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Eastern Kentucky looking for ninth straight win in OVC openers against Austin Peay


North Carolina State scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on its way to a 35-0 victory against Eastern Kentucky in the Colonels last outing. EKU hosts Austin Peay in its OVC opener Saturday at 6 p.m. (EKU Athletics Photo)

North Carolina State scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on its way to a 35-0 victory against Eastern Kentucky in the Colonels last outing. EKU hosts Austin Peay in its OVC opener Saturday at 6 p.m. (EKU Athletics Photo)

 

Eastern Kentucky University will open its quest for a 22nd Ohio Valley Conference championship Saturday when the Colonels open league play at home against Austin Peay.
 

The game will begin at 6 p.m. at Roy Kidd Stadium. Saturday’s game will mark the introduction of the Touchdown Terrace with beer sales.
 

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.
 

EKU has won eight straight OVC home-openers, including all seven under head coach Dean Hood. The Colonels have also won 13 straight games that come after an open week, which is the case on Saturday. Eastern was off last weekend.
 

Eastern Kentucky began the season with a 52-10 victory over Valparaiso at home. The EKU defense was stout against the Crusaders, limiting them to 38 yards rushing. Senior Stanley Absanon dominated nearly every phase of the game.
 

On defense he picked off a pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown. On special teams he totaled 126 yards on five kick returns, including an average of 40 yards per kickoff return.
 

Eastern followed with a loss at FBS North Carolina State, a team that remains undefeated and on the edge of the top-25.
 

Newcomer D’Vonta Derricott has also shined for the defense. The transfer from Kansas State leads the team with 13 tackles. Offensively, senior wide receiver Jeff Glover has caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaging 17.2 yards per catch.
 

Austin Peay is 0-3 this season, but the Governors’ last two games came on the road against FBS teams Southern Miss and Vanderbilt. APSU opened the season with a 28-7 loss to Mercer. Redshirt senior quarterback Trey Taylor has led the Austin Peay offense. He’s completed 60 percent of his passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns.
 

Parking
 

• The Alumni Coliseum east side parking lot will close at 10 p.m. on Friday night before the game. Any cars remaining in the lot after that time are subject to tow. The lot will reopen for tailgating Saturday at 9 a.m.
• From three hours before the start of and 30 minutes after the conclusion of home football games, Roy and Sue Kidd Way will be closed to vehicle traffic from Van Hoose Drive to the Eastern Bypass.
• A reminder to Colonel Club members: an alternate route to the Colonel Club parking area is available by entering near Model School.
• Alternate parking areas include: Brockton Lot, located off Van Hoose Drive and behind the Brockton Apartments; Greg Adams Tennis Complex Lot, located across the Bypass from Roy Kidd Stadium.
• Please use one parking space per car or truck.
• After each game, Kit Carson Drive will be closed to southbound traffic from the Park Drive intersection to the Van Hoose intersection. This closing will occur at the end of each game and will last normally for a period of thirty (30) to forty-five (45) minutes. However, the closing may occur earlier and last longer than anticipated depending on traffic conditions and the size of the crowd.
 

Touchdown Terrace
 

EKU will introduce the new Touchdown Terrace with beer sales at Saturday’s game. Please note the following information:
 

• Will open at 5 p.m.
• Located in the north end zone, will be open only to fans 21 years and older.
• Beer will only be available for purchase inside the Touchdown Terrace.
• Fans will be limited to one beer per transaction and will not be permitted to leave the enclosed area with their purchase.
• Cash Only
• All beer sales will end at the conclusion of the third quarter.
 

From EKU Athletics


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