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Watkins semifinalist for William V. Campbell Trophy

Posted on 26 September 2014 by admin

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Colonels running back Caleb Watkins is among the 167 semifinalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy®, presented by Fidelity Investments® and announced by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF).

Watkins was one of three OVC selections. The others were Austin Peay punter Ben Campbell and Jacksonville State offensive lineman Max Holcombe. The trio are three of just 37 student-athletes selected from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

The award recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation, and up to 16 of the candidates will be named recipients of a prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award, also presented by Fidelity Investments. Launched in 1959, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete program awards $18,000 scholarships that can be used for the honorees’ postgraduate educations. This year’s recipients will be announced Oct. 30, and one will be declared the winner of the Campbell Trophy Dec. 9 at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner.

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.7 million.

“These 167 impressive candidates truly represent the scholar-athlete ideal,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase their success on the football field, in the classroom and in the community. This year’s semifinalists further illustrate the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools and coaches on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. The NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from this outstanding group of candidates.”

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 30. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the NYAC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Each member of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.

Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments, and it has recognized 787 outstanding individuals since its inception. The Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s prestige, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks. Earlier this month, Fidelity Investments became the first presenting sponsor of the Campbell Trophy.

In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

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Defending OVC Champs Announce 2014-15 Schedule

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

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2014-15 Men’s Basketball schedule

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team, the defending Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champions, will play nine games this upcoming season against teams that advanced to national postseason tournaments in 2014. Head coach Jeff Neubauer released his team’s complete 2014-15 schedule today.

At least four regular season games will be played in front of a national television audience. EKU’s game at Kentucky will air live on the SEC Network at 6 p.m. ET. Three OVC games will be shown on ESPNU, beginning with Eastern’s game at Murray State on Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET. ESPNU broadcasts of home games against Belmont (Feb. 5) and Morehead State (Feb. 11) will begin at 9 p.m. ET as well.

The Colonels will play an exhibition game at home against Urbana University on Nov. 7. The regular season begins at home against Savannah State on Nov. 14.

EKU will open the season with three straight home games before making a two-game trip to Utah. Eastern will play at Southern Utah on Nov. 26 and then face Brigham Young University in Provo on Nov. 29. BYU will be the first of two games against teams that played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Cougars were 23-12 last season.

Between home games against Valparaiso on Dec. 3 and East Tennessee on Dec. 16, the Colonels will play at Kentucky (Dec. 7) and at IUPUI (Dec. 13). Valpo went 18-16 last year and advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). UK posted a 29-11 record on its way to the national championship game against Connecticut. ETSU had a 19-16 record in 2013-14 and advanced to the second round of the CIT after beating Chattanooga.

The 2014-15 schedule includes 13 games against teams that finished with winning records last season.

Eastern Kentucky will close out the 2014 calendar year with three road games. A trip to south Florida at the end of December will include games at Miami (Dec. 19) and at Florida Atlantic (Dec. 22). EKU will play at Coppin State on Dec. 30 in Baltimore. The Colonels final regular season non-conference game will be at home on Jan. 3 against South Carolina State.

The Ohio Valley Conference schedule begins with a road trip to play Tennessee-Martin (Jan. 8) and Southeast Missouri State (Jan. 10). Last season when SEMO played in Richmond, Glenn Cosey hit a last-second 35-foot shot to win the game. The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down and earned the No. 1 spot that night on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays. The last time the two teams played in Cape Girardeau, Cosey threw an alley-oop inbound pass to Marcus Lewis for a dunk that climbed to No. 3 on the Top-10 Plays.

Eastern’s first OVC home games will be on Jan. 15 against Eastern Illinois and Jan. 17 against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Colonels will close out January with four straight road games, including back-to-back games at rivals Murray State (Jan. 29) and at Morehead State (Jan. 31). The Racers finished last season with a 23-11 record after winning the CIT championship. The Eagles were 20-14 and played in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI).

Six of the team’s eight games in February will be played at home. The month begins with Belmont visiting McBrayer Arena on Feb. 5. The Bruins have won two straight OVC regular season titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT last season. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since Eastern Kentucky beat Belmont 79-73 in the 2014 OVC Tournament Championship game. Senior Corey Walden, the tournament MVP, scored 29 points, dished out seven assists and grabbed five rebounds in that game.

This will also mark the second straight season that the EKU/Belmont game in Richmond was chosen to air on ESPNU.

Morehead State makes its annual trip to Richmond on Feb. 11. The second meeting between Belmont and EKU comes in Nashville on Feb. 19. The regular season ends with home games against Jacksonville State (Feb. 26) and Tennessee Tech (Feb. 28).

