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Colonels take season opener 38-6

Posted on 30 August 2013 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – In its first Thursday night season-opener in 13 years, the Eastern Kentucky University football team rolled to a 38-6 win over visiting Robert Morris.

The 19th-ranked Colonels (1-0) scored on four of their first five possessions to take a 28-6 lead at halftime. The Eastern defense began the second half with an interception in its own territory and held the Colonials (0-1) on downs on their next two possessions to put the game away.

Junior quarterback Jared McClain had a hand in four of Eastern’s five touchdowns, throwing for two and running for two more. McClain accumulated 232 yards of offense combined passing (155), rushing (44) and receiving (33). The Hiram, Ga., native completed 16-of-21 passes, ran the ball 12 times and caught one pass.

The Colonels wasted little time putting seven on the new Daktronics video board at Roy Kidd Stadium. McClain capped EKU’s first possession with a 10-yard scoring pass to senior Ike Ariguzo. McClain took care of business himself on Eastern’s next possession, taking it in from a yard out for a 14-0 lead.

With just over seven minutes remaining in the second quarter, McClain rolled out and found a wide open senior tight end Nathan Watts from two yards out for his second passing score of the game. The extra-point made it 21-0 in favor of the home team.

Robert Morris closed the gap to 21-6 with a 20-yard scoring pass from Paul Jones to Alex Caratelli inside of two minutes to go in the first half. The extra-point was blocked, Eastern’s second blocked kick of the game.

EKU was not done with its first half scoring. The Colonels drove 73 yards on eight plays in 1:54 to make it 28-6 at the break. McClain completed passes of eight and 33 yards, and ran for 18 during the drive. Junior Caleb Watkins took the hand-off from two yards out and finished the drive with his first collegiate touchdown.

McClain completed 12 of his 15 first half pass attempts for 118 yards.

Robert Morris opened the second half with a drive into Eastern territory in attempt to get back into the game, but redshirt freshman Jason Fergerson deflected a pass right into the hands of sophomore Johnny Joseph at the EKU 22-yard line to end that threat.

After the Colonel defense held the Colonials on downs on their next possession, the Eastern offense put together a methodical scoring drive that began with 4:48 left in the third and ended with 14:21 showing on the clock in the fourth quarter. EKU ran the ball eight times for 37 yards and attempted four passes that covered 34 yards. McClain’s eight-yard touchdown run polished off the drive.

Eastern Kentucky totaled 401 yards of offense, with 207 coming on the ground. Robert Morris ran for just 55 yards.

Redshirt freshman Jared Sanders rushed for 53 yards on eight carries for EKU while fellow redshirt freshman JJ Jude had 50 yards on nine carries. Watkins finished with 39 yards on nine carries.

RMU’s Jones was 16-of-28 through the air for 177 yards. The Penn state transfer had one interception and one touchdown pass. Deontae Howard led the Colonials with 58 yards on 13 carries.

The Colonels next play at Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Cardinals are ranked No. 9 nationally in the preseason FBS polls.

NOTES
–EKU was second nationally (FCS) in turnover margin last year at +19. The Colonels were +2 against Robert Morris tonight.

–The Colonels averaged 205.7 yards per game on the ground in 2012. Eastern rolled up 207 rushing yards in its season opener.

–This was the first-ever meeting on the gridiron between the two teams.

–In its 45th season playing at Roy Kidd Stadium, Eastern Kentucky improved to 205-46-1 all-time at home.

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Colonels to appear on National tv four times

Posted on 20 August 2013 by admin

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference today announced a nine game football “Game of the Week” package that will be carried exclusively on ESPN3 this fall. Eastern Kentucky University will be featured in three of those games including a home contest against Tennessee State on Nov. 2.

EKU’s other two appearances against OVC teams on ESPN3 will take place at Eastern Illinois on Sept. 28 and Southeast Missouri on Oct. 26.

The nine-game OVC schedule will feature each of the nine league football-playing institutions at least once during the season and includes eight conference matchups and one non-conference game. The schedule begins with Bethune-Cookman visiting Tennessee State for the John Merritt Classic on Sunday, Sept. 1.

The games will be produced by WebStream Sports, an Indianapolis-based company which is a proven leader in video production, streaming video and content creation. The company, founded in 2006, produces more than 1,000 events annually and has also served as a web streaming consultant for the OVC for the past year. The OVC and WebStream have agreed to a three-year production agreement that will feature at least eight football games over each of the next three years.

Kevin Ingram, host of “The Wake Up Zone” on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, will handle play-by-play duties while and Bob Belvin, Sports Director for 100.7 FM/AM 540 (ESPN Clarksville), will provide analysis. The duo worked together last year in the league’s TV package.

Earlier this summer, Louisville announced that its Sept. 7 home game against the Colonels will also be shown on ESPN3.

ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smart phones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV. It is currently available in more than 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.

EKU kicks off the 2013 schedule with a Thursday night home opener against Robert Morris on Aug. 29. This will mark the first season opener at home and on a Thursday night since 1993.

Fans can reserve 2013 season tickets by contacting the EKU athletics ticket office at 859-622-2122 or clicking here.

EKU Football on ESPN3 in 2013
Sept. 7 – Eastern Kentucky at Louisville, 12 p.m.
Sept. 28 – Eastern Kentucky at Eastern Illinois, 2:30 p.m.
Oct. 26 – Eastern Kentucky at Southeast Missouri, 2 p.m.
Nov. 2 – Tennessee State at Eastern Kentucky, 1 p.m.

