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Colonels drop to 0-3 to start season

Colonels drop to 0-3 to start season

Posted on 19 September 2010 by admin

CHATTANOOGA, Tn. — Paced by the passing tandem of sophomore quarterback B.J. Coleman and junior flanker Joel Bradford, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs exploded for 42 points in rolling to a 42-24 victory over the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels Saturday night in Chattanooga. Coleman threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, while Bradford caught 11 passes for 254 yards and one TD as the Mocs won their first game of the season to go 1-2 on the year. Eastern’s sophomore quarterback T.J. Pryor, nursing a sore groin, was 27-41 through the air to lead Eastern. Sophomore wideout Orlandus Harris caught 10 passes for 77 yards and caught a 10-yard scoring strike from Pryor to pull Eastern within 35-16 with 6:07 left in the third quarter. The Colonels cut it to 35-24 midway through the final stanza after Marcus Williams blocked UTC punter Mike Hammons’ punt and redshirt freshman defensive end Shawn Shupperd scooped up the ball and rambled 25 yards to paydirt. However, the Mocs responded and put the game away with a nine-play, 86-yard drive that took 4:42 off the clock and culminated when freshman runningback Keon Williams went up the middle four yards to put the final points on the board and send Eastern to an 0-3 start to the season. Tyrone Goard scored Eastern’s first touchdown of the night when he hauled in a six-yard pass from Pryor with 13:31 to go in the second quarter as EKU closed the gap to 14-9. The Mocs lengthened that margin out to 28-9 later in the second quarter on a six-yard TD reception by Marlon Anthony and a two-yard run by senior tailback Erroll Wynn. H.B. Banjoman and Kyle Lumpkin led Eastern in rushing with 21 and 18 yards, respectively. Wynn led Chattanooga in rushing with 122 yards on the ground. After an open date, Eastern will play its first home game of the season, Oct. 2, when it hosts Kentucky State in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Roy Kidd Stadium. Chattanooga travels to Western Carolina next Saturday.

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Lucheon Notes

Posted on 17 September 2010 by admin

No decision on T.J. Pryor has been made yet. He has been improving over the week, adding a little bit to his workouts each day. Thursday was going to be the day to see if he could put it all together and play this weekend. They may not push him to much considering they have a bye week after the Chattanooga game.

Brendon Gregory has been taking a lot of reps this week in practice in case Pryor can’t go.

Jordan Dalrymple was sick during the Louisville game but is back at 100 percent now.

Hood said he thinks the three toughest games they will play all year are the first three with maybe the exception of Jacksonville State.

Justin Bell is still in limbo but it doesn’t look good. Hood doesn’t expect him to play this year.

Chris Krack will be back this weekend after sitting out for a 1 game suspension for violating team rules.

Ronnie Letcher has been suspended indefinitely. Don’t know how many games and it’s a wait and see approach. Coach said that we don’t condone his actions.

Coach said he has been pleased with the improvement of the offensive line this year. He said his gut tells him they will be ok and that they are playing some tough competition right now.

Looking at the rest of the OVC, Hood said he felt good since EKU was the team that had their quarterback back. EIU lost Jake Christensen, Jacksonville State lost Ryan Perrilloux and Cade Thompson at UT Martin.


You can hear the complete audio of Coach Hood’s luncheon here.

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Cards use 2nd quarter to defeat Colonels

