Sept. 23, 2013 — You never know what to expect when you are matched up with a rival in any sport.
The Morehead State football Eagles squared off with Eastern Kentucky on Saturday night at Jayne Stadium in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 fans. The Colonels however would have the last laugh, defeating MSU 56-24
“I liked our passion and energy,” Head Coach Rob Tenyer said. “They showed a lot of courage and I told them this was gut-check week. This is where we've got to get tough.”
The Colonels (2-2) got career highs out of redshirt sophomore running back JJ Jude, who had 195 yards and four touchdowns. The win improved EKU’s dominance over MSU to a 51-16-4 all-time record and their eighth straight victory against the Eagles.
“He’s a good running back,” Tenyer said. “He’s strong and fast and a good football player. We played good at times but we just gave up too many big plays in the run game.”
Tenyer added: “They have about six 300-pound guys (on the offensive line). They run the football and that’s what they’re going to do in the OVC. We had some big stops tonight but we just couldn’t put the fire out when we needed to.”
The Eagles (0-4) were not intimidated by their rivals to the west and they showed that in the first half.
MSU was down 14-0 on Jude’s touchdowns when freshman quarterback Austin Gahafer connected with wide receiver Kitaro Lewis on a 32-yard touchdown just before the end of the first quarter. Jude would get another score midway through the second to give EKU a 21-17 advantage.
The Eagles responded on the next drive on a 12-play, 71-yard drive that was capped off by a touchdown pass from Gahafer to Rees Macshara from seven yards out to bring MSU within seven just before halftime.