MARIETTA, OHIO– A historical trend stayed true to form on Saturday afternoon at Don Drumm Stadium.
The John Carroll University football team exceeded the .500 mark for the first time this season after a 48-21 victory over Marietta College, extending its winning streak to 28 games in the all-time matchup between the two programs.
Sam Kukura spearheaded the successful trek to southeast Ohio, using his eight carries for 64 yards and three touchdowns.
Brian Kornowski joined the scoring barrage in an unprecedented fashion, logging a career-high 130 yards through the air and his first touchdown catch since 2015.
With Mount Union beating Heidelberg, the Blue Streaks moved into a second-place tie atop the OAC ladder at the culmination of the day’s festivities.
Kukura cruises; Golphin hits century mark
One week removed from seven touchdowns and 351 yards on the ground, the JCU backfield continued to dismantle its opposition.
After notching 14 scores in 2016 – tied for fifth in single-season touchdowns in program history – Kukura crossed the goal line on three occasions, propelling his team to a 31-7 advantage in the third quarter.
Sandwiched between the rushing spectacles was a 30-yard, over-the-shoulder touchdown grab by Eddie Williamson, his third of the campaign.
Anthony Moeglin capped off the one-sided affair with a 33-yard strike to Kornowski and six-yard connection with tight end Danny Disbrow, finishing with a 68% (17-for-25) completion rate for 257 yards, three touchdowns and a 186.0 quarterback rating.
Blue and Gold struggles on screens
Despite the large deficit, the Pioneers found a void in Kyle Hoke’s defensive front, tallying a trio of touchdowns on screen passes to running backs Roger Walker and Tanner Clark.
Marietta was limited to 42 rushing yards and 14 first downs, a testament to the tackling of Tyshawn Jones (seven tackles), Mason McKenrick (six tackles) and Adam Thompson (six tackles, 14 tackle-for-loss yards).
Jimmy Thomas chipped in 2.5 sacks for eight yards behind the line of scrimmage.
Weather and attendance
John Carroll (3-2, 3-1 OAC) and Marietta (2-3, 1-3 OAC) drew 1,342 fans under partly cloudy skies and 79-degree temperatures.
Mount Union (5-0, 4-0 OAC) beat Heidelberg (4-1, 3-1 OAC) and Baldwin Wallace (3-2, 2-2 OAC) topped Wilmington (2-3, 1-3 OAC).
The Blue Streaks play host to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. from Don Shula Stadium.
John Alfes has covered John Carroll University athletics since September of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @JohnAlfes for breaking news and in-depth coverage all season long.
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