URBANA, Ohio — A historic evening took place Thursday as Urbana football topped Charleston 25-21 in front of a record crowd of 3,412 in the first night game ever at UU Stadium.
Urbana won its third straight contest and improves to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in league play. It’s the first three-game win streak since 2013 for the Blue Knights, who now lead the all-time series against Charleston, 4-3. The Golden Eagles drop to 1-4 overall (1-4 MEC).
UU maintained control for most of the game and held the visitors scoreless for 52 minutes. The Blue Knights led 13-0 at halftime following two Josh Cole field goals and an eight-yard touchdown grab by Rodell Rahmaan. The sophomore wideout also hauled a nine-yard TD in the fourth quarter to put the Blue Knights ahead 20-0. A Charleston safety and another Cole field goal from 32 yards made it 25-0 with under 10 minutes to play.
Then, Charleston made a late push with three touchdowns over the final 7:57, including a 16-yard run as time expired, but it wasn’t enough.
UU quarterback Tajuan Green completed 19 of 38 passes for 269 yards and two scores. He’s thrown two TD passes in four straight outings. Three Blue Knight receivers had at least 60 receiving yards, including Rahmaan (62), Trevon Saunders (106) and Shemar Hooks (82). Hooks set up UU’s first touchdown in the second quarter with a 49-yard catch and run down the UU sideline, which was keyed by huge block from Philip Dozier.
Maurice Warren Jr. carried 17 times for 68 yards against the league’s top-ranked run defense. Both teams were held to under 100 rushing yards on the night.
UU’s defense continued its strong play with four sacks, led by linebackers Duray Hall (eight tackles, sack) and Josh Dillard (five tackles, sack). Roman Sneed and Andre Cliff each had interceptions, as the Blue Knight defense made big plays through the first three quarters to force UC into seven turnovers (five fumbles, two interceptions). A sixth UC fumble was recovered by the Golden Eagles in the end zone for a safety.
Charleston quarterback Colar Kuhns finished 16 of 31 for 225 yards, hooking up with wideout Delahoussaey on seven balls for 115 yards and a 55-yard TD.