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No. 18 Eastern Kentucky travels to Austin Peay aiming to maintain its perfect record


EKU will try to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1990 and the ninth time in program history when the Colonels take on Austin Peay Saturday (EKU Athletics Photo)

EKU will try to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 1990 and the ninth time in program history when the Colonels take on Austin Peay Saturday (EKU Athletics Photo)

 

Eastern Kentucky returns from it bye week Saturday to travel to Austin Peay for an Ohio Valley Conference matchup with the winless Governors. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. in Clarksville, Tenn.
 

Austin Peay has won the last two meetings against EKU in Clarksville and in those two losses, the Colonels turned the ball over seven times to just one for APSU. EKU won in Richmond last year, 38-3, outgaining the Govs on the ground, 321-6 yards. EKU has won the last two games between the schools, both in Richmond, by a combined score of 83-17.
 

EKU, ranked 18th and 19th in a pair of FCS polls, is aiming for its first 5-0 start since 1990 and for the ninth time in school history. The Colonel offense currently ranks among the top-15 nationally in rushing (280.8 yards per game – 6th), total offense (490.5 ypg – 8th) and scoring offense (37.5 points per game – 14th).
 

Entering this week Eastern Kentucky is one of nine FCS teams that remains perfect on the season and the Colonels are one of just six FCS teams with perfect 4-0 or 5-0 records.
 

Austin Peay brings an overall mark of 0-4 into the contest, including an 0-1 mark in conference action. The Colonels are 1-0 in OVC play.
 

EKU is 12-2 following ‘open’ weeks since 2000 and has won 12 in a row following an open weekend. The Colonels defeated Tennessee Tech following its 2013 open date by a score of 24-10.
 

Eastern’s offense already has more big plays (35 yards or more) through four games (13) than it was able to produce the entire 2013 season (nine). The Colonels have scored touch- downs on nine of those 13 plays this year. Against UT Martin on Sept. 20, Eastern tallied three plays greater than 65 yards that went for scores.
 

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After failing to produce a turnover in the opener, EKU has notched 13 turnovers in its last three games, including four against UT Martin on Sept. 20. Six Colonels have notched an interception. Junior DB Stanley Absanon leads Eastern Kentucky with two interceptions and five pass break-ups.
 

Running back Dy’Shawn Mobley leads the league in rushing (475 yards) and ranks third nationally in rushing yards per carry (8.6). Eastern Kentucky has produced at least 500 yards of offense in three of its first four games. The Colonels accumulated 533 yards against UT Martin.
 

Overall, Eastern leads series with the Governors by a 41-5 margin, including 22-2 in games played in Richmond and 19-3 in Clarksville. There will be no telecast of the game, but it can be heard on WCYO 100.7 FM in the Richmond area. An internet broadcast is also available at the OVC Digital Network.
 

From EKU Athletics


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