Cornell falls in 127th rivalry game with Coe
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Football - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

CEDAR RAPIDS – Cornell played even for one quarter, but the Coe Kohawks broke away in the second and wound up a 59-21 victor Saturday at Clark Field in the 127th edition of the oldest college football rivalry west of the Mississippi.

The Rams (1-1) had momentum on their side after quarterback James Douglas dashed 10 yards for a touchdown that tied the game with 2:31 left in the opening period, capping a nine-play, 81-yard drive. Cornell had an opportunity on the ensuing possession when Malek Folston (SO/Melbourne, Fla.) intercepted a pass at the Coe 37.

Cornell gave the ball back on downs, and the Kohawks (2-0) went on to score 24 unanswered points, bringing the margin to 31-7 early in the third quarter.

The Rams turned the ball over four times in the game, enabling Coe's offense to work on a short field most of the afternoon. The Kohawks' average drive start was their own 46. The home team also held an 11-minute advantage in time of possession.

Cornell accounted for two more rushing touchdowns in the second half. Mickey Hines (SO/Mount Vernon, Iowa) reached pay dirt from 15 yards on a third-quarter run. Devan Clark (SR/Upland, Calif.) crossed the goal line on a four-yard run early in the fourth, cutting the deficit to 45-21.

Clark's TD was set up by an 85-yard kickoff return by Folston, who totaled 156 yards on six runbacks. Clark netted 93 yards on two kickoff returns, including a 60-yarder.

Douglas, the reigning Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week, finished with a team-high 55 yards rushing on 14 carries. He was 10-of-29 passing for 168 yards with three picks.

Blake MacDowall (SR/Phoenix, Ariz.) had three receptions for 62 yards. Cheyenne Minot (SO/West Palm Beach, Fla.) added two catches for 61 yards.  

David Johnson (SO/Phoenix, Ariz.) led the Ram defense with a career-high 13 tackles, highlighted by 10 solo stops. Milton Spradley (JR/Sorrento, Fla.) finished with 12 tackles. Folston's fine all-around game included seven tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception from his cornerback position.  

The Rams were outgained in total yards, 615-292. Coe amassed 404 yards on the ground.

At halftime, Cornell Director of Athletics Keith Hackett was presented the Bremner Cup All-Sport Trophy for the Rams, who won the 2016-17 head-to-head competition with Coe 8-7. With Saturday's outcome, the Rams now lead this year's series, 2-1.

Coming up – Cornell enters a bye week before welcoming Midwest Conference North Division foe Beloit for Homecoming Sept. 23 at Ash Park Stadium. Kickoff is 2 p.m.

Final1234F
Cornell College (1-1)707721
Coe College (2-0)717142159
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cornell CollegeIndv. LeadersCoe College
#1 James Douglas - 55Rushing #31 Tino Green - 192
#1 James Douglas - 168Passing #12 Zach Andre - 155
#5 Blake MacDowall - 62Receiving #4Z Tyler Schamel - 64
Cornell CollegeTeam StatisticsCoe College
124Rushing Yards 404
168Passing Yards 211
4Turnovers 2
24:31Possesion Time 35:29