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LWC Football at Union College Sat 16 Sep 2017

Blue Raiders now 2-0 on 2017 season
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By Anthony Latessa
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - The sixth-ranked Lindsey Wilson football team travels to Union (KY) for a Saturday night matchup at 6:30pmCT/7:30pmET, 16 Sep 2017, at Williamson Stadium at Burch-Nau Field, 310 College Street, Barbourville, KY.

The Blue Raiders (2-0) were last in action on Sept. 2 with a 47-3 win at Warner (FL). Lindsey Wilson tallied 423 yards of offense and did not commit a turnover. Dylan Beasley completed 18-of-24 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns. Allen Cooks caught four passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Cooks also surpassed 1,000 career receiving yards in the game.

For the second consecutive game the Blue Raider defense did not allow a touchdown. Lindsey Wilson forced four turnovers in the victory. Joe Lewis ran an interception back 60 yards for a touchdown. Trent Mueller also recorded an interception while Jamar Brooks and Clay Chasteen each recovered a fumble.

Mueller recorded 15 tackles which tied the single-game program record for tackles in a game. Lewis added five tackles while C.J. Dickerson contributed with five tackles and a sack.

Lindsey Wilson ranks first in the NAIA in pass defense per game (59.5) and scoring defense per game (5.0). The Blue Raiders rank third in punt return yards per game (30.8), 11th in yards allowed per game (275.5) and points per game (45).

Cooks ranks third in punt return yards per game (30.8), Beasley ranks sixth in pass efficiency (216.4) and Mueller's 13 tackles per game are sixth-best in the NAIA.

The Bulldogs (2-1) picked up a road victory on Sept. 9 against Kentucky Christian 43-14. Union outgained Kentucky Christian 596-462. Alex Bell completed 17-of-27 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns. Darian Patterson caught three passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Izayah Riettie had 10 rushes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Union ranks seventh in passing yards (966), 10th in yards per game (532.7), 11th in rushing yards (632) and 15th in passing yards per game (322). Bell ranks sixth in the NAIA in total offense (997), seventh in passing offense (882), 11th in yards per game (332.3) and 15th in passing yards per game (294).

Saturday's matchup is the eighth meeting between the two schools. Lindsey Wilson holds a 6-1 advantage in the series and is 3-0 in Barbourville. Last season, the Blue Raiders picked up a 53-17 victory. Lindsey Wilson set the program record for rushing yards in a game with 410 and the Blue Raider defense intercepted four passes.

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