Michael Schuster kicked five field goals to tie a school record and the University of North Alabama defense recorded a shutout as the Lions downed Kentucky Christian 39-0 in front of a crowd of 10,913 at Braly Stadium.
UNA, now 2-1, led 20-0 at the half on a combination of one touchdown, a missed extra-point, four field goals and a safety. The Lions then got four more scores in the second half, including a second safety. Kentucky Christian, held to just 181 total yards in the game, falls to 2-1.
The Lions rushed for 391 yards and gained 520 total yards, led by quarterback Chris Alexander. The junior rushed for 104 yards on 20 carries and was eight-of-18 passing for 129 yards. Chris Coffey carried eight times for 98 yards.
UNA got on the board first on a 29-yard Schuster field goal at the 10:22 mark of the first quarter. Alexander then scored the Lions' first touchdown on a nine-yard run at 2:17 of the first period, capping a seven-play, 65-yard drive. Schuster's PAT was blocked and UNA led 9-0.
Late in the first period, Schuster had a punt downed at the KCU one-yard line and the Lions Dimitri Orr recorded a safety on the next play, tackling the Knight's quarterback Graham Johnston in the end zone. The safety came with 13 seconds left in the first period and made it 11-0.
UNA's offense sputtered in the red zone in the second period but Schuster kicked three field goals – from 44, 50 and 46 yards. The last kick came on the final play of the half and made it 20-0 at intermission.
In the second half UNA got a 37-yard field goal from Schuster at 4:26 of the third period as he tied a school record for field goals made in a game. He shares the mark with David Hogan (1969) and Yuta Fukuda (2005). He also tied the Fukuda's mark of six field goals attempted in a game.
Jamarcus Goodloe scored on a nine-yard run with 6:28 left in the game and Diamond Simmons scored on a 76-yard run with 3:32 left to make it 37-0. The final score of the game came on a safety with 1:47 left to make the final count 39-0.