The Eastern Kentucky University football team was defeated by Stephen F. Austin at Roy Kidd Stadium, 24-6 on Saturday.

“It starts with me getting our coaches and our players ready to go and we’re missing several players but you have to rebound and that’s part of it,” head coach Walt Wells said.

SFA quarterback Trae Self scored the first touchdown of the game with a 7-yard run in the first quarter.

With only 0:26 left in the first quarter, Self threw a 30-yard pass to Xavier Gibson, making it 14-0.

At 4:51 in the second quarter, the Colonels were able to put some points on the board with a 30-yard field goal from Alexander Woznick.

“It’s quiet in the locker room but you got to stay together… you have to worry about each other and believe in each other,” Wells said.

Going into halftime, the Colonels were down 14-3.

Shortly into the third quarter, EKU’s Woznick made a 28-yard field goal attempt to make it, 14-6.

With 3:07 left in the third quarter, SFA Zach Nwachukwu had a 22-yard blocked punt returned for a touchdown.

The only points scored in the fourth quarter were from SFA Chris Campos with a 24-yard field goal, ending the game 24-6.

“We couldn’t get connections in the red zone and we couldn’t run the football,” Wells said.

EKU running back Alonzo Booth finished with 41 yards on 11 carries for Eastern Kentucky. Backup quarterback Dakota Allen went 14-for-36 for 158 yards. Wide receiver Jackson Beerman caught four passes for 65 yards.

The Colonels will be heading to Central Arkansas on Nov. 14. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. and will air live on ESPN3.

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