The 2015 OVC Tournament is slated for March 4-7 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. The semifinals will be televised on ESPNU and the finals will air on ESPN2.

The Colonels steamrolled through the 2014 OVC Tournament, beating three teams in three days and trailing for only 41 seconds during the entire tournament. Eastern went on to nearly upset No. 2 seed Kansas in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, leading the Jayhawks with 8:55 left in the game and trailing by only three with 3:39 to go.

EKU finished the season with a 24-10 record, the second most wins in program history. With a school record 25 victories in 2012-13, the Colonels have 49 wins the last two years combined.

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Basketball Colonels to have three games televised on ESPN

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference games across ESPN platforms for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

The schedule includes seven total men’s basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season. Each of the regular season games and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air live on ESPNU.

The OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2 at 6:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 7. The tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The package is part of a five-year agreement with ESPN that runs through the completion of the 2017-18 season and also includes a minimum of eight football games to be carried on ESPN3 annually as well as the ability for the OVC to receive additional national exposure.

The first live game event telecast on ESPNU, launched on March 4, 2005, was a Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal which followed a live College GameDay telecast from Oklahoma State. The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually. ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 75 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

A complete television schedule with additional national and regional exposure will be released soon.
2014-15 OVC ESPN Television Schedule

Thursday, January 15
Belmont at Murray State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 29
Eastern Kentucky at Murray State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 5
Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Wednesday, February 11
Morehead State at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 6
OVC Tournament Semifinal #1, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Tournament Semifinal #2, 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 7
OVC Tournament Championship, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

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EKU Women’s Basketball Releases 2014-15 Schedule

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

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2014-15 Women’s Basketball Schedule

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Chrissy Roberts released the Colonels’ 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday.

EKU will travel to seven states and face teams from eight conferences, two of which (West Virginia and UT Martin) played in the NCAA Tournament and one of which (Belmont) played in the WNIT in 2013-14.

The biggest test on EKU’s non-conference schedule will come immediately, as the Colonels open the season at West Virginia on Saturday, November 15, at 7:00 p.m. The game is part of the Preseason WNIT, and WVU is arguably the top team in the prestigious tournament’s field. The Mountaineers went 29-4 last year, won the Big 12 and were ranked No. 7 in the final Associated Press national poll.

“We open the season at one of the top teams in the country,” Roberts said. “But, an early-season test like West Virginia will only make us more prepared for a run at an Ohio Valley Conference title later in the year.”

Eastern is guaranteed three games in its first Preseason WNIT appearance since 2001. Round Two will be played Nov. 16-17; Semifinals will be Nov. 19-20; and the championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3:00 p.m. The championship game will be nationally televised live in HD on CBS Sports Network.

Teams that lose in the first two rounds will play consolation games on Nov. 21-22. All games are hosted by participating schools.

Other teams participating in the Preseason WNIT include Albany, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas, Colorado, EKU, Jackson State, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Dakota, Penn State, Rider, Seton Hall, St. Francis Brooklyn, Towson and Western Kentucky.

“Playing three straight Preseason WNIT games will not be easy, but we have a talented group of players who will be up for the challenge,” Roberts said. “Simply being invited to play in the Preseason WNIT is an indication that EKU women’s basketball is on the rise.”

EKU will go from one tournament to another in November, as the Colonels will face Western Carolina and North Florida in the UNC Wilmington Thanksgiving Classic November 28-29 in Wilmington, N.C.

The Colonels will not play their home opener until December 2, when they host Asbury in a Tuesday night game (7:00 p.m.) on the recently-renovated floor of McBrayer Arena. Four days later, EKU plays host to Marshall at 4:00 p.m. The Colonels trailed by as many as 13 points, but stormed back to defeat the Thundering Herd, 64-55, last year in Huntington.

Following two consecutive road games at East Tennessee State (December 13) and Alabama A&M (December 17), Eastern returns home four days before Christmas to conclude its non-conference slate by hosting Richmond in a Sunday afternoon game at 2:00 p.m.

EKU will open conference play at home against Austin Peay on Saturday, January 3, at 4:00 p.m. Other conference highlights include traveling to three-time defending OVC champion UT Martin on Thursday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m., and hosting in-state rival Morehead State on Saturday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. EKU has won five straight games over Morehead State dating back to 2011-12.

The Colonels will wrap up the regular season by hosting OVC East rival Tennessee Tech on Saturday, February 28.

The OVC Tournament is scheduled for March 4-7 in Nashville.

