Archive | October, 2010


Colonels picks up Homecomming win

Posted on 31 October 2010 by admin

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team went on top by a touchdown with four minutes left in the game and then stopped Murray State University on fourth down with 37 seconds left for a 28-21 Homecoming victory Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.

EKU (3-5, 2-2 OVC) has now won nine of the last 10 meetings against the Racers (3-5, 2-3).

After a third-down sack by redshirt freshman Anthony Brown pushed the Racers back to their own five yard line, the Colonels got the ball at the Murray 38-yard line with 5:26 left in the game. Quarterback T.J. Pryor picked up eight yards on the first play, but EKU gained just one more yard on the next two plays. On 4th-and-1, Pryor found a hole on the left side and raced in from 29 yards out for the go-ahead score with 4:19 on the clock.

EKU forced the Racers to punt on their next possession, but the Colonel offense couldn’t pick up a first down and gave the ball back with 2:58 left to play. MSU drove to the Eastern 21 yard line, but Casey Brockman was sacked by junior Emory Attig for an eight-yard loss. On 3rd-and-18, sophomore Brooklyn Fox nearly intercepted the ball at the goal line before it fell to the ground. Brockman’s fourth down pass was caught on the sideline but the receiver couldn’t stay inbounds.

Murray State entered the game averaging 34.7 points and more than 400 yards per game. The Racers finished with 373 yards, including 290 through the air, but converted just four of their 19 third downs.

Pryor rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns while completing 10-of-17 pass attempts for 140 yards. Sophomore Orlandus Harris caught five passes for 74 yards.

For Murray State, Brockman went 31-for-56 for 299 yards but did not toss a touchdown pass. Mike Harris ran for 63 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Racers.

On its first possession of the game, Murray State drove 80 yards on seven plays in 1:21 to grab the early lead. Harris finished off the drive with a two-yard touchdown run. The Colonels answered with a scoring drive of their own, moving 80 yards on eight plays in 3:37. Pryor covered the final seven yards on two rushes, including a 3-yard touchdown run.

After the Racers moved ahead by three on a field goal with 11:24 left in the second quarter, Eastern added two touchdowns to take an 11-point lead into the locker room at the break.

Redshirt freshman Shawn Shupperd helped out the Colonel offense when he tipped a Brockman pass into the air and picked it off at the MSU 17 yard line. Junior H.B. Banjoman carried for 11 yards on the first play and then finished it off three plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run. The extra-point made it 14-10 in favor of Eastern Kentucky.

EKU had a chance to run out the clock in the final minute of the first half and settle for a four-point lead at the break. However, on 1st-and-10, Pryor found Harris down the left side from 49 yards away to put the home team in front 21-10.

Murray State closed the gap to three, 21-18, with the only score of the third quarter. Mike Harris scored from a yard out for his second touchdown of the game. Josh Brown connected with Marcus Harris on the two-point conversion to get the Racers within a field goal of tying the game.

Eastern did not have a first down in the third quarter and was out-gained 106 to 13 by Murray State.

With 9:34 left in the game, MSU got the game tying field goal. Kienan Cullen converted the three-pointer from 43 yards out.

The Colonels will host No. 2 Jacksonville State next Saturday, Nov. 6. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.

–The game featured a match-up of Murray State’s OVC leading passing offense (307 ypg) and EKU’s passing defense (233.4 ypg), which ranked last in the conference entering the game. The Racers finished with 290 passing yards.

–T.J. Pryor’s first quarter touchdown was his sixth rushing score of the season. His second quarter scoring toss was also his sixth touchdown pass of the season. Pryor added his seventh rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

–Shawn Shupperd’s second quarter interception was the first of his career.

–Orlandus Harris caught his third touchdown pass of the season in the second quarter.

–T.J. Pryor’s 49-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter was the longest completion of the year for the Colonels.

–Anthony Brown’s sack on 3rd-and-10 in the fourth quarter gives the redshirt freshman 5.5 sacks this season. He’s had at least one sack in five of the last six games.

