EKU football

EKU football players run off the field during halftime of the Jacksonville State game. (Ramon Van Flymen) 

Eastern Kentucky football is gearing up for their last game of the season as they travel to face Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

EKU is coming off of a thrilling overtime win last weekend against Robert Morris 40-39. Tennessee Tech fell to UT Martin 38-13 on Nov. 10.

With the win over Robert Morris, the Colonels secured their first winning season since 2015 when they went 6-5 on the season and 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference.  

The all-time series record favors the Colonels. EKU leads the all-time series 54-20. Last year, EKU won in a close game 24-21 in Richmond. The Colonels are 24-11 against the Golden Eagles in Cookeville.

It will be a battle between the freshmen on Saturday. Eastern’s true freshman Parker Mckinney started last Saturday’s game against Robert Morris and is likely to start the season finale against Tennessee Tech.

For Tennessee Tech, freshman quarterback Bailey Fisher has 11 touchdown passes on the year. He was 7-for-14 for 48 yards with an interception and no touchdowns against UT Martin.  

Eastern will be looking to continue the rushing game while also using McKinney’s arm and legs to pick up first downs. The Colonels rank third in the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing offense with 217.4 yards per game. Tennessee Tech has allowed 254 yards per game on the ground.

Kick off is set for 2:30 p.m. in Cookeville, Tennessee. Fans can watch the game live on ESPN+ and live on EKUSports.com.    

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