CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College football team forced four turnovers to win its final game of the 2015 season, 14-6, over Kennesaw State at Bailey Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Hose (2-9, 1-5 Big South) saw multiple players reach season and career milestones in the Senior Day victory, while the PC defense held the Owls (6-5, 2-4 Big South) to their lowest point total of the season in the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Darrell Bridges returned to form this week to lead the offense with 134 rushing yards on 19 carries for his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He finishes the season with 1,065 rushing yards, the PC Division single-season record. Daryl Wilson recorded the second-longest PC play of the season, a 46-yard reception, and scored his first touchdown of the season on a seven-yard rush. Riley Hilton also caught a touchdown pass in the win.
Donelle Williams recorded nine tackles in the game to increase his career total to 402 in his final game as a Blue Hose. He is the first player in PC Division I history to amass at least 400 tackles and the third in Big South history to do so. Williams ends the season with 112 tackles, good for second-most single-season tackles in PC Division I history.
Ed Britt recorded his fourth interception of the season, tying the single-season record set by two-time NFL Pro Bowler Justin Bethel in 2011. The pick was the seventh of his career, which also ties Bethel for the PC career record. Britt is now the PC career record holder for passes defended with 24.
Ugonna Akoh recorded five tackles, including 1.5 sacks and 1.5 tackles for loss, in his final game for PC. The defensive end moves in to second place in PC Division I history in both career sacks (11.0) and tackles for loss (27.5).
PC got an early scoring chance after Britt knocked the ball loose and Kamren Mack scooped up the loose ball and returned it 50 yards to the Kennesaw State 12-yard line. The Blue Hose were forced to attempt a field goal and the kick missed wide right to keep the game a scoreless tie.
The Blue would get on the board early in the second quarter, though, thanks to another turnover. Williams forced another Kennesaw State fumble and PC recovered, starting the ensuing drive on its own eight-yard line. Darrell Bridges then busted through the line and kicked it outside for an 84-yard gain, the longest play of the season by PC, to move to the ball to the KSU 8. Three plays later, Cheek would find Riley Hilton for a four-yard touchdown to give PC a 7-0 lead.
Kennesaw State got on the board late in the first half on a 26-yard field goal by Justin Thompson. The Owls went 45 yards on seven plays but the PC defense held them short on third down to force the kick.
PC extended its lead early in the fourth quarter on a nine-play, 74-yard drive that elapsed 4:43 of clock time. The key play was a 46-yard pass from Cheek to Daryl Wilson that put PC in the red zone at the KSU 17. Four plays later, Wilson would get the ball on a reverse and rush seven yards for touchdown, putting PC on top 14-7 with 13:15 to play in the game.
Kennesaw State would cut the margin to eight with just under four minutes to play in the game. Thompson would nail his second field goal of the game, this time a 33-yarder, to cap off a 12-play drive and make it a 14-6 game.
After a three-and-out for PC, the Owls would get the ball back for one final drive with 1:49 remaining in the game. Jake McKenzie would come in at quarterback and throw three straight incompletions to start the drive, before converting on fourth down with an 11-yard completion. Two plays later, he would find Tremayne Trawick for 25 yards to move in to PC territory at the 35-yard line. The PC defense would rise to the challenge, though, forcing four straight incompletions to end the drive and clinch the victory.
Kennesaw State was led by quarterback Trey White with 155 rushing yards in the game, finishing just shy of 1,000 in the Owls’ inaugural season. Darnell Holland added 55 rushing yards in the triple option attack and Thompson kicked two field goals to account for all six KSU points.
PC has now won five straight games against FCS opponents in the first-ever meeting between the two. The Blue Hose topped Campbell earlier this season in the first all-time meeting after going 3-0 in the category last season.