eku football vs. murray st.

EKU quarterback Austin Scott drops back to pass against in-state rival Murray State. (Joe Steele/Progress) 

The Colonels hit the road this weekend as they travel to what head coach Mark Elder calls a “hostile environment” at Austin Peay.

The Colonels, coming off of a comeback victory last weekend at home against Eastern Illinois 31-23, look to keep the momentum going against the Governors.

“We got a big one coming up this week,” Elder said during his weekly press conference. “We have Austin Peay […] I think this is a very good football team. They have a quarterback who is leading the conference in passing efficiency,” Elder said.     

Austin Peay enters this game with a record of 4-4 and 2-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Last week the Governors defeated Tennessee Tech in a blow out, 41-10.

Looking into the series against these conference foes, EKU leads the series 44-6 all-time and are 21-3 against Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tennessee. Eastern has won 28 of the last 31 games against Austin Peay.

“We are just trying to focus on this week, just trying to get a win this weekend… I think this is a very important game so we got to go out and put a great week of preparation together and get ready to play in front of a hostile environment,” Elder said.    

Both teams are equally matched, but it will come down to turnovers and time of possession. EKU has forced 21 turnovers this season, but Austin Peay has only turned the ball over 10 times in 2018. Cornelius Floyd leads the OVC and is seventh in the country with 0.5 interceptions per game this season. The EKU defense ranks fourth in the nation with 13 interceptions this season so far.

Over the last three games, Eastern has averaged 35:35 time of possession per game. They now lead the conference and are fifth in the nation this season in time of possession.

Another area to watch in Saturday’s game is the Colonels defense. Aaron Patrick now has 16 career sacks and is in sixth place on EKU’s all-time sack list. Floyd was also chosen as the Madness Ohio Valley Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday after his performance against EIU.

The rushing attack has been an important component to EKU’s offense. During the second half of the EIU game, the Colonels ran for 187 yards after only rushing for 29 yards in the first half. L. J. Scott was a big part in those stats. Scott carried the ball 17 times for a career-best 151 yards in EKU’s win. He scored one rushing touchdown and averaged 8.9 yards per carry.

Kick off for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Austin Peay.  

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