The Eastern Kentucky University football team rattled Abilene Christian to get its first ASUN-WAC Challenge victory, 30-15, on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.
“We felt the energy from our crowd,” head coach Walt Wells said. “We’re really proud of our team and we’re really proud of our resiliency that they showed in this game.”
The Colonels kicked off the game with a 5-yard touchdown run from quarterback Parker McKinney, 7-0. Kicker Patrick Nations had a 24-yard field goal to end the first quarter, 10-0.
The Wildcats came out in the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run from Tyrese White to cut into the Colonels lead, 10-7.
McKinney connected with tight end Dakota Allen for a 22-yard touchdown pass. Allen got his first receiving score of his career, after moving from quarterback this season, and to extend the Colonels lead before halftime, 17-7.
Within only three minutes, Nations kicked a 21-yard field goal, 20-7. To end the first half, wide receiver Jayden Higgins had an 18-yard touchdown pass from McKinney, 27-7.
“We wanted to come out and set the mentality of, ‘it doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says,’” Wells said. “We want to make sure we are the best versions of ourselves and play to that standard.”
After the half, the only points the Colonels scored was a 30-yard field goal from Nations, 30-7.
The Wildcats snuck in a 7-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter from Stone Earle, 30-15.
McKinney was 15-for-27 for 202 yards and tacked on a career high of 98-yards rushing on eight carries.
Running back Da’Joun Hewitt ran 19 times for 88 yards.
Wide receiver Jaden Smith had four passes for 43 yards.
Linebacker Matthew Jackson led the defense with nine tackles.
Defensive line Roland Walder finished with two tackles for loss and a sack.
McKinney picked up ASUN offensive player of the week, while Nations received special teams player of the week.
The Colonels will hit the road to take on Central Arkansas on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.