EKU football won its second straight game of the season after a 26-13 defeat of Murray State on Saturday.
Offense struggled early, failing to convert on fourth down, but the defense forced a Murray punt on the following drive.
The Colonels’ next possession was sparked with a 72-yard run from sophomore running back Darryl McClesky. The run led to a 22-yard touchdown from junior tight end Dan Paul.
The defense would force three punts in the first quarter, and took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.
EKU opened the second quarter with the ball and capped off a 16-play drive with a two-yard touchdown run from LJ Scott running, giving the Colonels a 14-0 lead. Murray would get a field goal in return, cutting the lead down to 14-3.
Eastern immediatly responded with a nine-play, 71-yard drive ending with quarterback Tim Boyle connecting with senior Ryan Markush from 36 yards out for a touchdown. The Colonels missed the extra point, resulting in a 20-3 score.
Murray fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, giving the Colonels the ball on the Murray 21 yard line.
Boyle and the offense would score in five plays, finishing the drive similar to how the finished their first: with another touchdown for Scott from one yard out. The kicking woes continued, however, as EKU missed another extra point, making the score 26-3 with 1:30 left in the first half.
A 40-yard pass from Murray with only 56 seconds left in the half would put them in field goal range, and they would capitalize just before halftime hit. EKU still held a 26-6 lead at half.
With six minutes left in the game, Murray mustered up a 12-play, 98-yard drive to give them their only touchdown of the game and cut the lead to 26-13.
The Colonels got the ball on the kickoff and proceeded to run the clock down to 55 seconds, ending any comeback chance Murray had.
The running back duo of Scott and McClesky accounted for 180 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. McClesky led the Colonels in rush yards with 144, and Scott added two touchdowns.
The 144 yards by McClesky was on the heels of a 137-yard performance the week before, his career high until this week.
Quarterback Boyle threw for 201 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Boyle has now thrown nine touchdowns on the season, and is currently sitting at 1,639 passing yards.
The win brings the Colonels’ record to 3-5 overall and 3-3 in the OVC. Eastern will look to make it three wins in a row as they travel to Illinois Saturday, Nov. 4 to take on Eastern Illinois (5-4). Kickoff is at 2 p.m.