–EKU needs three more league victories to reach the 300 milestone. The Colonels are now 297-116-7 all-time in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Colonels lose 40-21 to SEMO

Posted on 25 October 2010 by admin

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. — The first place Southeast Missouri Redhawks, paced by quarterback Matt Scheible and tailback Henry Harris, blasted the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 40-21, Saturday afternoon at Houck Stadium.
Scheible threw three touchdowns and Harris ran for one score and caught a TD pass in keeping SEMO perfect in the Ohio Valley Conference at 6-0 with the win.  The Colonels drop to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the OVC.

The Redhawks scored quickly, putting 20 points up just 13 minutes into the game to go up 20-0 with 2:41 left in the first quarter.  Eastern responded with 14 second quarter points on a one-yard run by tailback H.B. Banjoman  which culminated a 14-play, 78-yard drive and a 38-yard pass from quarterback T.J. Pryor to receiver Orlandus Harris that made it 20-14 at the break.

Eastern’s only score of the second half was a 98-yard kickoff return by Ta’Ta’ Caldwell in the third quarter pulling EKU to within 30-21.  The Redhawks put the game away with the final 10 points on a 23-yard TD reception by tailback Nathan Grass and a 30-yard field goal by Drew Goldbach with only 4:54 to go.

For EKU, Pryor was the team’s top rusher with 28 yards, while freshman QB Jacob Russell had 27 yards.  Pryor hit 11-20 for 139 yards for one TD and three interceptions.  Harris topped EKU receivers with seven catches for 112 yards.

Scheible was 9-10 for 177 yards through the air.  Harris picked up 112 yards on the ground for the Redhawks, now 7-1.
Eastern hosts Murray State for Homecoming Oct. 30, while SEMO entertains UT Martin in its Homecoming contest Saturday.

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Colonels drop 10-7 decision to UT Martin

Posted on 17 October 2010 by admin

MARTIN, TN.  — In a contest highlighted by big defensive plays, two huge defensive stands by Tennessee-Martin and four penalties in the last seven minutes of the game by Eastern Kentucky propelled the UT Martin Skyhawks to a 10-7 victory over EKU before a Homecoming crowd of 5,330 at UTM’s Graham Stadium.
Following a 44-yard punt by the Skyhawks’ Joe Hook that rolled dead on the Eastern four-yard line with 11:36 to go in the game, Eastern lost one yard in its next three plays, forcing the Colonels’ Jordan Berry to punt from his end zone.
After Berry’s 37-yard punt took the ball to the Eastern 43-yard line, Skyhawk quarterback Derek Carr found senior Daniel Chamberlain down the right sideline for a 28-yard touchdown that gave UT Martin its first lead of the game at 10-7.
Junior kick returner Jeremy Ta’Ta’ Caldwell did his best to get EKU back in the game when he returned the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to the Skyhawk 26-yard line with 4:57 left.  However, after moving the ball to the UT Martin 17-yard line, Eastern had a false start, a minus eight-yard rushing attempt on an end around by Orlandus Harris and two straight losses by quarterback T.J. Pryor on a rush and a sack which put the ball on the Skyhawk 35-yard line.
Eastern kicker Logan O’Connor’s 53-yard field goal was short and the Skyhawks took over the ball and ran the last 2:11 off the clock.
EKU was first on the scoreboard, going 65 yards in 15 plays in the second quarter as Pryor took it in for one yard to put Eastern up 7-0 with 14:57 left before half.  A 29-yard field goal by the Skyhawks’ Cody Sandlin with 11:42 left in the second stanza was the only scoring play in the game.
UT Martin kept Pryor in check for the contest, as the sophomore was able hit just 4-10 passes for 33 yards.  Freshman Jacob Russell, who had spot duty, was 6-9 for 70 yards through the air.  Junior H.B. Banjoman led Colonel rushers with 70 yards in 15 carries.
Carr was 15-25 passing for UT Martin for 290 yards.  Stephen Shiver had six catches for 93 yards.  Sophomore tailback Tevin Barksdale led Skyhawk rushers with 50 yards on nine carries.
On defense, cornerbacks Jaren Gooden and Caldwell had fumble recoveries for the Colonels, while senior defensive tackle Andrew Soucy had two sacks and caused a fumble.
The Skyhawk win was the first in the series for UT Martin in this, the 21st game of the series.  EKU falls to 2-4 on the year, 1-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while UTM goes to 3-4 and 3-2 in the conference.
Eastern travels to Southeast Missouri next Saturday for a 2:00 p.m. contest.  UT Martin hosts Lambuth Thursday night.

