EKU vs. Murray St.

EKU running back Daryl McCleskey running against Murray State last Saturday. EKU fell to Murray 34-6. 

After coming off of a tough loss to Murray State last weekend on Homecoming, the Colonels  look to bounce back against Eastern Illinois on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Looking into the series, EKU leads the all-time series 13-12 and the Colonels are 6-5 against Eastern Illinois in Richmond.

EKU has average 227 rushing yards this season and Eastern Illinois has allowed on average 227 rushing yards this season. Head coach Mark Elder talked about the importance that his team continues the same offense and running the ball, and looking at those numbers, EKU has a good chance of scoring on the ground.

Daryl McCleskey is second in the conference in rushing yards and rushing yards per game.

The Colonels are currently sitting in the middle of the OVC stands at number five and Eastern Illinois is right behind them at six. With a win on Saturday, the Colonels have a chance of moving up in the conference stands.

The Colonels are now 3-4 on the season and hold a record of 2-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.   

Looking at the opponents, Eastern Illinois defeated Tennessee-Martin, 24-21, in overtime on Saturday. The Panthers offense is averaging 436.4 yards per game.

“I think this is a very good team, explosive offense,” Elder said during his weekly press conference on Monday.  

The Panthers offense is led by the quarterback duo of Johnathan Brantley and Harry Woodbery.  Brantley has completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,553 yards (222/game). He has thrown 12 touchdown passes and does not have an interception in 230 attempts this season. Woodbery has thrown for 1,027 yards (128/game) and has thrown for 10 touchdowns.

This Saturday’s game is also Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day. All EKU faculty and staff can receive two free tickets. Additional tickets for their guests can be purchased for $7.

Saturday is also Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the game. Breast cancer survivors will receive free admission and their family members can purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $7. The Colonels will wear a pink, breast cancer awareness logo on their helmets.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m.

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