Archive | November, 2010


Colonels get first road win of the season

Posted on 15 November 2010 by admin

COOKEVILLE, TN. — Eastern Kentucky University sophomore quarterback T.J. Pryor tied a school record with four touchdown passes in leading the Colonels (5-5, 4-2 OVC) to their third straight victory as EKU defeated Tennessee Tech 42-29 in a shootout at Overall Field at TTU Saturday afternoon.
Pryor tossed two touchdown passes to sophomore wideout Orlandus Harris of 13 and 55 yards and two more scoring tosses of 39 and five yards to sophomore wide receiver Tyrone Goard.  Pryor also scored on a 37-yard run, while junior tailback H.B. Banjoman ran 34 yards for the final EKU tally.
“I’m proud of our guys to come in here and beat a tough, well-coached team like Tennessee Tech on their Homecoming,” said third-year EKU head coach Dean Hood.  “We had great effort on offense all day long and our defense really picked it up in the second half, allowing just that a couple of field goals and that last touchdown when the game had already been decided.”
On the afternoon, Pryor hit 14-24 passes for 279 yards and four TD’s, while also adding 100 yards on the ground on 18 carries with one TD.  Harris had his second straight 200-yard game receiving for the Colonels as he had 205 yards in the 49-37 win over Jacksonville State last week and came back with 200 yards receiving on nine receptions versus Tennessee Tech (4-6, 3-4 OVC).  Goard added three catches for 57 yards and two TD’s.  Banjoman had his career best game for the Colonels, rushing the ball 13 times for 103 yards with one score.
Tech was led by junior tailback Jocques Crawford with 128 yards on the ground.  Senior quarterback Cass Barnes hit 18-30 passes for 273 yards and one TD and added 68 yards on 16 carries with one rushing TD.
EKU led Tech 21-20 at the break  could not put the game out of reach until Pryor hit Harris for a 55-yard TD pass on a third and eight from his own 45-yard line with 2:38 left to put the Colonels ahead, 42-23. 
Eastern was led on defense by senior linebacker Jordan Dalrymple who had 10 hits, a tackle for loss and a deflected pass.  Senior tackle Andrew Soucy had four tackles, including one for a loss and a blocked extra point.  Junior linebacker Tyson Patrick also had five hits, including two tackles for loss, while linebacker Antonio Fredrick, end Anthony Brown and safety Brooklyn Fox totaled seven, six and six tackles, respectively.
EKU closes the season next week by hosting Austin Peay at Roy Kidd Stadium at 1:00 p.m., while Tech hosts Jacksonville State in its season finale.

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Gameday: Jacksonville State

Posted on 05 November 2010 by admin

#2 Jacksonville State Gamecocks (8-0, 5-0 OVC)
at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (3-5, 2-2 OVC)
Saturday, Nov. 6 • 6:00 p.m. CT
Roy Kidd Stadium (20,000) • Richmond, Ky.

TV: OVC Game of the Week (Wazoo,, WQWQ, WEIU)

Live Stats:

Series Record:………………….. Jacksonville State leads 4-3
Last Meeting:…….. Jacksonville State won 34-26 (11/21/09)
Jack Crowe at Jacksonville State:…………… 73-45 (11 yrs.)
Jack Crowe Overall:……………………………… 87-75 (16 yrs.)
Dean Hood at Eastern Kentucky:……………… 16-15 (3 yrs.)
Dean Hood Overall:…………………………………………. same
Jacksonville State Last Week:……………………………… Idle
Eastern Kentucky Last Week:…. W, 28-21 vs. Murray State

GAME NOTES: Since Jacksonville State joined the OVC in 2003, the Gamecocks have won 47 OVC games, the most in the league and one more than Eastern Kentucky (46). The teams have been nearly even in the all-time series, with Jax State winning four of the seven including 34-26 a year ago in Jacksonville. That game snapped a two-game winning streak for the Colonels in the series. In that game a year ago (the season finale for both squads), Jacksonville State’s Ryan Perrilloux passed for 191 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 115 yards and two more scores. Calvin Middleton added 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Gamecocks. EKU’s T.J. Pryor threw for 252 yards and two scores in the losing effort.

SCOUTING JACKSONVILLE STATE: Jacksonville State is coming off a bye week after topping Austin Peay 56-3 two weeks ago in its annual Homecoming game. The Gamecocks racked up 539 yards of total offense and limited the Governors to just 157 yards. For the second-straight game Jacksonville State did not allow a touchdown, as they shutout TSU  the week prior and held APSU to just a field goal. The quarterback duo of Marques Ivory and Coty Blanchard each threw two touchdown passes and Jamal Young rushed for 105 of JSU’s 307 yards on the ground. Brannon Byrd was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week following that game, after posting seven tackles, two tackles-for-loss, and picking off a pass. The Gamecocks remain ranked No. 2 in both national FCS polls, the highest an OVC team has been ranked since the 1999 season and the highest Division I ranking in program history. The team’s 12-game winning streak dating back to last season in currently the longest in FCS and second in all of Division I (behind only Boise State). Jacksonville State is currently one of three FCS teams undefeated on the season (Appalachian State and Bethune-Cookman being the others).

SCOUTING EASTERN KENTUCKY: Eastern Kentucky snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday, topping in-state foe Murray State 28-21 in the 70th all-time meeting between the two schools. The win was the ninth in the last 10 games against the Racers for EKU. Eastern improved to 3-0 in home games this season but are 0-5 away from Roy Kidd Stadium this season. Sophomore quarterback T.J. Pryor was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for three of EKU’s four touchdowns. The biggest play of the game came on 4th and 1 with the score tied in the fourth quarter, as Pryor rushed 29 yards for what proved to be the game-winning score. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Shawn Shupperd also had a big day, recording a career-high seven tackles, intercepting a pass (that led to an EKU score) and forcing a fumble deep in its own territory.


EKU Gameday Notes

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