EKU will unveil Roy Kidd statue, honor ’67 champs at this week’s home opener

@EKUFOOTBALL GAME WEEK:  KIDD STATUE, 1967 TEAM, NEW STADIUM EAST SIDE, 1ST HOME GAME – IT’S A BIG WEEK

 

RICHMOND, Ky. – 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 Hall of Fame coach Roy Kidd on Saturday.  Kidd won 314 games, including two national championships, as the head coach of the Colonels from 1964 to 2002.

 

The football team that started the championship tradition at Eastern Kentucky — the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl Champions — will be honored at the game as well.

 

In addition, fans will get their first look at the newly constructed east side of Roy Kidd Stadium.  The project includes over 3,000 new bleacher seats, and a concourse that features modern concessions and restroom facilities.  A new pedway from the hill beyond the north end zone leads onto the concourse level.  The student section will now be on this side of the stadium, conveniently located to the nearby new student tailgating lot, which surrounds the Fitness and Wellness center.

 

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.

 

INSIDE THE SERIES

–  Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series 53-20.  The Colonels are 28-9 against the Golden Eagles in games played in Richmond.

 

–  The last four games in Richmond have been decided by an average margin of 11 points, with the Colonels winning three of them.

 

THE COLONELS

–  In their first two games of the season, against a pair of FBS teams, the Colonels lost by an average margin of just 12.5 points.  In the season-opener at Western Kentucky, EKU closed to within 10 twice in the second half and drove to the WKU six yard line as time expired in the fourth quarter of a 14-point loss.  Eastern led for nearly three quarters at UK before the Wildcats staged a comeback.

 

–  Ryan Markush caught 10 passes for 98 yards at Kentucky, the first time an EKU player registered 10 or more catches in a game since Orlandus Harris at Chattanooga on Sept. 18, 2010.

 

–  Kobie Grace finished with 15 tackles and two pass break-ups at Kentucky.  He leads the OVC and is 30th in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game.

 

–  EKU finished with three sacks against Kentucky after recording four at Western Kentucky to start the season.  Eastern’s seven sacks combined this season (3.5 per game), against two FBS teams, ranks first in the conference and 13th in the nation.

 

–  While the defense has registered seven sacks, the EKU offensive line has only allowed two, one in each game this season.  That’s the 23rd fewest sacks allowed in the nation.

 

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

–  Tennessee Tech is 0-3 to start the season.

 

–  The Golden Eagles lost 41-14 at home to then 25th ranked Western Illinois.  TTU then suffered road losses at Kennesaw State (27-14) and at FBS Ball State (28-13).

 

–  Tech has lost 114 yards rushing the ball this season and is averaging just 80 yards per game on the ground.  However, the Golden Eagles are passing for 263 yards per game.

 

–  Tennessee Tech has turned the ball over 10 times in three games, including seven interceptions.  Its opponents have only turned the ball over three times.

 

–  TTU has allowed nine sacks this season and only registered one.

 

–  Golden Eagle quarterback Andre Sale has completed 61 passes for 759 yards.  Wide receiver Dontez Byrd has 20 receptions for 278 yards.

 

DOWN THE ROAD

–  EKU takes to the road for a conference game at Southeast Missouri on Sept. 30.

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