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Eastern Kentucky hopes to continue domination of Tennessee Martin in Homecoming matchup Saturday

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will host the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday for Homecoming. 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. The Alumni Coliseum parking lot serves as the staging area for the Homecoming...

EKU opens home season Saturday against Tennessee Tech; will unveil statue of Roy Kidd

It’s going to be a big week for Eastern Kentucky University football. After close loses to a pair of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams on the road to begin the season, EKU will play its first home game against Ohio Valley Conference rival Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m. That would be plenty of excitement for Colonel fans, but that’s not all. EKU will unveil a statue of College Football...

Early fourth-quarter scoring spree sparks Hilltoppers to 31-17 win over EKU

Eastern Kentucky University held Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) Western Kentucky University at bay for much of the first half and stayed within striking distance for most of the second half, but lost 31-17 on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium in Bowling Green. Two touchdowns over a two minute and 36 second span early in the fourth quarter allowed the Hilltoppers (1-0) to build a cushion they would...

Colonels travel to Western Kentucky to open new season in Battle of the Bluegrass

The 105th season of Eastern Kentucky University football begins Saturday when the Colonels travel to face longtime rival Western Kentucky University in the latest installment of the Battle of the Bluegrass. The game will begin at 7 p.m. ET and air live on online at FloFootball.com. INSIDE THE SERIES – Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky have met on the football field 84 times. Both schools...

EKU senior linebacker Canady earns second-team preseason All-American recogniton

Eastern Kentucky University senior linebacker Jeffrey Canady was chosen as a second team preseason All-American by TyrantScouting.com, the site recently announced. The Barbourville, Kentucky native started all 11 games last season and was chosen to the Academic All-District Football Team. Canady led the team, was second in the Ohio Valley Conference and seventh in the nation with 123 tackles (11.2...

EKU athletics adding new Bluegrass RV zone for this season’s football tailgating

Eastern Kentucky University athletics will be adding the new Bluegrass RV Zone to its football tailgating experience for the 2017 season, Director of Athletics Stephen Lochmueller announced. The Bluegrass RV Zone is designed to provide Colonel football fans a unique and unforgettable tailgating experience. Located in the lower Alumni Coliseum lot and just steps away from Roy Kidd Stadium, the Bluegrass...

EKU to unveil statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd before game on Sept. 23

Eastern Kentucky University will unveil a statue of College Football Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday, Sept. 23. The statue of the man who won 314 games as the head coach of the Colonels will be located in the north end zone, overlooking the field at Roy Kidd Stadium. Public viewing of the statue will begin at 3 p.m. on Sept. 23. The 2017 EKU football team will host Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m. The...

EKU athletics extends sponsorship and multimedia rights relationship with Learfield

Eastern Kentucky University has announced an extension of its partnership with Learfield, its exclusive corporate sponsorship sales partner and multimedia rights holder, through June 30, 2027. “We are excited about our continued partnership with Learfield as we continue to grow the EKUSports brand and expand our sponsorship program with local, regional and national corporations,” said Director...

Former EKU football star Green donates record $250,000 to honor famed 1967 Colonels’ team

A half century ago, it was the team that ignited a championship tradition in Eastern Kentucky University football. Now, a $250,000 donation from a member of the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions, the largest single gift commitment ever to the EKU football program, will not only remember those pioneers but help pave the way for future gridiron success at Eastern. Ted Green, a former All-Ohio Valley...

EKU to honor 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl champions with ceremony during season-opener

The football team that started the championship tradition at Eastern Kentucky University – the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Champions – will be honored at the Colonels’ first home game of the 2017 season on Sept. 23 against Tennessee Tech University. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The 2017 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Grantland Rice Bowl Championship. All members of the 1967...

