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Kukura cruises to 3 touchdowns; John Carroll rolls to 48-21 win over Marietta

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.

OAC update

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).

Up next

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.

John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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