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Jude named OVC Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 23 September 2013 by admin


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Running back JJ Jude was named the adidas OVC Newcomer of the Week following his performance in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s 56-24 win at Morehead State on Saturday.

Jude carried the ball 33 times for a conference season-high 195 yards. The redshirt freshman’s four rushing touchdowns tied the EKU single-game record which was last reached by Mark Dunn against Southeast Missouri on Oct. 22, 2005.

The native of Hagerhill, Ky., averaged 5.9 yards per carry on his 33 carries, after only having 19 total carries in the first three games of the season. Jude scored the first two touchdowns of the game in the first quarter, added a second quarter 11-yard run and the final score came on a 17-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter.

The other weekly award winners were Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (Offensive), Tennessee State defensive tackle Samquan Evans (Defensive) and Tennessee State kicker Jamin Godfrey (Specialist).

Eastern Kentucky (2-2) opens Ohio Valley Conference play next Saturday, Sept. 28 at defending league champion Eastern Illinois. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Colonels to face six teams that made the Big Dance last season

Posted on 16 September 2013 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – Six games against NCAA Tournament teams highlight the 2013-14 Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball schedule. The Colonels will play a total of eight games against teams that played in the postseason a year ago.

In conjunction with the release of the 2013-14 schedule, Eastern is asking fans to vote in the “Best EKU Team Ever” poll on this page.

Eastern Kentucky is expected to be among the favorites in the Ohio Valley Conference. Four starters and a total of 13 letter winners return from the 2012-13 squad that won a school record 25 games and posted the second best conference mark at 12-4. The Colonels advanced to the Tournament (CIT) and picked up the program’s first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years.

“This year’s schedule is designed to challenge an experienced team,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “We will learn so much from the different styles that we will face throughout November and December. We are really looking forward to this season.”

EKU will open the 2013-14 campaign on Nov. 8 against Florida International at the Kennesaw State Invitational. The Colonels will face the host team a day later and conclude the event against Youngstown State.

Of Eastern’s 30 games, 16 will be against teams that posted a winning record in 2012-13 and seven will be against squads that won 20 or more.

Eastern Kentucky’s first home game comes on Nov. 13 against Warren Wilson College. The Owls won the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association national championship last season. Both teams played Western Carolina last year. EKU beat the Catamounts 72-70 at home. WWC trailed by three with 15 minutes left in the game before ultimately losing by 25 points on the road.

The next three games will be played at home as well – High Point on Nov. 16, Alabama A&M on Nov. 19 and Brescia University on Nov. 22. Eastern beat High Point 73-70 on the road last season. The Panthers also earned a bid to the 2013 CIT.

The Colonels are 61-14 (.813) at home over the last five years and have won 16 straight home non-conference games.

EKU’s first two games against teams that played in last season’s NCAA Tournament will be on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. The first is at North Carolina State against a Wolfpack team that went 24-11. The second will be at Virginia Commonwealth, which finished 27-9 in 2012-13.

After a road game at Longwood, Eastern will face two more NCAA Tournament teams. EKU plays at Wisconsin (23-12) on Dec. 14 and will then host North Carolina A&T (20-17) on Dec. 18 at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels close out the 2013 calendar year at IPFW on Dec. 29.

The team’s quest for the program’s seventh OVC regular season championship begins with road games at Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois Edwardsville the first week of January.

The second week of January could be called “Rivalry Week” for the Colonels. On Jan. 8, Murray State (21-10) makes its first appearance at McBrayer Arena since Dec. 2, 2010. Three days later EKU will play at Morehead State.

“It’s exciting that we’ll have the chance to host Belmont and Morehead State after EKU students return from winter break,” Neubauer said. “Our fans can make McBrayer Arena a tough place to play. Our guys feed off that energy.”

The first meeting with Belmont (26-7), the 2013 OVC Champions, will be in Richmond on Thursday night, Jan. 16. A week and a half later, Eastern will play at Belmont.

The Colonels’ final non-conference game of the regular season is Feb. 4 at home against Chattanooga. EKU beat the Mocs 63-52 on the road last season.

Morehead State comes to Richmond on Saturday, Feb. 8. After three road games, Eastern will close out the regular season at home on Feb. 27 and March 1 against Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State, respectively.

