EKU football falls to Louisville

EKU football team huddles during a timeout in the fourth quarter against Louisville on Saturday.  

The Eastern Kentucky University football team rolled into Louisville to face the Cardinals under the lights at Cardinal Stadium and fell 42-0.

This was the first matchup between the two teams since 2013 when the Cards defeated the Colonels, 44-7.

Coming in, head coach Mark Elder was confident in his team and the chance for his guys to pick up a win, but after the game Elder said Louisville wore them down.

“They kicked our tail in the second half,” Elder said. “There were some positives and things to really be excited about in the first half, particularly defensively. I thought our defense did a lot of good things in the first half… We really struggled with our offense against their defense.”

Quarterback Conor Blount tossed for only 43-yards and completed 6-of-12. Blount was sacked four times and twice on third down. Parker McKinney entered and went 3-for-4 and was sacked once.

The Colonels could not control the Cardinal defense. Louisville forced EKU to punt nine times and held the Colonel offense top only 172 yards of offense.

After 358 days, the Cardinals ended the program’s second longest home losing streak.

First-year head coach Scott Satterfield picked up his first win at Louisville in dominating fashion over the Colonels.

Up next for EKU is Indiana State on the road this Saturday, Sept. 14. Kick off in Terre Haute is set for 1 p.m.

For a full recap, check out the sports page in this week’s Eastern Progress on Tuesday.

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