Posted on 12 September 2010 by admin

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Despite a game-ending injury to sophomore starting quarterback T.J. Pryor in the third quarter, Eastern Kentucky still came up with 13 second half points, but fell short against the University of Louisville Cardinals, 23-13, at UofL’s Papa John’s Stadium Saturday afternoon.
Louisville broke open a scoreless game on the second play of the second quarter when senior tailback Bilal Powell took it into the end zone on a two-yard run which culminated a nine-play, 75-yard drive, making it 7-0 Cardinals at the 14:40 mark of the second period.  Six minutes later the Cardinal defense added a safety when the Colonels were called for offensive holding in the end zone to up the tally to 9-0 Cards.
The Cardinals, who scored all 23 of their points in the second stanza, added to its lead when senior quarterback Adam Froman found senior flanker Doug Beaumont open on a deep post pattern for a 42-yard TD pass, and with 3:12 left until the half, the lead widened to a 16-0 Cardinal advantage.
Following a short punt, Louisville took over at midfield and used six plays for its third TD of the second quarter when Powell scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run with just 38 seconds left before the break.
That was it for Louisville putting points on the scoreboard for the game.
EKU junior cornerback Jeremy “Ta’Ta'” Caldwell got the Colonels on the scoreboard when he jumped an out-route by UofL wideout Andrell Smith and scampered 80 yards to paydirt.  A Logan O’Connor extra point closed the deficit to 23-7 with 5:00 left in the third quarter.  Also, in this stanza, head coach Dean Hood made the decision to put an injured Pryor (groin) on the bench, thus putting redshirt freshman Brendan Gregory into his first collegiate game.  The youngster from Erlanger Lloyd High School in northern Kentucky stepped up and played very well for his first collegiate action.
“I couldn’t be more proud of a young man,” said Hood of Gregory.  “To be put in that situation in front of 50,000 fans, he played super.  He gave us quality reps while he was in there.  You couldn’t ask any more of a guy for his first game in college.”
EKU closed the margin late in the game when Eastern’s drive was kept alive for a roughing the kicker penalty giving Eastern a first down at midfield.  Sophomore runningback transfer Matt Denham put Eastern in business when he went off left tackle and jetted 41 yards to the UofL eight-yard line.  Eastern moved to the one-yard line where Gregory rolled out to the right and found Air Force transfer Kyle Lumpkin in the end zone for a TD toss, closing the gap to 23-13.
Things really got interesting when Gregory hit sophomore Tyrone Goard for a two-point conversion.  However, EKU was whistled for offensive interference, negating the two points and moving the ball out to the 18-yard line where a second two-point try was unsuccessful.
Eastern still wasn’t finished, however.  An onside kick by O’Connor hit a UofL player and he fell on the ball at the EKU 39-yard line.  Gregory’s pass on third down was intercepted and that was the ball game.  Louisville had secured head coach Charlie Strong’s first victory at Louisville, 23-13, over Eastern Kentucky.
Pryor was 7-14 through the air for the Colonels for 91 yards, while Gregory was 4-9 for 47 yards.  Sophomore wideout Orlandus Harris led EKU with five catches for 70 yards.  Denham led Eastern with 48 yards on the ground.
Defensively, Eastern, who held Louisville to 98 second half yards, was paced by sophomore safety Brooklyn Fox with six tackles.
Froman was 15-23 for 219 yards for Louisville, while Powell totaled 95 yards on the ground.
EKU, 0-2 on the year, will travel to Chattanooga next Saturday for a 6:00 p.m. game.  Louisville, 1-1, plays at Oregon State next Saturday.

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EKU – UofL game notes

Posted on 10 September 2010 by admin

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-1, 0-0 OVC)
at Louisville Cardinals (0-1, 0-0 Big East)
Saturday, Sept. 11 • 2:30 p.m. CT
Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium (57,000) • Louisville, Ky.
TV:…. WHAS// Sports
Live Stats:
Series Record:…. Louisville leads 16-8-1
Last Meeting:… Louisville won 24-14 (8/31/91)
Dean Hood at Eastern Kentucky:…. 13-11 (3 yrs.)
Dean Hood Overall:…. same
Charlie Strong at Louisville:… 0-1 (1 yr.)
Charlie Strong Overall:….. same
EKU Last Week:.. L, 31-9 at Missouri State
Louisville Last Week:….. L, 23-16 vs. Kentucky

GAME NOTES: For the 11th-straight season and 20th time overall Eastern Kentucky is facing a team from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). EKU is 4-15 in those contests since 1978 with its last win over a FBS team coming in 1985, a 45-21 victory over Louisville. The in-state foes have played 25 times over the years, but not since the 1991 season. The series dates all the way back to a 1927 meeting which UofL won 21-13 in Richmond.

SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky is looking to rebound from its season-opening loss at Missouri State, a game which was delayed a day due to bad weather. EKU was set to open the season Thursday night before a line of thunderstorms that contained lightning postponed the game until 1 p.m. on Friday. Despite losing the game sophomore quarterback T.J. Pryor, a Louisville native, passed for a career-high 315 yards in the loss. It was the first time since the 2007 season (Allan Holland) that the Colonels had a quarterback break the 300-yard mark. During the game the EKU defense blocked a Missouri State punt; a season ago the Colonels led the OVC with 10 blocked kicks (punt, field goal or PAT) while recording at least one in seven of the 11 games of the 2009 season. One of the team’s key defensive players, cornerback Jeremy Caldwell (who is on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List) was limited to just a few players in the fourth quarter; the junior is recovering from a hernia. Senior kicker Logan O’Connor did make 3-of-4 field goals in the game, including a 47-yarder into the wind to end the first half.  The loss to Missouri State did extend the team’s losing streak in road non-conference games to 17 games; EKU has not won a road non-conference tilt since beating Liberty on Nov. 2, 2002.

