Opportunity Bowl

After coming off of a loss last Saturday to No. 11 Central Arkansas, the Eastern Kentucky University football team is looking to bounce back against Western Carolina University on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. .

“Not pleased with our outcome… slow start to offense and defense,” head coach Walt Wells said.

The Colonels are set to take on Western Carolina in the Opportunity Bowl, in memory of Dr. Sheila Pressley.

“It’s a unique situation for us… we were looking for an opportunity to play for a championship,” Wells said.

After EKU decided to opt out of the Ohio Valley Conference spring season, Wells said they wanted to come up with a way for the team to still have a chance at a championship and the Opportunity Bowl was created and will be sponsored by Raising Cane’s.

Pressley passed away in January 2020 and was the dean of the College of Health Sciences at EKU. She graduated from WCU in 1989 with her undergraduate degree.

The teams have met a total of five times, their first time being at WCU in 1998, where EKU took the win. Also, in 1999 EKU had another win but at Roy Kidd Stadium. Several years later in 2006, WCU won at home and in 2009 at Roy Kidd Stadium. EKU took their last victory over WCU in 2007 at home.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back out and play in Roy Kidd Stadium one last time this season and try to get victory,” Wells said.

EKU has a season record of 2-6 and WCU is0-1 on the season.

“If he’s not ready, then he’s not ready… he’ll be in full gear for practice this week,” Wells said.

The Colonels quarterback Parker McKinney went out two weeks ago due to an injury. Wells said he will be in practice this week but the decision won’t be made until Thursday before the game.

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

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