Morehouse quarterback Monqavious Johnson four times on the afternoon.
Tuskegee (6-0, 4-0 SIAC, 1-0 SIAC West) was the only team to score in the first half as the teams struggled to move the ball against their opponent due to the defensive effort and the wind affecting the passing game. The Golden Tigers got on the scoreboard first with a 16-yard pass from Lacey to tight end Leo Gilbert with 8:10 remaining in the open half. The drive lasted eight plays and covered 75 yards, using 4:42 on the clock and the score stayed that way at halftime.
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