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EKU wins OVC opener with ease over Tennessee St.

Posted at 11:55 PM, Sep 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-28 23:55:16-04

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s football team rushed for 379 yards and the Colonel defense stymied a potent Tennessee State University passing game for three quarters in a 42-16 victory at Roy Kidd Stadium on Saturday.

Senior Daryl McCleskey rushed for a career-best 202 yards and scored two touchdowns for EKU (3-2, 1-0 OVC). He was the first Colonel to eclipse the 200-yard rushing mark since Dy’Shawn Mobley ran for 224 yards against Murray State on Nov. 15, 2014. McCleskey averaged 12.6 yards per carry.

Alonzo Booth carried the ball 12 times for 115 yards and also scored two touchdowns.

Tennessee State came into the game averaging 32 points and 328 passing yards per game. Eastern held the Tigers to 128 passing yards through three quarters while building a 28-16 advantage. Forced to attempt 18 passes in the fourth quarter in hopes of staging a comeback, TSU added 142 to its total and finished with 270 passing yards for the game. Tennessee State came into the contest averaging 462 yards of offense, but was held to 382 on Saturday.