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Colonels take on a North Carolina State squad knocking on the door of a national ranking


Saturday's game in Raleigh, North Carolina is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. and will air live online on ESPN3, where available (EKU Athletics Photo)

Saturday’s game in Raleigh, North Carolina is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. and will air live online on ESPN3, where available (EKU Athletics Photo)

 

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will face a top-25 caliber squad when the Colonels play at North Carolina State on Saturday. The Wolfpack are receiving votes in both FBS polls while EKU is ranked 19th in the two major FCS polls.
 

Saturday’s game in Raleigh, North Carolina is scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m. and will air live online on ESPN3, where available.
 

The Alumni and Donor Engagement Office will host a pre-game tailgate event at North Carolina State, beginning at 3 p.m. in the North Lot 11 parking and tailgaiting area by the PNC Basketball Arena. Backyard Bistro will cater the event with soda, tea and water. Beer will be served and two drink tickets will be provided per tailgate ticket purchased.
 

The event will include tents, chairs, music and corn hole boards in addition to a performance by the cheerleaders. Tickets for the tailgate event only can be purchased at the event. Please bring $20 cash or a check. For more information, please call (859) 622-1260.
 

Gillum’s Sports Lounge in Richmond will host a watch party for the game. There will be several give-aways, including a drawing to win tickets to the EKU at Kentucky game.
 

EKU is coming off a 52-10 victory at home over Valparaiso. Five Colonels combined for a total of seven touchdowns in the game. Senior receiver Jeff Glover caught a pair of touchdown passes and totaled 95 yards on his five catches.
 

Kentayvus Hopkins had a game-best 60 rushing yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown. Senior cornerback Stanley Absanon accounted for 182 all-purpose yards. He returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown and totaled 126 yards on five kick returns, including 62 yards off a kickoff.
 

Eastern held Valpo to 38 yards rushing and 1.3 yards per carry, but that rushing defense will be tested on Saturday by the Wolfpack.
 

North Carolina State opened its 2015 season with a 49-21 win over visiting Troy Saturday night at Carter-Finley Stadium. N.C. State rushed 58 times for 251 yards and five touchdowns. Junior Matthew Dayes was the workhorse at running back, rushing 24 times for 126 yards and two scores.
 

The Wolfpack found success when they put the ball in the air as well. Jacoby Brissett completed 21 of his 23 attempts for 196 yards. He tossed two touchdown passes and did not throw an interception.
 

Eastern has played well against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams during Dean Hood’s coaching tenure. In addition to beating Miami (Ohio) 17-10 last season, the Colonels have lost close games at Indiana (19-13), Louisville (23-13) and Kansas State (10-7).
 

From EKU Athletics


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