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2013 FCS Coaches Pre-Season Poll released

Posted on 06 August 2013 by admin

The pre-season FCS Coaches Poll has been release. The Colonels are 19th, the same spot they ended last season.

RANKTEAMPREVIOUS RANKINGRECORD   
1James Madison (24)64812-0
2North Dakota State (2)62622-0
3Sam Houston State58532-0
4South Dakota State57442-0
5Youngstown State515T-61-1
T-6Richmond45591-1
T-6Jacksonville State45551-1
8Villanova43881-1
9Wofford415102-0
10North Dakota405111-1
11New Hampshire402122-0
12Eastern Washington364T-60-2
13The Citadel349132-0
14Illinois State273151-0
15Chattanooga260140-2
16Central Arkansas250161-1
17Samford213172-0
18Northern Iowa181T-211-1
19Charleston Southern175180-1
20North Carolina A&T134T-212-0
21Weber State123201-1
22Western Illinois112NR2-0
23South Dakota102NR2-0
24Tennessee State93242-0
25Grambling State87231-1

 

Others receiving votes: Wagner (87), Colgate (67), Tennessee State (52), Harvard (48), Delaware (47), The Citadel (39), Liberty (39), Arkansas Pine-Bluff (35), Indiana State (27), Stephen F. Austin (19), McNeese State (16), Penn (13), Alcorn State (12), Jacksonville State (11), Samford (10), Norfolk State (7), Alabama State (7), UC Davis (7), Southern Illinois (6), Maine (5), Albany (5), Tennessee Tech (5), UT Martin (4), Gardner Webb (4), Sacramento State (3), Hampton (3), San Diego (2), Jackson State (1), Missouri State (1), Brown (1)
* Final 6 games of 2012 vacated

 

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Roy Kidd stadium and Alumni Coliseum get new video boards

Posted on 02 August 2013 by admin

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – Aug. 2, 2013 – In the upcoming seasons, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) football, volleyball and basketball fans will be treated to new LED video displays designed, manufactured and installed in the summer of 2013 to their respective athletic facilities in Richmond, Ky., by Daktronics (Nasdaq – DAKT) of Brookings, S.D.

“The new video boards will greatly enhance the game-day experience for EKU fans,” said EKU President Michael Benson.

The new displays will not only be used for athletic events; the new technology will greatly improve the quality of all university functions, especially commencement.

“All visitors to campus will immediately notice the improved picture and sound quality of these additions,” added Benson.

Roy Kidd Stadium, home of EKU football, will receive three outdoor displays. The Colonels’ main video display will measure approximately 15 feet high by 30 feet wide and will feature a 15HD pixel layout. It is capable of showing one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. It can also be divided into separate windows to show a variety of vivid graphics, colorful animations, up-to-the-minute statistics, scoring information and sponsor advertisements.

Found on the main display structure, two auxiliary displays will be placed on either side of a fixed-digit scoreboard. The auxiliary displays and scoreboard will be located directly below the main video display.
The auxiliary displays will each measure approximately 7 feet high by 6 feet wide and will feature 20 millimeter line spacing. These displays will provide the opportunity to showcase sponsors throughout events and provide up-to-the-minute statistics and game information.

Fans can stay in the game as all of these new displays will incorporate excellent image clarity and contrast with wide angle visibility while providing multiple levels of protection from the elements.

For the first time ever, EKU basketball and volleyball fans will enjoy a LED video display in Alumni Coliseum. The display will measure approximately 15 feet high by 26 feet wide and will feature 10 millimeter line spacing. This display will also show one large image to highlight live video and instant replays. It will also be able to show a variety of graphics, animations, advertisements, statistics and scoring information.

Plans to update the displays inside both Roy Kidd Stadium and Alumni Coliseum were something the EKU Department of Athletics had been contemplating for some time. Shortly after Benson was named the new EKU president in April, he visited with Department of Athletics staff members, including EKU Athletic Director Mark Sandy, about purchasing new displays without tapping into their athletic budgets and they found a solution.

“The displays will be paid for with game guarantee revenue and corporate partnership dollars,” said Sandy. “This is a way for our teams, in addition to all the positive things they are currently doing, to contribute to the good of the entire campus community.”

Eastern Kentucky University will also receive two Daktronics custom audio systems. These audio systems will be integrated with the video and scoring system to enhance the game-day atmosphere for both the football stadium and basketball coliseum. The systems provide full-range sound reproduction and deliver clear and intelligible speech. Daktronics audio offers high quality audio systems that can integrate with dynamic displays in indoor and outdoor sport venues.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with Eastern Kentucky University and assist with their display needs,” said Daryl Mihal, Daktronics sales representative, ”The video display and audio installations will increase the fan experience in both Roy Kidd stadium and Alumni coliseum and enhance the overall game-day experience for Colonel fans.”

In addition to the equipment installation, the Colonels will also receive a bank of hours for the creation of digital content to be produced and delivered by Daktronics Creative Services. This content will consist of any mixture of sponsorship messages, crowd prompts, headshots, game opens and venue announcements at the request of the university.

Daktronics LED video and messaging display technology offers a long lifetime with minimal maintenance and low power consumption, providing value and excitement for years to come.

Via Daktronics Press Release

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