Eastern Kentucky edges W. Carolina 31-28, Hewitt with 3 TDs
Parker McKinney was 20-for-28 passing for 238 yards and a touchdown.
CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) - Da’Joun Hewitt scored three rushing touchdowns, Patrick Nations kicked a fourth-quarter field goal, and Eastern Kentucky edged Western Carolina 31-28, spoiling the debut of Catamounts coach Kerwin Bell.
Bell’s Catamounts pulled to within three points on a Rogan Wells keeper from the 1 plus a two-point conversion pass with just over three minutes left.
WCU missed a 46-yard field goal attempt to force overtime on its final possession.
Parker McKinney was 20-for-28 passing for 238 yards and a touchdown for the Colonels, who won their first game as members of the newly reconfigured Atlantic Sun Conference.
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