The 2014 OVC Tournament begins with first round action on March 5. The finals are scheduled for March 8. The NCAA Tournament First Four is set for March 18-19. The second round will be played March 20-21.

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Colonel get run over by No. 21 Coastal Carolina

Posted on 15 September 2013 by admin


RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team entered the game eighth in the nation in rushing defense, but No. 21 Coastal Carolina ran for 339 yards in a 51-32 victory over the 25th-ranked Colonels.

EKU entered the contest allowing 66.5 yards rushing per game and had limited No. 8 Louisville to 78 yards a week ago. However, the Chanticleers came out running and amassed 138 yards on the ground on their first two drives.

Both teams overcame double-digit deficits in the game. Eastern Kentucky fell behind 14-0 after Coastal’s first two drives ended with touchdown runs by Lorenzo Taliaferro, the first coming from 45 yards out.

The Colonel defense briefly righted the ship to allow EKU to score 24 unanswered points. After running for 138 yards on its first two possessions, Coastal Carolina totaled just 35 yards on the ground on the next six possessions.

The Colonels got on the board when junior quarterback Jared McClain found senior tight end Nathan Watts all alone along the right sideline. Watts bobbled the ball briefly, and then raced to the end zone untouched for a 70-yard scoring pass.

Eastern was down 14-10 early in the second quarter when McClain helped give his team its first lead. The junior ran 40 yards up the middle on a busted play early in the drive and then capped it with a seven-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman wide receiver Devin Borders for a 17-14 lead. On Coastal’s ensuing possession, senior defensive back Christian Albertson picked up a fumble and carried it 28 yards for a score and a 24-14 lead.

The Chanticleers turned two Eastern turnovers into 10 points to tie the game and then took a 31-24 halftime lead when Taliaferro scored his third touchdown with 11 seconds left before intermission.

Coastal Carolina rolled off 20 unanswered second half points thanks in part to converting 6-of-8 third downs following intermission. The Chanticleers totaled 631 yards of offense, second most in program history.

Coastal’s Taliaferro finished with 174 yards on 17 carries, for an average of 10.2 per touch. Quarterback Alex Ross completed 19-of-28 for 292 yards and three touchdowns. DeMario Bennett caught six passes for 131 yards and a score.

For EKU, McClain was 15-for-34 for 233 yards. He tossed two touchdowns and one interception. McClain also led the ground game with 93 yards on 10 carries. None of the four running backs had more than 22 yards.

The Colonels take to the road to face Morehead State next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

–Quarterback Jared McClain surpassed 1,000 career passing yards with an eight-yard completion in the third quarter.

–Eastern Kentucky is now 6-9 against ranked FCS teams in six years under head coach Dean Hood.

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Colonels fall to No. 8 Louisville

Posted on 07 September 2013 by admin


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team fell at No. 8 Louisville, 44-7, on Saturday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

The EKU defense stuffed the Louisville run game all afternoon, limiting the Cardinals to just 78 yards on 28 carries (2.8 yards-per-carry); however, the Colonels could not contain Louisville quarterback and Heisman candidate Teddy Bridgewater, who finished the day 23-for-32 for 397 yards and four touchdowns.

Bridgewater orchestrated scoring drives of 75 and 72 yards in the first quarter alone, giving UofL a quick 14-0 lead.

Turnovers, meanwhile, hurt EKU in the first half, as junior quarterback #Jared McClain# was picked off early in the second quarter and freshman running back #J.J. Jude# coughed up the ball on the Colonels’ very next drive, helping Louisville take a 27-0 lead at halftime.

Louisville led 37-0 before EKU got on the board with a 15-yard touchdown pass from McClain to freshman wide receiver #Devin Borders# with 3:23 remaining in the third quarter. The leaping grab in the corner of the end zone was Borders’ first career score.

On Louisville’s next drive, though, Bridgewater found DeVante Parker for a 42-yard touchdown to make it 44-7. The Cardinals ran out the clock from there.

EKU out-rushed UofL in the game, compiling 107 yards on the ground. McClain led the way with 61 yards, while the freshman running back committee of Jude, #Jared Sanders# and #Thomas Owens# combined for 55 yards.

McClain finished with 85 yards and a touchdown through the air.

EKU returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 14, when the Colonels host Coastal Carolina at Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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