Former Roadrunner shines in showdown versus Heisman candidate

BY MICHAEL CARPENTER

SPORTS EDITOR

 

After starting the season off as the backup quarterback for the University of Kentucky, former Roadrunner Stephen Johnson has found himself as the starting quarterback of a team set to face-off against Georgia Tech University in the Taxslayer Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016.

The highlight of the season so far has been 41-38 duel versus the number 11 ranked team in college football, the University of Louisville Cardinals and sophomore Heisman award front-runner quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The game was full of high-octane offense, with the lead changing multiple times throughout the game.

Louisville would go into halftime clinging onto a 24-21 lead but Kentucky would grind the game out and fight their way to a tie-game late in the fourth quarter when Jackson fumbled on the Kentucky 10 yard line.

That’s when Johnson led the offense downfield for the eventual Austin MacGinnis game-winning field goal with 12 seconds left in the contest.

Johnson outshined the Heisman award candidate Jackson on this day by throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns while adding 83 yards rushing on eight attempts.

Jackson had 283 yards passing and two touchdowns while also adding three interceptions and a fumble. He also rushed for 171 yards with two touchdowns in the game, showing his athleticism that has led to him being an award favorite.

With one more game before the off-season, Johnson plans to give it his all and bring a victory to end the 7-5 season on a sweet note. With one more season of eligibility at Kentucky, remember to keep an eye out for the former Roadrunner.

Stephen Johnson looks for a open receiver. Photo courtesy of AP Images
Stephen Johnson throws a pass during a recent victory. Photo Courtesy of AP Images

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