Said Kirkland, "It was something we saw on film. We worked on it all week. I thought Zach Wellman did a great job of executing it. He made a nice cut and set up his blocks.''
UC (6-4, 6-2 Mountain East Conference) totaled 439 yards of offense, including 311 on the ground, and did not allow the Falcons past midfield until they recovered a Golden Eagle fumble at the UC 48 late in the first half.
The Golden Eagles also picked up Torie Wagner's 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the second half. That made the score 33-0.
The Falcons (2-7, 1-7), who averaged 305 yards offensively through their first eight games, finished with just 141, including only 19 on 22 rushing attempts. They completed 15 of 29 passes for 122 yards. At halftime, they had just 52 total yards.
"It was probably the best full game we've played this season, just four quarters,'' said Kirkland. "That's special teams, offense, defense, I thought they did a nice job. We had some guys down, and so some of the young kids stepped up and did a great job.''
Sophomore quarterback John Knox, playing in place of the injured Maurice Leak, carried 16 times for 115 yards and hit 7 of 14 passes for 104 yards, including two TD throws to Henry. Before he suffered a leg injury early in the game, Leak connected with Knox on a 24-yard scoring pass to open the game.
Leak, a senior, is day-to-day with the season finale on Saturday at Urbana.
"I felt bad for Maurice,'' said Kirkland. "It was senior day, and he's put in so much time, and he's dedicated a lot to this football program and I really wanted him to see him have a great day.''
Reach Mike Whiteford at mikewhitef...@wvgazette.com.