Blue Knight Football News Feed
UU Suffers 1st Homecoming Loss in 6 Years
On a wet and dreary Homecoming Saturday, the Urbana University football team dropped its sixth straight conference game, falling 44-14 to West Liberty University. The six-game conference losing streak is Urbana’s longest since the 2001 season, and the Homecoming loss was Urbana’s first since the 2008 campaign.
Trailing 37-0 in the fourth quarter, Urbana freshman QB Colby Speice connected with La’Velle Spivey and Joe Saffold for a pair of touchdown passes. Saffold finished with 7 catches for 87 yards. Urbana only punted twice on the afternoon, but three interceptions and three lost fumbles set the visitors up with fantastic field position. Read More
Football Preview: West Liberty @ UrbanaOct. 16th, 2014
The Urbana University football team (1-5, 1-5 MEC) has high hopes of celebrating a Homecoming win this Saturday when the Blue Knights welcome the Hilltoppers from West Liberty University (3-3, 3-2 MEC) to UU Stadium at 12:05 p.m.
Urbana has won 11 of its last 12 Homecoming games, including 5 in a row. Last year, Urbana knocked off Concord 22-10 in front of the largest crowd of the season. Last week, unfortunately, Urbana started slow against a nationally ranked and undefeated Concord squad. The 23rd ranked Mountain Lions turned an early 20-0 advantage into a 50-20 win. UU's Kelly Carter earned Mountain East Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors after racking up over 160 all-purpose yards in the loss, including a 97-yard kick return for a TD. The 97-yard scamper is the second longest kick return in league history, trailing only Carter's 100-yard return from a season ago. True freshman quarterback Colby Spiece made his first collegiate start in the loss, throwing two touchdowns to senior tight end La'Velle Spivey. Speice is set to start again against the Hilltoppers on Homecoming. Read More
Hopkins Named Honorary Captain for HomecomingOct. 16th, 2014
During the 2014 season, the Urbana University football team will name honorary captains before each home game. These honorary captains will take the field prior to kickoff with current Blue Knight captains for the coin toss. There will also be an opportunity for the honorary captain to speak with the team prior to each home game.
Head Coach David Taynor has appointed Urbana University Hall of Famer Theodore "Trip" Hopkins as the Week 7 Honorary Captain vs. West Liberty University. Hopkins became the 21st member and 3rd Blue Knight football player inducted into the UU Hall of Fame on January 24, 2004. Hopkins was the first Blue Knight to earn NAIA First Team All-American honors after leading the nation in punt returns (16.7 yards per return) in 1993. He was also nationally ranked in kickoff returns, earning an NAIA All-District 22 selection as well. In 1994, he was named a preseason All-American as a special teamer. Hopkins was also an All-Conference and All-District wide receiver for the Blue Knights. Read More
Carter Named MEC Special Teams Player of the WeekOct. 13th, 2014
Rahmann Lee (Glenville State), Earon Settle (Glenville State) and Kelly Carter (Urbana) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors.
Carter, a sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, is the Special Teams Player of the Week after recording 161 all-purpose yards against No. 23 Concord. Carter had a 97-yard kickoff return against the Mountain Lions, which is second only to his 100-yard kickoff return last season in MEC history. Read More
#23 Concord Claws Past UU 50-20Oct. 11th, 2014
A year ago, the Urbana University football team was a day away from enjoying a 22-10 Homecoming victory over Concord University. On Saturday, Urbana experienced what it feels like on the opposite side in a 50-20 loss at Concord during the Mountain Lions’ Homecoming.
The undefeated and nationally ranked Mountain Lions built a 20-0 lead one play into the second quarter. Concord entered Saturday’s contest averaging over 50 points per game. The country’s fourth highest scoring unit appeared to be on their way to another rout, but Blue Knight return man Kelly Carter helped Urbana stop the bleeding. Carter (pictured) took the ensuing kickoff back 97 yards to get the Blue Knights on the board. Read More