RICHMOND, Ky. – The offense (White) beat the defense (Maroon), 48-26, in Eastern Kentucky University’s annual Maroon & White Game on Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.
(Photo: EKU Athletics - Amanda Cain)
An adjusted point system was used for the game. The offense received seven points for a touchdown and three points for a field goal. The defense received seven points for a touchdown, four points for a turnover, seven points for a turnover and touchdown combo, three points for a three-and-out, five points for a safety and two points for a fourth-down stop.
The offense put the ball in the end zone six times and converted two field goals. The defense forced five three-and-outs and forced three turnovers.
Junior to be BK Smith got the scoring started when he caught a 19-yard touchdown pass over the middle from Parker McKinney. Jason Lewis scored on a 22-yard run up the middle, hurdling a defender at the seven yard line. Smith ended the first quarter with a second touchdown catch, this time hauling in a 16-yarder from Austin Scott.
On four possessions in the first quarter that started on the Maroon 40 yard line, the White team scored three touchdowns and punted once.
In the second quarter, the offense started four possessions at its own 40 yard line. The defense allowed just one score and forced three punts. Jaelin Carter capped a six-play, 60-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown grab from McKinney.
The third quarter featured five possessions from the offense’s 20 yard line. The first ended with an interception by Trey Mullins. The third ended when Andrew Dziuk forced a fumble and Josh Hayes returned it for a touchdown. The only offensive points came when a 32-yard catch and run by Daryl McCleskey set up a 40-yard field goal by Landon White.
In the fourth quarter, the White team received three possessions from the Maroon 20 yard line and scored all three times. Dakota Allen finished off the first with a 20-yard touchdown run. Samuel Hayworth converted a 35-yard field goal. Alonzo Booth ended the game with a 2-yard touchdown run up the gut.
The offense generated 344 yards of offense and averaged 5.5 yards per play. The Colonels rushed for 154 yards and passed for 190. Four quarterbacks combined to go 17-of-28 through the air with three touchdowns and one interception.
McKinney finished 5-for-9 for 73 yards and one touchdown pass. Newcomer Connor Blount was 6-for-6 for 45 yards and threw a touchdown pass. Smith had three receptions for 47 yards and two touchdowns. Carter caught two balls for 50 yards. McCleskey led the ground game with 52 yards on five carries.
Junior newcomer Landon Heinberg led all players with seven tackles and had one sack. Hayes had five tackles to go along with his fumble recovery. Shane Burks II registered two sacks.
The 2019 season begins for the Colonels on August 29 when Valparaiso visits Roy Kidd Stadium for a Thursday night game.