Kauffman saves the day for Adams State [Football]

October 15, 2013

Justin Kaufman

With the game on the line, Adams State University gave the ball to Justin Kauffman of Anchorage.

And he knew what to do.

The former Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year accounted for the final 38 yards on the winning drive, capped by the go-ahead touchdown run with 52 seconds left to highlight a 49-43 homecoming victory over Black Hills State University in Colorado.

Kauffman, of West High fame, converted a 4th-and-1 run on the play before he scored the winning TD on a 10-yard run.

“It was a good play call for us,” he told me. “We called a speed option to the left into the boundary. They blitzed the outside backer into the B gap, which took him out of the play. He’s probably the only guy who could get that tackle if it was executed correctly and because of that our quarterback pitched off of the end for a much-needed end of the game score.”

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound running back finished with 150 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns, catching a 6-yard scoring pass with 46 seconds left in the second quarter.

Kauffman didn’t just win the game he may have saved the season.

Adams State [4-2] had lost its previous two games 48-7 to Colorado State-Pueblo and 31-0 to Chadron State, so if there was a team that needed a win, it was the Grizzlies.

“It felt really good for the team as a whole because the previous two weeks didn’t go the way that we wanted and we needed to get on the right track and gain our confidence back,” he said.