Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Spitzlberger and sophomore receiver Kyle Kaiser had big days as the Nebraska-Kearney football team rolled past Western State, 44-15, Saturday afternoon in Gunnison, Colo.
The RMAC opener for both, UNK snaps a two-game losing streak while Western State falls to 0-2 on the young season. The Lopers also stop a 10-game losing streak, dating back to a 2002 win over Nebraska-Omaha, on television/national video webcasts.
UNK could’ve scored eight more points but a long TD catch by Kaiser, and a short scoring run by freshman running back Rustin Dring (Kearney), were called back due to penalties. Both of those drives ended with Geoff Carnahan (Kearney Catholic) field goals.
UNK took the opening kickoff and marched right down the field to take a 7-0 lead. A short TD catch from Kaiser made it 14-0 Lopers later in the first quarter.
Western scored the next nine of the game’s next 16 points, scoring six on a TD catch right before halftime. On the ensuing kickoff, junior corner Mike Neal (Brentwood, Calif.) had a long return to setup a short Carnahan field goal to give UNK a 24-9 half time advantage.
It was another busy day for Carnahan. Besides scoring 14 kicking points, he threw a pass on a fake punt play and also rushed for a first down on a fake field goal play. Both drives resulted in UNK scores.