In their second to last game of the season, EKU Football showed dominance on all sides of the ball, breaking a single-game record for points in their 67- 30 win over OVC-rival Austin Peay.
While the Colonels have had a less-than-stellar season under first-year Head Coach Mark Elder, the team’s third win showed a sense of togetherness the team had been lacking before.
Offensively, Tyler Swafford was 15 of 26 for 182 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Jared Sanders also had a huge game, retuning a kickoff for a touchdown.
The team had zero turnovers, an issue that continuously haunted the Colonels in previous games, and defense kept Austin Peay’s momentum at a minimum, holding them for some of their lowest yardage on the year.
While the victory against Austin Peay showed how talented the team is, their final game against Eastern Illinois may prove to be the best test on their resiliency.
Eastern Illinois has a better record than EKU (5-5 overall, 3-4 OVC), and holds one of the most dominant running backs in the conference, however, the team has shown several offensive weaknesses that EKU’s hungry defensive line may be able to take advantage of.
“We’re looking forward to send these seniors out the right way at home against a very good Eastern Illinois team,” Elder said.
Kickoff for the Colonels’ last game of the season is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov 19 at Roy Kidd Stadium.