MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Eastern Kentucky piled up 407 yards rushing on the way to a convincing 29-10 victory over host Robert Morris Thursday night.
Newcomer Dy’Shawn Mobley led the charge with 142 yards on the ground. Senior quarterback Jared McClain added 90 yards, including an 18-yard scoring run in the second quarter. Meanwhile, sophomore JJ Jude picked up 84 rushing yards.
The Colonels scored on their third possession and never looked back. Senior fullback Channing Fugate caught a swing pass from starting quarterback Bennie Coney and scampered 42 yards down the left sideline to pay dirt.
After Coney played the opening quarter at quarterback, McClain took over in the second quarter and led the Colonels on two scoring drives. McClain’s 18-yard scoring run put EKU ahead early in the second quarter, 14-3. On Eastern’s next possession, a Devin Borders 28-yard reception set up a 34-yard field goal by senior Andrew Lloyd to make the score at the half, 17-3.
Eastern Kentucky had two touchdowns called back by penalty in the third quarter and had to settle for two more Lloyd field goals. Redshirt freshman quarterback Barton Mann capped the scoring with a three-yard rushing touchdown in the middle of the fourth quarter.
The Colonels outgained Robert Morris by a substantial mark of 624 to 250 yards. However, four turnovers kept EKU from putting up more points on the board.
Senior Tyrelle Johnson led the defensive effort with eight tackles. Eastern held the Colonials to just 28 yards rushing on 24 carries. Junior Marquise Piton and senior Blake Atzinger each notched a sack.
Eastern Kentucky is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Miami (Ohio). That game will be televised by ESPN3 beginning at 3:30 p.m.
--EKU’s 407 rushing yards are the most by the team since recording 475 yards against Glenville State in 2001.
--Thursday’s win marked Eastern Kentucky’s first season-opening road win since 1992.
--Channing Fugate and Barton Mann each scored their first collegiate touchdowns.
--Placekicker Andrew Lloyd was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals and booted seven touchbacks on kick-offs.