“The race for the OVC title will be more open than it has been in years,” Roberts added. “I look forward to seeing if our team can take that next step and become champions.”

EKU reached the semifinals of the OVC Tournament last season for the first time since 2005. The Colonels are expected to return three starters from a squad that finished 17-13, including junior Shelly Harper who led the team in rebounding (6.2 rebounds-per-game) and was second in scoring (10.4 points-per-game).

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Mobley Named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week

Posted on 22 September 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Running back Dy’Shawn Mobley was named the adidas OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week following his performance in the Eastern Kentucky University football team’s 49-24 win at UT Martin Saturday afternoon.

Mobley earned OVC Newcomer of the Week honors for the second-straight week after rushing for 183 yards and three touchdowns against the Skyhawks. The junior amassed that total on just 11 carries, averaging 16.6 yards per carry. Mobley scored on touchdown runs of 68, 14 and a career-best 75 yards. The 75-yard scoring burst came late in the third quarter and iced the game for the Colonels.

The native of Powell, Tennessee, ranks fourth nationally in rushing yards per carry (8.64), 11th in total rushing yards (475) and 23rd in rushing touchdowns (four).

The other OVC weekly award winners were Southeast Missouri quarterback Kyle Snyder and wide receiver Paul McRoberts (Co-Offensive), Tennessee State defensive back Ronnie Vinson (Defensive), Eastern Illinois defensive back Antoine Johnson (Specialist) and Eastern Illinois quarterback Jalen Whitlow (Co-Newcomer).

Eastern Kentucky, off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1992, has a week off before returning to the field at Austin Peay on Saturday, Oct. 4.

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Colonels use second half to win OVC opener over UT Martin

Posted on 20 September 2014 by admin

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MARTIN, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team put the pedal to the metal in the second half and pulled away from host UT Martin Saturday afternoon, 49-24. The No. 22 Colonels outscored the Skyhawks, 21-0, in the final 30 minutes of the OVC opener for both teams.

With the win, Eastern (4-0, 1-0 OVC) moves to 12-1 all-time on the road at UT Martin (1-3, 0-1).

The first half was full of action that saw the two teams combine for 52 points and 624 yards of offense. Eastern Kentucky took a slim 28-24 lead into the locker rooms. Momentum quickly turned in the Colonels’ favor in the opening two drives following intermission.

UT Martin began the second half with a surprise on-sides kick, but the ball rolled out of bounds. Three plays later, sophomore quarterback Bennie Coney connected with junior wide receiver Jeff Glover down the far sideline for a 39-yard gain, moving the ball inside the UTM 10-yard line. Coney then capped the drive with a five-yard scoring pass to senior fullback Channing Fugate to make the score, 35-24.

The Skyhawks tried to answer on their ensuing possession, but a pivotal personal foul call eventually forced UT Martin to settle for a 41-yard field goal attempt. However, wide receiver Devin Borders came up with his third blocked kick of the season, this time a deflection on the field goal attempt, to keep UTM off the scoreboard.

EKU’s offense wasn’t done as the Colonels methodically moved the ball on its second drive. Senior quarterback Jared McClain finished the 13-play, 76-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run to push the lead to 42-24.

Junior defensive back Johnny Joseph gave the ball right back to Eastern Kentucky with his first interception of the season. One play later, junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley put the game on ice with a 75-yard touchdown run.

The visiting Colonels racked up 202 yards of offense in the third quarter alone and scored three times. UT Martin’s offense went missed field goal, interception, interception and turnover on downs in the second half.

In the first half, EKU only had the ball for 8:41, but scored four touchdowns. UT Martin trailed at one point 28-10 before scoring twice in its final three drives before the half.

Mobley led the Colonels with 183 yards rushing on just 11 carries. The native of Powell, Tennessee, scored on runs of 68, 14 and 75 yards. Coney completed 10-of-17 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, Glover piled up career highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (128).

On defense, Eastern forced four turnovers. Joseph, senior linebacker Tyrelle Johnson and junior linebacker Trey Thomas each registered an interception. Junior defensive lineman Marquise Piton came away with a fumble recovery. The Colonel defense also racked up four sacks.

Eastern Kentucky has a week off before returning to the field at Austin Peay on Saturday, Oct. 4.

NOTES:
–Eastern Kentucky has produced at least 500 yards of offense in three of its first four games. The Colonels accumulated 533 yards against UT Martin.

–The Colonels are now 47-20 all-time in OVC openers, including 4-3 under head coach Dean Hood.

–Wide receiver Jeff Glover threw his second touchdown pass of the season, and third of his career, in the second quarter. He found wide receiver Deno Montgomery for a 29-yard touchdown.

