5:06pm

Thu September 1, 2011
Sports

EKU Opens Before Big 12 Sellout

The Eastern Kentucky University Colonels head west to take on a different breed of Wildcat Saturday.  Eastern goes up against Big-12 foe Kansas State Saturday night. Kansas State was eight and six last year, beating the likes of UCLA and Texas.  EKU finished last season with four straight wins. So, Colonel coach Dean Hood says a ‘huge upset’ is always ‘in play’.

“Really it’s been a just kind of a even keel of a rise from the four game win streak from a year ago,” said Hood.

Coach Hood says his squad welcomes the opportunity to play before a sold out crowd of 50,000 fans in Kansas.

"It’s gonna’ give you an opportunity to really put your program on the map.  I’m sure every FCS school is looking to be the next James Madison that knocks off Virginia Tech or the next Appalachian state that knocks off Michigan…you know everybody’s looking for that for that one shining moment…and we’re no different,” added Hood.

Eastern will be without the services of standout quarterback T.J. Pryor.  The Louisville junior injured his throwing hand and could be out for the first two games of the season.