SCOUTING LOUISVILLE: Louisville opened up its first season under new head coach Charlie Strong a week ago with rival Kentucky, falling to the Wildcats 23-16 at the newly expanded Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The game was played in front of a PJCS record 55,327 fans. UofL fell behind early but trimmed the advantage in the second half to make it a seven-point contest. Senior running back Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 153 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter. The Cards were strong on special teams, as junior kicker Chris Philpott hit 3-of-3 field goal attempts, including a long of 44 yards. Senior quarterback Adam Froman completed 14 passes for 129 yards. The Cardinals coach came to Louisville after spending seven seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Florida Gators, including winning two national championships.

Source: Ohio Valley Conference

EKU Game Notes

UofL Game Notes

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Vance earns OVC weekly honor

Vance earns OVC weekly honor

Posted on 08 September 2010 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University freshman Lyndsay Vance was unanimously selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday. Vance recorded a shutout in her first career start on Sunday at Valparaiso, making nine saves and playing all 110 minutes of a hotly-contested double-overtime scoreless draw.

Before Sunday, Valparaiso was off to its best four-game start in program history (3-0-1). The high-scoring Crusaders had scored nine goals in those four games and had not been shutout this year. Vance and the EKU defense changed that as the Colonels recorded their second shutout of 2010.

Vance made her career debut on Friday, playing the final 18 minutes against Wright State without allowing a goal.

The Versailles, Ky. native is the first EKU freshman to win an OVC weekly award since senior Stephanie Lynch was named the OVC Goalkeeper of the Week on Nov. 11, 2007.

The EKU soccer team returns to action this Sunday when it hosts in-state rival Western Kentucky at EKU Soccer Field at 1:00 p.m.

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Missouri State breaks game open in third quarter to beat Colonels

Missouri State breaks game open in third quarter to beat Colonels

Posted on 03 September 2010 by admin

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — The Missouri State University Bears broke open a close game with back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter, sparking the Missouri Valley Conference team to a 31-9 victory over the visiting Eastern Kentucky University Colonels in both teams’ season openers Friday afternoon.

With MSU leading 17-9 in the third quarter, Eastern kicker Logan O’Connor who had booted three first half field goals, missed a 38-yard field goal attempt wide right and the Bears took over on the 20-yard line and proceeded to go on an 80-yard, nine play drive that culminated when MSU quarterback Cody Kirby ran it into the end zone for a three-yard TD, putting MSU up 24-9.  Two Kirby-Jermaine Saffold passes kept the drive alive, one going for 16 yards and the other 10 yards to take the ball to the three-yard line, setting up Kirby’s jaunt into the end zone.

On its next possession following a 22-yard punt return by Julian Burton, Kirby found Saffold down the right sideline for a 28-yard TD pass on the second play from scrimmage extending the MSU lead to 31-9 with 2:40 left in the third stanza.

With Eastern giving up 14 third quarter points, the Colonels’ offense also became stagnant in that period, generating no first downs and only 13 yards.
Although sophomore quarterback T.J. Pryor was 22-47 for 315 yards passing, EKU could not cross the goal line, relying on field goals of 34, 32 and 47 yards for its points.  O’Connor’s 47-yarder, the last play of the first half, cut the Bears’ lead to 17-9 at the break.  However, penalties and an interception kept Eastern off the scoreboard the remainder of the game.
Freshman wideout Tyrone Goard and junior wide receiver Orlandus Harris each had five catches to lead Eastern for 89 and 74 yards, respectively.  Junior transfer tailback Kyle Lumpkin led Eastern rushers with 16 yards.
Defensively, Eastern, who gave up 388 total yards to MSU, was led by safety Patrick McClellan, cornerback Marcus Williams, linebacker Jordan Dalrymple and end Yameen Thomas with seven, seven, six and five tackles, respectively.  Tackles Andrew Soucy and Emory Attig and linebackers Antonio Fredrick and David Carter each had one sack for the Colonels.
Kirby hit 15-25 passes for 199 yards and one TD for the Bears.  Tailback Chris Douglas, who scored in the second quarter on an 86-yard run, had 128 yards on the ground for MSU.
“The third quarter was terrible and the game would have been closer at the half had we not given up that long run,” said EKU head coach Dean Hood.  “We didn’t capitalize on a key play in that third quarter when we blocked the punt and that hurt us.”
EKU travels to the University of Louisville next Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. match with the Cardinals.

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