EKU set to play Stephen F. Austin on Military Appreciation Day

EKU backup quarterback Dakota Allen rushes against Central Arkansas in Richmond this season.   

Eastern Kentucky University football will welcome Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Nov. 7 to Roy Kidd Stadium.

The Colonels are coming off of a bye week after a win on Oct. 24 against Central Arkansas, in which backup quarterback Dakota Allen found wide receiver Matt Wilcox Jr. in the end zone for a last-second touchdown to win, 28-24.

“We just want to focus on every day and where we want to go... we have to focus on our opponent… our confidence is better,” head coach Walt Wells said.

The Lumberjacks are a part of the Southland Conference and are coming off a win against Western Colorado, 64-7. They have only faced an FCS team once this season.

“We’ve got into a rhythm with these off days...been able to scrimmage,” Wells said.

This will be the first time the two teams have met.

Quarterback Parker McKinney was taken out of the game against Central Arkansas after halftime and replaced with Allen. Wells said that due to health reasons they are taking it day by day to get him back on the field.

“He’s improving and Parker’s going to work hard in the training room... he won’t be available this week,” Wells said.

EKU has a record of 2-4 and is averaging 33 points per game. While SFA is 4-3 and averages 28 points per game.

“It’s always important to get out front and to play with a lead and you have to keep it,” Wells said.

Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. and the game will be aired live on ESPN3.

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