–After failing to produce a turnover in the opener, EKU has notched 13 turnovers in its last three games, including four against the Skyhawks.

–Eastern is 4-0 for the first time since 1992

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Mobley doubles down on OVC awards

Posted on 14 September 2014 by admin

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Starting with the first play from scrimmage, Dy’Shawn Mobley rushed his way to the OVC Offensive Player of the Week along with the OVC Newcomer of the Week. Mobley rushed for 123 yards on just six carries (20.5 yards/carry) in Eastern Kentucky’s 55-13 victory over Morehead State in its home opener. The transfer from Kentucky took the ball on the first play from scrimmage and rushed 61 yards for a touchdown. He also set up the Colonels second touchdown with a 54-yard run later in the first quarter. The junior also had two catches for 10 yards as he saw most of his action in the first quarter. Mobley ranks 19th nationally in rushing yards/carry (6.64) and 24th in rushing yards/game (97.3).

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Colonels Run Past Morehead State, 55-13

Posted on 13 September 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – On the first play from scrimmage, junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley took the hand-off and ran 61 yards for a touchdown. The Eastern Kentucky University football team never looked back, cruising past Morehead State Saturday night at Roy Kidd Stadium, 55-13.

With the win, the 25th ranked Colonels are 3-0 for the first time in 22 years. EKU began the 1992 season with four straight victories.

Eastern ran for 204 yards on just 10 carries in the first quarter. Mobley had 127 of those yards, averaging 25 each time he touched the ball. EKU outgained the Eagles 225-60 in the first quarter and led 25-0 after the first 15 minutes of play.

An all-around effort from EKU helped make sure Morehead State (1-2) never made it a game. The Colonels kept a shutout until the 2:23 mark of the third quarter.

Eastern Kentucky’s offense scored touchdowns on six of its first eight possessions. One of the possessions that did not end in a touchdown was capped by an Andrew Lloyd 32-yard field goal.

Mobley’s second outburst of the night came at the 8:29 mark of the first quarter. He caught a lateral throw on the left side from quarterback Bennie Coney, cut back all the way across the field and was eventually tackled by Morehead State’s Dominic Iori at the three-yard line. The 54-yard run set up quarterback Jared McClain’s touchdown to finish the Colonels’ third possession. The ensuing extra point put the home squad up, 18-0.

Mobley contributed all 123 of his yards in the first quarter and had just one carry the rest of the game.

The Colonels’ fullback also got into the action. Redshirt senior Channing Fugate ran for 56 yards on two carries, but most of those came from just one. Late in the first quarter, Fugate took a hand-off from Coney and ran 49 yards for a touchdown, diving into the left corner of the end zone in front of the student section.

Coney finished 7-of-10 for 117 yards and two touchdowns. McClain contributed a rushing and a passing touchdown to the final total. The EKU running backs stole the show, though, totaling 353 rushing yards. The Eagles managed just 60 yards running the ball.

Jared Sanders finished with 61 yards on eight carries and scored EKU’s final touchdown.

Nine EKU players had at least one carry and eight caught at least one pass.

Morehead State quarterback Austin Gahafer completed 29 of his 49 passes for 272 yards against a tough EKU defense. Gahafer broke the shutout with a one-yard touchdown run with 2:23 left in the third quarter and then added a 22-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter.

Twenty-seven EKU defenders recorded at least one tackle during the game.

The Colonels take to the road next Saturday to open Ohio Valley Conference play at UT Martin. Kickoff on ESPN3 is scheduled for 1 p.m. EKU will play at home again Oct. 11 at against Eastern Illinois.

NOTES
–Eastern is 3-0 for the first time since 1992.

–EKU’s 46 first half points were the most points in a half since scoring 42 in the first half against Eastern Illinois on Oct. 9, 2004 in Richmond.

–Eastern Kentucky entered the game ranked fourth nationally (FCS) in rushing defense (44.0 yards per game), seventh in scoring defense (10.0 points per game) and 11th in sacks (3.5 per game). The Colonels held the Eagles to 60 rushing yards, 13 points and had one sack.

–Dy’Shawn Mobley’s 61-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game was his longest run as a Colonel. The junior newcomer played at Kentucky his first two seasons.

–The announced attendance of 16,700 was the largest crowd for a home game since 2008 when 18,500 watched the Colonels host Western Kentucky on August 28.

–This is the 46th consecutive season the Colonels have played their home games at Roy Kidd Stadium. EKU is 209-48-1 all-time at the facility. Eastern is 11-3 in home openers since 2000 and has won five straight.

