MUNCIE, IND. – Penalties continue to haunt the Eastern Kentucky football team as the Colonels fell 41-14 to Ball State. The Colonels were penalized 13 times for 128 yards. The Colonel offense finished the game with 289 yards of total offense, 178 coming in the final quarter of play. Eastern would only manage three yards rushing on 27 attempts.
After getting the ball to start the game, the Colonels offense drove down to the Ball State 27 but fell short on fourth down and turned the ball over to the Cardinals who didn’t waste any time putting the first points of the game on the board.
Ball State would drive 73 yards for the score when Riley Neal would find Devin Reece in the end zone for the touchdown. The Cardinals would add two more touchdowns and two field goals to end the first have with a 27-0 lead. The Cardinal drive would only take 3:39 before finding the end zone.
Maty Mauk started the game for the Colonels at quarterback and would stay in for 2 series before Bennie Coney would take his turn at the end of the first quarter. Coney would eventually throw for his first interception of the game Marc Walton would pick the pass off at the EKU 40-yard line and return it for 19 yards. Coney would return on the next Colonel series but would be intercepted again by Martez Hester at the EKU 30-yard line. Coney ended the game 1 for 4 passing with 2 interceptions and 1 yard. Mauk would finish the game going 19 for 32 with 285 yards and 1 touchdown.
Defensively the Colonels were led by Jeffery Canady with 11 tackle while Kiante Northington added nine.
The Colonels finally found the end zone in the final quarter with two touchdown passes from Mauk. Mauk first found Devin Borders for a 28-yard touchdown with 2:14 left in the game. After holding Ball State to 3 and out, the Colonels would take over again on the Ball State 40-yard line. The Colonels would then drive down to the one-yard line. Daryl McCleskey would find the end zone with a one-yard run into the end zone.
The Colonels will now get a week off before starting Ohio Valley Conference play. The Colonels will head to Tennessee Tech on Oct. 1. Kick is set for 7 pm and will be covered by ESPN3.
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