The EKU football team will host in-state rival, Murray State on Saturday.
This game is also a key Ohio Valley Conference game for both teams. EKU is third in the league with a 2-1 record. The Racers are second at 3-0 in the conference.
A look inside the series shows that EKU leads the all-time series 46-27-4. Last year Eastern won 26-13 at Murray State.
Both teams are coming off of wins last week. Murray State defeated Tennessee State 45-21 on Saturday. In that win, Quarterback Drew Anderson threw for 348 yards and five touchdowns while also running for a touchdown against TSU. Anderson was also named OVC Offensive Player and Newcomer of the Week because of his performance in that game.
EKU defeated UT Martin on Saturday in a close game, 35-34. Gavin Bryant was chosen as OVC Defensive Player of the week after his game-best 11 tackles and a sack to go along with a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Matthew Jackson was selected as the OVC Co-Specialist of the week after his big kickoff recovery to set up the winning touchdown against UT Martin.
Every OVC Player of the Week winner from this week will play in Saturday’s game. EKU’s Gavin Bryant (Defensive) and Matthew Jackson (Co-Specialist), and Murray State’s Drew Anderson (Offensive and Newcomer) and Gabriel Vicente (Co-Specialist) garnered all of the conference’s weekly awards on Sunday.
This is also Homecoming for the Colonels.
Homecoming will also look different this year. The annual Homecoming parade is now scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. along its usual route along Lancaster Avenue and Main Street, and the alumni awards banquet is moved to Saturday morning, Oct. 20. The Homecoming 5K will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at halftime.
Kickoff is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium.