The Eastern Kentucky University football team made the trip to Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday and suffered a 56-10 loss to the Mountaineers.

The Colonels scored their first touchdown of the 2020 season in the second quarter when Parker McKinney connected with Keyion Dixon for the 28 yard touchdown pass.

“I think Parker did a good job managing the game and stepping up and making a play,” head coach Walt Wells said.

Wells thought for most of the game his offensive line did a good job protecting McKinney from the pressure.

“It gave him some time to throw the football and he can do that,” Wells said. “We just have to continue to get our receivers healthy.”

Wells said that wide receiver Jackson Beerman went down with an injury before the game.

“We have to continue to develop the young guys and give them the ball,” Wells said.

McKinney finished 9-for-17 with 131 passing yards. Dixon had a team-best three receptions for 53 yards and one score.

“We got to do a better job setting the edge and tackling,” Wells said.

Kaleb Lundy posted a team-best and career-high nine tackles in the game. Antonio Smith finished with five tackles, including two for a loss.

“Our guys came out and competed today,” Wells said.

The Colonels showed improvement from last week with 206 total yards of offense on Saturday, compared to last week’s total of 166 against Marshall.

“It’s just a blessing to come out and play big time football,” running back Alonzo Booth said.

Booth rushed for 45 yards on seven carries.

Alexander Woznick hit a 32-yard field goal with 12:16 left to go in the third quarter.

“For a team to be great you should always want to improve,” Booth said.

EKU’s 2020 season continues at The Citadel on Sept. 26. Kickoff in Charleston, South Carolina is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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