After picking up a Homecoming victory, the Eastern Kentucky University football team will try to make it two in a row when the Colonels play at Murray State University on Saturday.
The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
INSIDE THE SERIES
– Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series with Murray State, 45-27-4. The Colonels are 22-15-2 all-time in games played in Murray. The first meeting between the two teams came in 1929.
– EKU has won 10 of the last 12 meetings, and 13 of the last 16.
– The last time the teams played in Murray, Eastern won 41-34 in double overtime. Two of the last four games in the series have gone to overtime.
– Last season, EKU led the Racers until the 4:56 mark of the third quarter. The Colonels built a 20-7 lead early in the third before Murray State scored three third quarter touchdowns to take the lead and never trailed again in the 41-28 victory at Roy Kidd Stadium on Nov. 5, 2016.
– Eastern Kentucky (2-5, 2-3 OVC) rushed for a season-high 229 yards in its 31-21 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday.
– After turning the ball over four times in each of its previous three games (-11 turnover margin), EKU did not commit a turnover against the Skyhawks on Saturday and forced three.
– The Colonels churned out 331 yards of total offense against UT Martin, a team that entered the game first in the Ohio Valley Conference and fifth in the nation in total defense (271 ypg).
– Keith Wrzuszczak broke EKU’s 51-year-old punting record with an 84-yard punt against UTM. It is the second longest in the FCS this season. The senior was chosen as the OVC Co-Specialist of the Week.
– Corey Glass was chosen as the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after he helped the Eastern defense hold the eighth leading rusher in the nation – UTM’s Ladarius Galloway (104.8 ypg) – to just 41 yards. Glass finished with five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
– Murray State is 2-5 overall and 1-2 against OVC teams this season. The Racers were off this past weekend. MSU lost to Eastern Illinois, 27-24 in double overtime, in its last game on Oct. 14. The Racers have a 13-10 conference victory over UT Martin and a 67-7 win over Kentucky Wesleyan.
– Murray State is the least penalized team in the conference and among the top 10 least in the nation.
– MSU leads the OVC with 12 interceptions made and is first in turnover margin. The Racers also lead the league in sacks.
– Murray State is last in the conference in total offense, but totaled 390 yards against Eastern Illinois in its last game, including 332 passing yards.
– Quarterback Shuler Bentley leads the offense, having completed 64 percent of his passes for 1,102 yards (220/game). He has thrown eight touchdown passes and four interceptions in five games this season.
– Defensive ends Kenney Wooten (6) and Troy-Wayne Quinn (4) have combined for 10 sacks this season.
DOWN THE ROAD
– The Colonels play a second straight road game, this time at Eastern Illinois University at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 4.
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