EKU releases 2010 football schedule

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team will play 11 games in 2010, highlighted by a road contest at Louisville on Sept. 11. Eastern’s home schedule features five games, including games against 2009 OVC champion Eastern Illinois (Oct. 9) and league rival Jacksonville State (Nov. 6).

The Colonels open the season with three consecutive road games. For the third straight year, EKU will kick off the schedule on a Thursday night, this time at Missouri State. This will be the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Bears, out of the Missouri Valley Conference, finished 6-5 overall this past fall with wins over Murray State, UT Martin and Youngstown State.

The following week, Eastern Kentucky takes on in-state rival Louisville for the first time since 1991. Eastern’s last victory over a Division I FBS opponent came against the Cardinals back in 1985. On Sept. 18, the Colonels travel south on Interstate 75 to battle Southern Conference foe Chattanooga. Both Missouri State and Chattanooga will visit Roy Kidd Stadium in 2011.

Eastern Kentucky will finally play its home opener on Sept. 25 against Kentucky State. Two weeks later, the Colonels open OVC action against defending league champion Eastern Illinois. EKU was one of just two OVC teams to defeat the Panthers in 2009.

Homecoming is scheduled for Oct. 30 against Murray State. The Colonels have won eight of the last nine meetings against the Racers.

Eastern winds down the schedule with two home games in November. On Nov. 6, the Maroons welcome Jacksonville State to Roy Kidd Stadium. The two teams were involved in an offensive shoot-out in 2009 with the No. 15 Gamecocks holding off the Colonels in the regular season finale, 34-26. Eastern Kentucky concludes the regular season on Nov. 20 against Austin Peay. EKU has not lost to the Governors at home since 1977.

The Colonels will not play OVC foe Tennessee State in 2010. Times for all games will be announced at a later date.

Eastern Kentucky concluded its 2009 football season with a 5-6 overall record and 5-3 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.

2010 Eastern Kentucky University Football Schedule

Sept. 2 – at Missouri State – Springfield, Mo.

Sept. 11 – at Louisville – Louisville, Ky.

Sept. 18 – at Chattanooga – Chattanooga, Tenn.

Sept. 25 – Kentucky State – Roy Kidd Stadium (Family Weekend)

Oct. 2 – OPEN

Oct. 9 – Eastern Illinois* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Oct. 16 – at UT Martin* – Martin, Tenn.

Oct. 23 – at Southeast Missouri* – Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Oct. 30 – Murray State* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Homecoming)

Nov. 6 – Jacksonville State* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Nov. 13 – at Tennessee Tech* – Cookeville, Tenn.

Nov. 20 – Austin Peay* – Roy Kidd Stadium

Boldface denotes home game ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC game

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