The Eastern Kentucky University football team had a major second half comeback scoring 25 points to defeat Central Arkansas, 38-35 on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The Bears were the first to put points on the board with a six-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. To start the second quarter, the Bears had a 70-yard touchdown pass, 14-0.
The Colonels were able to bounce back in the second quarter when running back Braedon Sloan had his first pass from quarterback Parker McKinney for a 24-yard touchdown.
The Bears jumped back with a three-yard rushing touchdown extending their lead before the half, 21-7.
The Colonels were unable to get the touchdown after a 10-yard drive and settled for a 41-yard field from kicker Patrick Nations.
Right before heading to the locker room, UCA quarterback had a touchdown to extend their lead, 28-10.
To get the second half rolling, Nations kicked a 47-yard field goal but on the next play, the Bears would score a touchdown, shooting up their score by three scores.
Nations knocked down his third field goal in the third quarter from 25-yards out.
Defensive back Kmare Carey recovered a fumble after forcing it on a kickoff. This allowed McKinney to connect with wide receiver Jayden Higgins several plays later for a five-yard touchdown. The Colonels went for it on the two point conversion to make it, 35-24.
Running back Kyeandre Magloire had a four-yard touchdown to get the Colonels within five points, 35-30. This was Maglorie’s first career touchdown as a Colonel.
The Colonels made stops on defense, allowing the offense to keep working. McKinney made a big play with a 40-yard touchdown to give the Colonels their first lead, 38-35.
The Bears were not giving up and made it to the EKU 25-yard line for a game tying field goal but the Colonels defense blocked it.
EKU used their last possession to run out the clock.
McKinney was named ASUN offensive player of the week for the second week in a row. McKinney was 24-for-40 for 224 yards with two touchdowns and one interception and led EKU’s rushing attack with 65-yards on six carries.
Linebacker Matthew Jackson earned defensive player of the week. Jackson had 13 stops and two tackles for a loss and a sack.
Nations was honored for special teams player of the week and leads the ASUN in field goal accuracy at 83.3%.
Wide receiver Matt Wilcox Jr. had a game high of 11 passes for 67 yards.
With the victory, EKU is now ranked No. 22 in the FCS Top 25 for the first time since 2015.
The Colonels will welcome Lamar to Roy Kidd Stadium on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. This will be the Colonels paint the town pink game.