RICHMOND, Ky. — Dakota Allen found Matt Wilcox Jr. in the left corner of the end zone from 21 yards away with six seconds left in the game to give the Eastern Kentucky University football team a 31-28 victory over No. 11 University of Central Arkansas on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.
It was Eastern’s first win over a ranked team since beating No. 23 Tennessee State, 44-0, on Nov. 2, 2013 in Richmond. The Colonels’ last victory over a non-conference ranked team was on Sept. 6, 2003 when EKU beat No. 11 Appalachian State, 35-7, at Roy Kidd Stadium.
Quarterback Dakota Allen, who came on to play late in the second quarter, led the Colonels (2-4) on an 8-play, 77-yard game winning scoring drive with just 1:21 left in the game.
On 3rd-and-10 from the EKU 23 yard line, Allen gained nine yards on the ground but a personal foul penalty on UCA added 15 more and got Eastern to near midfield. Facing a 4th-and-1 at the UCA 44 yard line, Allen found Jacquez Jones over the middle for eight. Another penalty on the Bears, this time a roughing the passer call, moved Eastern to the 21 yard line. On the next play, Allen found Wilcox in the end zone for six and the win.
The Colonels will have a week off before hosting Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 7 at Roy Kidd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the game will air live on ESPN3.