EKU football against Murray

Daryl McCleskey running up the middle against in-state rival Murray State on Oct. 20. (Joe Steele/ Progress) 

The Eastern Kentucky football team traveled to Austin Peay and came away with a 17-13 win over the Governors.

This game didn’t shake out like many fans and people excepted. EKU had two quarterbacks injured. Redshirt sophomore Austin Scott and redshirt freshman Dakota Allen who has led the offense for most of the season were out with injuries.

That left sophomore Alphonso Howard to take the snaps for the Colonels and he threw for 56 yards in the game and completed 5-14 passes before he had to leave the game with an apparent leg injury in the third quarter.

Freshman Parker McKinney entered the game for the injured Howard and McKinney showed pose and composure as he lead the Colonels to the victory after a 20 yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Dan Paul with 4:29 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

Parker completed seven out of eight pass attempts and threw for 89 yards.

The running game for the Colonels continued to shine in this game. EKU was led by running backs LJ Scott and Daryl McCleskey. Scott ran for 79 yards and McCleskey gained 89 yards on the ground in the game. Howard also alluded the Austin Peay defense on the ground as he gained 83 rushing yards.

The EKU defense came up on top in key moments of the game. Leodis Moore lll had two interceptions for the Colonel's and eight tackles in the game. The EKU defense also forced a fumble on Saturday night.

On third down conversions EKU went 7 of 17 and Austin Peay went 1 of 11. On fourth down conversions the Colonels went 2 of 4 and the Governors struggled going 0 of 2 on fourth down.

Eastern now holds a record of 5-4 on the season and 4-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Colonels will be back in action at Roy Kidd Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 10. This will be the last home game of the regular season for the EKU football team.     

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