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Colonels look to remain perfect against UT-Martin

Posted on 16 October 2010 by admin

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (2-3, 1-0 OVC)
at UT Martin Skyhawks (2-4, 2-2 OVC)
Saturday, Oct. 16 • 2:00 p.m. CT
Graham Stadium (7,500) • Martin, Tenn.
TV:  OVCSports.TV
Live Stats:
Series Record: Eastern Kentucky leads 20-0
Last Meeting: Eastern Kentucky won 31-25 (10/17/09)
Dean Hood at Eastern Kentucky: 15-13 (3 yrs.)
Dean Hood Overall: same
Jason Simpson at UT Martin: 28-24 (5 yrs.)
Jason Simpson Overall: same
Eastern Kentucky Last Week:W, 35-7 vs. Eastern Illinois
UT Martin Last Week: L, 30-20 vs. #3 Jacksonville State

GAME NOTES: Eastern Kentucky and UT Martin will meet for the 21st time on the gridiron on Saturday. The first 20 meetings have all gone in favor of the Colonels who have never lost to the Skyhawks. Despite never having lost to UTM, the last three years have all been close, with EKU winning by a combined 11 points, including blocking a potential game-winning field goal at the end of the game in 2008 (a 33-31 victory that gave EKU the OVC Championship).
Last year’s game saw the two teams combine for 29 points in the fourth quarter, as UTM tried to overcome a 21-6 third quarter deficit. T.J. Pryor passed for 235 yards and two touchdowns while C.J. Walker rushed for 84 yards and a score. UTM’s Cade Thompson passed for 334 yards and three scores, but had four interceptions and was sacked twice.

: Eastern Kentucky ran its winning streak to two games with a convincing 35-7 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday night at Roy Kidd Stadium. It marked fourth-straight victory for the Colonels over the Panthers dating back to the 2007 season. EKU ran for a season-high 287 yards, held EIU to 29 rushing yards and forced the Panthers into a season-high six turnovers in the contest. Over the past two weeks Eastern Kentucky has out-rushed its opponents 573-74.
Quarterback T.J. Pryor completed nine passes for 85 yards and a touchdown, but carried the ball 11 times for 78 years (7.1 yards/carry) and three touchdowns. Kyle Lumpkin added 73 yards rushing while Matt Denham had 60, including a run of 51 yards. Defensively Andrew Soucy had four tackles, including 2.5 tackles-for-loss and Shawn Shupperd was in on 1.5 sacks. With the victory the Colonels improved to 45-18 all-time in OVC openers and are now 296-114-7 all-time in OVC contests. The program needs four more Conference wins to become the first OVC team to reach that milestone.

: UT Martin played the third-ranked team in the country tough on Saturday, out-gaining JSU 427-267 in total offense, but eventually lost 30-20 to Jacksonville State. The Skyhawks fell behind 30-6 early in the third quarter before scoring two touchdowns to trim the margin to 10 points; a final drive  ended near mid-field when the team turned the ball over on downs. It was the first time that JSU had topped UT Martin in Martin since the 2004 season. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Derek Carr had his second 300-yard passing game of the season as he completed 31-of-50 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
Carr connected with Bryant Milligan for a 42-yard score and Daniel Chamberlain for a six-yard touchdown. Senior Josh Bey had his second-straight 12-tackle game, netting nine solo stops and adding a sack. Bey has 286 tackles in his UTM career. Sophomore Cody Sandlin made a career-long field goal of 42 yards in the game; he leads the Skyhawks in scoring this season.

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