–This was the 72nd meeting between Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State, but just the fourth since 1995. EKU holds a 52-16-4 advantage in the series and is now 27-9-1 at home against the Eagles.

–Joel Brown, Jeff Glover and Dy’Shawn Mobley each scored their first touchdowns wearing an EKU jersey.

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Absanon named OVC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted on 07 September 2014 by admin

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Junior Stanley Absanon was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Colonels to a win over Miami (Ohio) Saturday.
Absanon became the first Eastern Kentucky player to have two interceptions in the same game in almost two years as he helped the Colonels to a victory over Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Miami (Ohio). It was the first victory over a FBS opponent for EKU since 1985, snapping an 18-game losing streak to higher division foes. The junior made a jarring hit in the end zone on a 3rd-and-4 play in the third quarter that prevented the RedHawks from scoring a touchdown (MU had to settle for a field goal). Three minutes later Absanon picked off his first pass of the day and returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 10 with 3:53 to play in the third quarter. He then sealed the game by making an interception at midfield with less than one minute to play in the game. Absanon finished the game with six tackles and three pass breakups to go along with his two interceptions. He currently ranks second nationally in interceptions.

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Colonels pick up win over FBS Miami Ohio

Posted on 06 September 2014 by admin

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OXFORD, Ohio – Junior wide receiver Jeff Glover’s trick-play touchdown pass to junior Deno Montgomery late in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Eastern Kentucky University football team stunned FBS member Miami (Ohio), 17-10, on Saturday afternoon at Yager Stadium.

With the game tied, 10-10, and both offenses sputtering in the fourth quarter, EKU (2-0) turned to trickery for the historic win. Glover took the second handoff on a backfield reverse and connected with a wide-open Montgomery downfield for a 43-yard touchdown that gave the Colonels the lead with 4:43 to play.

Junior Stanley Absanon – who had the equalizing pick six in the third quarter – sealed the victory by intercepting Miami (0-2) quarterback Andrew Hendrix on the RedHawks’ ensuing drive.

It is EKU’s first win over an FBS program since 1985 when the Colonels defeated Louisville, 45-21.

The EKU defense stifled Miami to only 60 yards rushing. Although the RedHawks threw for 359 yards, the Colonels picked off Hendrix three times and boasted a +4 turnover margin on the day.

Miami drew first blood in the game, as Hendrix connected with Jared Murphy on a 40-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the day.

The EKU defense settled down after the early score and forced two straight Miami punts.

Colonel special teams then got in on the action as senior Chris Owens recovered a muffed punt at the Miami 15-yard line. Senior Andrew Lloyd converted a 37-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 2:05 remaining in the first quarter.

Miami threatened midway through the second quarter, driving the ball 73 yards to the EKU four-yard line. However, sophomore Devin Borders blocked a 21-yard field goal attempt by the RedHawks.

Keyed by a 43-yard catch by senior Channing Fugate, Eastern responded with a 52-yard drive of its own to the Miami 20. But, a pass by senior Jared McClain was intercepted in the end zone and returned for a touchback.

The Colonels had another chance to score with just under three minutes to play in the first half, as junior Trey Thomas sacked Hendrix and forced a fumble at the Miami 24. Junior Marquise Piton scooped up the fumble with daylight in front of him, but was hit from behind and lost a fumble at the Miami 20.

The RedHawks took the ball to the EKU 35-yard line on their ensuing drive, but senior Brandon Stanley picked off a pass by Hendrix with a minute on the clock.

The Colonels then took the ball 47 yards in less than a minute to the Miami 23, but a holding penalty with 12 seconds on the clock knocked EKU out of field goal range.

Miami chewed up clock on its opening drive of the second half, going 68 yards in just over six minutes and thirty seconds. The drive looked to culminate with a five-yard touchdown pass from Hendrix to Alex Welch, but a jarring hit by Absanon knocked the catch loose and Miami had to settle for a chip shot field goal to take a 10-3 lead.

Absanon was not done. After a three-and-out by EKU, Miami drove the ball to its own 46-yard line before Absanon jumped an out route and took the ball 55 yards up the sideline for a game-tying touchdown with 3:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Notes:
–Glover’s game-winning touchdown pass was the second touchdown pass of his career … he connected with Ike Ariguzo on a similar play last year against Tennessee Tech.

–With the win, Eastern improves to 2-0 for the first time since 2000.

–Devin Borders has two blocked kicks in the first two games of the year. He led all of FCS last year with five blocked kicks.

–The six turnovers forced were the most by the Colonels since forcing six against Southeast Missouri on Oct. 15, 2011.

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