College Football

Sycamores use size as advantage, shut out Hawks in season opener

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Aug. 30, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 31, 2018 1:50 am

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- On paper, the size of the Indiana State football team's offensive line was impressive. In person, it was awe-inspiring.

"They dwarfed us," Quincy University coach Gary Bass said. "It was like the all-stars against the monsters from the old Space Jam movie."

The monsters had the edge this time. Indiana State wore down Quincy's defense with its size and finished off a 49-0 victory in the season opener Thursday at Memorial Stadium by piling up 339 yards rushing and 423 yards of total offense.

"Their depth really showed," Bass said. "They had more guys to throw at us."

They needed them the way QU's defense refused to buckle. The Sycamores led 21-0 at halftime and had 216 total yards. The second of the three touchdowns came on a 4-yard run by quarterback Jalil Kilpatrick on third and goal after Indiana State took possession at the 3-yard line following a fumbled snap on a punt attempt.

"They didn't just walk in after that," said Bass, the second-year coach whose program is 1-4 all-time against Indiana State and 2-20 against FCS opponents. "They had to earn it."

The last touchdown of the half -- a 10-yard run by Titus McCoy -- came two plays after Hawks cornerback Jordan Wynn forced a fumble by Sycamores running back Ja'Quan Keys that Indiana State was able to recover.

"I don't care what the stats said," Bass said. "The defense played its butt off. They played hard. They played smart. They played fast."

They just didn't get any breathers. Indiana State ran 75 plays -- 19 more than QU -- and finished with nearly 33 minutes of possession.

Senior linebacker Cody Leonard led the Hawks with 11 tackles, six solo tackles, one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss. Sophomore safety Keenan Stegall had 10 tackles and one pass broken up.

Part of the reason the defense was on the field extensively was the Hawks' inability to sustain drives.

Quincy had just 34 total yards in the first half and finished with 159 yards of offense. Freshman quarterback Tionne Harris completed 4 of 10 passes for 29 yards in his collegiate debut, while rushing for 26 yards on 13 carries. Junior running back Chris Brinson led QU with 32 yards rushing.

"Whenever we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot, we ran it pretty well," Bass said.

The Hawks managed just two first downs in the first half and only 10 overall.

"There are plenty of things to correct," Bass said. "But I feel better after this than I did last year after the loss at Midwestern State."

Indiana State 49, Quincy 0

QU ISU

10 First downs 22

37-81 Rushes-yards 62-339

78 Yards passing 84

159 Total yards 423

9-19-0 Comp-Att-Int 8-13-0

4-1 Fumbles-lost 3-1

11-75 Penalties-yards 8-86

Quincy 0 0 0 0--0

Indiana State 14 7 14 14--49

Scoring Summary

First quarter

ISU--Ja'Quan Keys 3 run (Jerry Nunez kick), 11:17

ISU--Jalil Kilpatrick 4 run (Nunez kick), 2:40

Second quarter

ISU--Titus McCoy 10 run (Nunez kick), :27

Third quarter

ISU--Keys 3 run (Nunez kick), 2:12

ISU--Chris Covington 4 run (Nunez kick), 1:30

Fourth quarter

ISU--Covington 9 run (Nunez kick), 13:26

ISU--Dakota Caton 71 punt return (Nunez kick), 5:06

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Quincy, Chris Brinson 13-32, Tionne Harris 13-26, Sherond Boyd 3-19, Andrew Rund 3-14, Darries Rainey 3-4, David Tabakovic 1-0, Nathan Kewney 1-(minus 14); Indiana State, McCoy 10-81, Keys 13-80, Kilpatrick 15-69, Covington 10-64, Chris Childers 5-19, Pat Kerlegrand 4-15, Kurt Wilderman 3-14, Rontrez Morgan 2-(minus 3).

PASSING--Quincy, Harris 4-10-29-0, Rund 5-9-49-0; Indiana State, Kilpatruck 8-13-84-0.

RECEIVING--Quincy, Jordan Smith 3-37, Brinson 1-12, Zac Lonergan 1-10, Shane Barrett 1-8, Blake Huskey 1-5, Gabriel Bryant 1-3, Rainey 1-3; Indiana State, Joe Wildt 2-32, Dante Hendrix 2-27, Morgan 1-7, mcCoy 1-7, Tynan Williams 1-6, Michael Thomas 1-5.

 

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