With the Falcons punting out of their end zone, the Golden Eagles knew they had a chance for a block.
"We thought we had an opportunity to go after it,'' said Kirkland. "It was something that [UC assistant] Coach [George] Shehl worked on all week, and he felt good about it, and he called it, and the guys executed.''
On the second play after Fairmont's ensuing kickoff, Roberts broke free on a 45-yard touchdown run, breaking assorted tackles along the way, to give UC a 16-7 edge and move him closer to a school record.
Roberts, a senior from Madison, rushed 24 times for 148 yards to break DaRante Hunter's career rushing mark of 2,292 yards. Roberts' total stands at 2,338 with six games to go.
UC, which entered the game ranked eighth in West Virginia Conference total defense with a 443.5 per-game average, permitted just one serious Fairmont threat.
The Falcons (1-4), who defeated West Liberty last week, drove to the UC 14 in the third quarter but settled for a 31-yard Johnny Dearstine field goal.
The Falcons scored their only TD on Ryland Newman's 38-yard punt return in the first quarter and finished with just 229 yards of offense.
The Golden Eagles led 16-7 at halftime and scored on their first possession of the second half, a 16-play, 68-yard drive capped by Knox's 1-yard run.
"They're in full swing,'' said Fairmont coach Mike Lopez. "I give all the credit to Pat and George. I know those guys pretty well, and they do a great job. I hope they continue to do well. Internally, we've got a great group of guys. The guys are really playing hard and giving us all they've got. It just wasn't enough today. We had some costly mistakes, and we're just continuing to grow up.''
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.