The Eastern Kentucky University football team fell to Troy University, 31-29, after a last-second 47-yard field goal by Evan Legassey.
In the first quarter, at 12:53, Troy led the game with A.J Lewis scoring a 16-yard pass touchdown from Gunnar Watson.
The Colonels answered with a 90-yard passing touchdown from Parker McKinney to Keyion Dixon. It was the longest touchdown pass in program history, beating the previous record of 86 yards set by Matt Guice to Andre Ralston against Southeast Missouri in 2004.
Eastern totaled 425 yards of offense and forced three turnovers.
McKinney finished the day 30-for-47 for a career-best 370 yards. He threw two touchdown passes and had one interception. Dixon caught eight of those throws for 196 yards and two scores.
With only 3:16 left, Troy’s Khalil McClain caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Watson to take the lead.
To start the second quarter, EKU kicker Alexander Woznick connected on a 19-yard field goal.
At 4:49, Alonzo Booth had a 12-yard touchdown run for the Colonels to take the lead, 17-14.
Before the half, Kimani Vidal had a one-yard run for the Trojans to take the lead going into halftime, 21-17.
The only points in the third quarter were from the Trojans, Reggie Todd with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Watson.
The Colonels scored three times in the fourth quarter with Woznick having two field goals to close the gap with the Trojans, 28-23. With 0:21 left, McKinney threw to Dixon for a four-yard touchdown pass. Allowing EKU to take the lead, 29-28.
Only seconds left in the game, the Trojans were forced to attempt a 47-yard field goal from Evan Legassey, which was good. Troy came away with the win by a final score of 31-29.
EKU was chosen as the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Team of the Week and receiver Keyion Dixon was picked as the FCS Co-Player of the Week by Stats Perform after the Colonels’ near upset of Troy.
The Colonels will host No. 11 Central Arkansas next Saturday, Oct. 24 for Homecoming.