Smith Rushes for School Record 251 Yards in 28-13 Win Over FDU-Florham
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson football freshman K.K. Smith (Glen Burnie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) rushed for a school record 251 yards and three touchdowns while the Mustangs totaled a school record 363 yards rushing in a season-ending 28-13 Middle Atlantic Conference victory over FDU-Florham Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.
Stevenson (2-8, 2-7 MAC) snapped an eight-game home losing streak by earning its second conference win of the season after posting just one a year ago during its inaugural season.
Smith set the previous school record for rushing yards when he totaled 234 versus Misericordia on September 29. In that game, the Mustangs rushed for a then-school record 354 yards.
Smith finished the season with a school record 1,357 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns, eclipsing the 100-yard mark seven times and the 200-yard mark twice. He entered the game leading the Middle Atlantic Conference in rushing and ranked 18th in Division III.
Freshman Kevin Bunton (Bridgeton, N.J./Bridgeton) also eclipsed the 100-yard mark as well, finishing the game with a career-high 90 yards and one touchdown on just nine carries.
Defensively, Stevenson held the Devils (2-7, 2-6 MAC) to just 80 yards rushing on 37 attempts, an average of just 2.2 yards per carry.
FDU-Florham returned the opening kickoff 59 yards to the Stevenson 32-yard line and settled for a 30-yard field goal from Travis Mullen to give the team its only lead of the game, 3-0 with 10:45 remaining in the first quarter.
The Mustangs would score touchdowns on three of its next four possessions, scoring on a 10-yard run and a 3-yard run by Smith before Bunton scored on a 26-yard run with 8:52 left in the second quarter to give Stevenson a 21-3 lead.
Mullen would then hit on a Mustang Stadium record 42-yard field goal with 7:21 to play to pull the Devils within 21-6 at the half.
FDU-Florham would then drive 61 yards in 12 plays on its first possession of the second half to make it a one possession game, 21-13 with 7:14 remaining in the third quarter. On the drive, the Devils converted both of their third-down opportunities and one on fourth down.
However, the Mustangs quickly answered with a four-play, 86-yard drive in just 1:31, capped by a 56-yard touchdown run by Smith to put Stevenson back in front by two possessions, 28-13 with 5:39 left in the third quarter.
Led by a defense that totaled 13.0 tackles for loss and two sacks, the Mustangs managed to hold off FDU-Florham on its final five possessions, holding the Devils to just 99 yards on 21 plays.
Freshman Tyler Krug (Westminster, Md./Westminster) led Stevenson with six total tackles, including 3.0 for loss, both of the team's sacks and two quarterback hurries. Junior Byron Barnes (Randallstown, Md./Western Tech) also had 3.0 tackles for loss while freshman Alpha Jalloh (New Carrollton, Md./Annapolis Area) had an 51-yard interception return to end FDU-Florham's final possession.