Eastern Kentucky QB Swafford awarded prestigious Mitchell scholarship

It was a day that Tyler Swafford won’t soon forget. But Saturday, Nov. 19, will pale in comparison as the Eastern Kentucky University Honors Scholar/starting quarterback looks back on his years on the Richmond campus and ahead to the 2017-18 academic year as a Mitchell Scholar at University College Dublin in Ireland. “I am grateful to the Lord for giving me this opportunity. He has placed...

Colonels hope offensive hot streak continues in season finale against Eastern Illinois

A week after tying the school record with 67 points, the Eastern Kentucky University football team will look to keep the offensive firepower going in its season finale on Saturday at home against Eastern Illinois University. Kickoff is now scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday will be Eastern’s Military Appreciation Game and Senior Day. Any current or former military personnel will receive one FREE ticket...

Swafford’s career-best 289 passing yards not enough as Eastern Kentucky falls to Murray State

Eastern Kentucky University quarterback Tyler Swafford threw for a career-high 289 yards and senior tight end Dan Crimmins hauled in a career-best 124 yards, but Murray State University left Roy Kidd Stadium with a 41-28 win on Saturday. Redshirt junior linebacker Jeffrey Canady recorded 17 tackles for the second time this season. The number is tied for 14th-most in the Football Championship Subdivision...

Colonels try to rebound from tough loss with road matchup at Tennessee Martin

For the fourth straight week, the Eastern Kentucky University football team will face an opponent that is ranked in the top-25 in the nation or receiving votes when the Colonels travel to face the University of Tennessee at Martin on Saturday. The game will begin at 3 p.m. ET at Hardy Graham Stadium. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide...

Eastern Kentucky to host No. 2 Jacksonville State in homecoming encounter

Eastern Kentucky University’s football team will host No. 2 Jacksonville State University for its homecoming game at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. The Colonel Walk is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. through the main parking lot. EKU’s Touchdown Terrace with beer sales will open inside the stadium at 2 p.m. EKU will play Jacksonville State Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium Eastern Kentucky has won...

EKU rallies, but can’t overcome 32-point deficit in 35-28 loss to Tennessee State

Eastern Kentucky scored 25 unanswered points in the second half to get within a touchdown, but couldn’t completely overcome a 32-point halftime deficit in a 35-28 loss at Tennessee State University on Saturday at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.   Eastern quarterback Bennie Coney completed 29-of-45 passes for 350 yards, but threw four interceptions. Ryan Markush caught two passes for 67 yards and Devin...

After big night, win over Southeast Missouri, EKU’s Borders named OVC Player of Week

Eastern Kentucky University wide receiver Devin Borders was chosen as the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday, the league announced from its Brentwood, Tennessee headquarters. Borders dominated the game in EKU’s 31-16 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday, catching three touchdown passes. He finished with seven receptions and 119 yards, an average of 17 yards...

Colonels try to get back on winning track with home OVC matchup against Southeast Missouri

Looking to get back on track, the Eastern Kentucky University football team will host Southeast Missouri on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday is EKU’s Maroon Out game. All fans are encouraged to wear maroon. The game is also the First Responders Game, Hall of Fame Game, Tackle Cancer Game and Family Weekend. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond...

Coming off a bye week, Eastern Kentucky set to open OVC slate at Tennessee Tech

After three non-conference games and a week off, the Eastern Kentucky University football team will begin Ohio Valley Conference play Saturday at Tennessee Tech. EKU has won two national championships, 21 conference titles, has made 21 playoff appearances and has just one losing record in the last 43 seasons. No other current OVC team has won more than 10 league championships. Six of the other eight...

Defense clamps down in second half, EKU runs off 48 unanswered points to pop Pikeville

Forty-eight unanswered points and three defensive touchdowns helped the Eastern Kentucky University football team to a 55-14 win over the University of Pikeville in Thursday’s home opener at Roy Kidd Stadium. The Colonels’ three pick sixes all came in the third quarter, as EKU put the game out of reach. Redshirt senior running back Jared Sanders carried the load on offense, finishing with a career-high...