The Eastern Kentucky University football team defeated Tarleton, 20-3 on Saturday for homecoming.
“It’s always fun to win, the locker room was a great atmosphere,” head coach Walt Wells said. “We had a great homecoming crowd and want to thank all of our students for coming out.”
The Texans were quick to put some points on the board, with a 26-yard field goal, making it 3-0.
Within two minutes, EKU quarterback Parker McKinney pulled out some tricks with a 30-yard run, resulting in a touchdown.
Right before the half, the Colonels kicker Patrick Nations added a 22-yard field goal. The Colonels went into the locker room with a 10-3 lead.
“Parker's ability is just showing more and more,” Wells said. “He’s fast and just a really good quarterback. He’s leaving his legacy and leaving his mark here and it's fun to watch him do that.”
In the third quarter, Nations put up a long 48-yard field goal for the Colonels, to extend the lead, 13-3.
The Colonels defense kept the Texans from scoring the rest of the game. In the fourth quarter, EKU linebacker Eli Hairston recorded an interception 39-yards for a touchdown. This is the third week in a row that the Colonels defense has had a pick six.
McKinney was 12-for-27 for 157 yards passing and a rushing touchdown.
Nations recorded two field goal attempts.
Linebacker Matthew Jackson had led the team with 10 tackles.
Running back Da’Joun Hewitt led with 121 yards for 26 attempts.
EKU was the first team since 2016 to hold Tarleton to at least 10 points scored in 59 consecutive games.
“We are really proud of our football team and how we had to grind out a win,” Wells said.
The Colonels improved to 3-2 on the season and will return to Roy Kidd next Saturday against Abilene Christian. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.