Opportunity Bowl

Eastern Kentucky University football head coach Walt Wells and team celebrates after their win in the 2020 Opportunity Bowl against Western Carolina at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The second annual Opportunity Bowl presented by Dinsmore and Shohl will be hosted by Eastern Kentucky University on Nov. 20. The game will feature the EKU football team and Jacksonville State University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium and will air live on ESPN+.

The Opportunity Bowl was created to highlight special places and people around EKU and the city of Richmond. The 2020 Bowl honored Dr. Sheila Pressley and her legacy at EKU. Pressley passed away in Jan. 2020 and was the dean of the College of Health Sciences at EKU. Pressley received her undergraduate degree at Western Carolina University in 1989. EKU won the Opportunity Bowl last year against Western Carolina, 49-17.

According to EKU Athletics, “The Opportunity Bowl will help create a platform to spotlight opportunity focused initiatives at EKU through partnerships with the Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, a Kentucky based Community Action Agency, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, the Kentucky Department of Local Government, the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing, the City of Richmond and other partners.”

EKU Athletics plans to hold the Opportunity Bowl annually to showcase it’s faculty, staff and students.

Along with the Opportunity Bowl, EKU will hold its annual military appreciation game to honor current and retired military members.

The Colonels enter Saturday’s Opportunity Bowl with a 6-4 record on the season and on a two game losing streak. EKU last faced Jacksonville State in 2019 and defeated the Gamecocks, 29-23 on the road. EKU trails the all-time series with the Gamecocks, 7-10. 

The Colonel defense is one of only six units in all of FCS with four defensive touchdowns. EKU's offensive line has allowed just 11 sacks all season.

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