Ferguson TDs key Cougars’ upset of Indy
When asked if beating the University of Indianapolis on Saturday was special to him, St. Xavier University senior running back Khary Ferguson responded with a hearty, “Yes, sir!”
Obviously, scoring a win over the No. 15-ranked team in NCAA Division II was memorable for everyone on the Cougars’ roster. Elevating it even more in Ferguson’s eyes, was his status as an Indianapolis native.
The Greyhounds weren’t interested in recruiting Ferguson even before he injured his knee and required surgery early in his senior high school season. When the matchup at Bruce R. Deaton Field was over, however, they likely wished they had.
SXU’s offense wasn’t a juggernaut, but Ferguson gave it exactly what it needed: productivity to complement the Cougars’ strong defensive play. He racked up 63 rushing yards on nine carries and reached the Indianapolis end zone twice, including on a fancy 29-yard sprint in the opening quarter.
Behind Ferguson’s heroics, two Abdul Mahdi field goals and that aforementioned prevention unit, SXU had enough in its arsenal to knock off the Greyhounds 19-14 and avenge a lopsided 2013 loss.
Before the contest Cougars coach Mike Feminis had warned his players that “nobody better be surprised three hours from now after we’ve won the game,” and Ferguson said Feminis’ confidence in his players went a long way.