Sept. 10, 2011
RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky has converted 6-of-11 third down plays and collected 276 total yards to build a 14-0 advantage at the half here over visiting Missouri State with both clubs looking for their first win of the 2011 season.
The Colonels scored first, taking the opening drive of the game 75 yards to paydirt on eight plays to build a 7-0 lead. T.J. Pryor found a wide open Chris Moore for a 33-yard touchdown strike, followed by a Luke Pray kick.
The Bears punted four times in the first half and committed a costly turnover with 9:21 left in the second. Trevor Wooden coughed up the ball after a keeper to midfield. Jeremy Caldwell picked up the loose ball and returned it to the Bears' 26. Three plays later, Jeremiah Williams broke three tackles and completed a seven-yard run in the end zone to make it 14-0.
EKU threatened again later in the quarter, but elected to fake a field goal with 1:21 to go which the Bears snuffed out to take over on downs at their own 20. On third-and-10, Wooden carried 30 yards to the 50-yard line, but was sacked twice before time ran out to end the MSU threat.
Wooden was 11-for-16 for 68 yards, including two completions for 31 yards to Jermaine Saffold. Wooden has seven carries for 30 net yards, while Chris Douglas has 16 yards on three carries, and Stephen Johnston has tallied 23 yards on five attempts. Missouri State has 132 total yards on 33 plays and six first downs.
David Ingram and Jarrett Wright have six tackles apiece to lead the MSU defense.
EKU, which narrowly missed a big upset in a 10-7 loss at Kansas State a week ago, was led by Pryor who was 12-for-17 for 130 yards and a touchdown. Pryor also has 56 yards on the ground, while Williams has added 62.
Missouri State will travel to No. 13 Oregon next week for a 2:30 p.m. (Central) kickoff. The Bears begin Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois (6 p.m.).