EKU football preview

Defensive back Josh Hayes, redshirt sophomore from Indianapolis, IND. during the Morehead State game. Hayes transferred from Purdue. He is the only player in school history to intercept a EKU quarterback and pick off a ball for EKU. (Zachery Combest/ Progess)  

It’s another week for EKU and another FBS team is waiting to play them.

EKU will look to bounce back from last Saturday's loss to Marshall as they face Bowling Green State University.

The Colonels lead the overall series against Bowling Green 3-1. The last time EKU played Bowling Green, the Falcons defeated the Colonels 63-13 in 2003.

“This coming up weekend we have a great opportunity in front of us. Bowling Green is a very good football team, very talented team,” head coach Mark Elder said during a press conference on Monday.

Bowling Green is winless with a record of 0-2 so far this season, but Elder is not counting them out just yet. “Despite their 0-2 record, they’ve played very well. They’ve had the lead against two power five teams in the first half of games and played very well, but I think they got wore down near the end of games,” Elder said. The Falcons lost to Oregon 58-24 and to Maryland 45-14.  

Running back Andrew Clair leads the Falcons with 78.5 yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry. Quarterback Jarret Doege leads the team with a 60 percent completion rate and five touchdowns. Elder mentioned Bowling Green wide receiver Scott Miller during the press conference as a really good football player. Miller has three touchdown receptions this year and averages 88.5 yards per game.

On the other side of the ball, EKU is led by Daryl McCleskey who averages 71.5 yards per game and quarterback Dakota Allen who has thrown a touchdown pass and has a 58.3 percent completion rate. The leading receiver for the Colonels is Jackson Beerman with 24.5 yards per game on average.

“It’s going to be a difficult game, but one that we are certainly ready for,” Elder said.

EKU will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio on Saturday to face the Falcons. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be streaming on ESPN3.

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