The Eastern Kentucky University football team fell on the road to the University of Louisville, 30-3 on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Cardinal Stadium.

“Really pleased with the effort and the attitude we played with,” head coach Walt Wells said in a post game interview. “I’m not happy with the mistakes that were made offensively, in our parameter blocking and our overall blocking.”

The Cardinals were able to break through the Colonel defense to build up a 13-0 lead in the first quarter and early in the second.

EKU would answer back late in the second quarter with a 39-yard field goal from Patrick Nations.

Going into halftime, the Cardinals gained a 20-3 lead. Coming out of the half, UL continued to add to their score and took the game, 30-3.

“When you’re playing an FBS opponent, you have to approach it like you’re playing an FCS opponent,” Wells said. “You have to get to the fourth quarters to win these games.”

EKU quarterback Parker McKinney went 21-for-32 for 129 yards and tacked on 44 yards on eight carries.

EKU wide receiver Matt Wilcox Jr. caught seven passes for 66 yards.

EKU defensive lineman Shane Burks II had a sack.

EKU Kyle Bailey led with nine tackles.

UL Malik Cunningham went 15-for-23 for 183 yards and had 29 rushing yards on 11 carries.

The Colonels will play their home opener Saturday, Sept. 18 against Indiana State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium.

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