Parker McKinney scored on a 40-yard run in the middle of the fourth quarter, Joseph Sayles blocked Hayden Ray’s attempt to tie and Eastern Kentucky scored 25 unanswered runs to stun Central Arkansas 38-35 in the ASUN- challenge. WAC Saturday.
The Colonels (5-1, 2-0) trailed 35-13 after Central Arkansas (2-4, 1-2) used Darius Hale’s 6-yard TD to cap a 75-yard run in five games with 8:13 left in the third quarter. Patrick Nations started the EKU race at 3:11 with his third basket of the match. Kmare Carey set the next score when he forced and recovered a Christian Richmond fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Bears 15-yard line. Four games later, McKinney connected with Jayden Higgins for a 5-yard touchdown and hit Jaden Smith for the 2-point conversion to bring the Colonels down to 35-24 before the final quarter.
After a three-and-out by Central Arkansas, McKinney led a seven-play, 62-yard workout – ending in Kyeandre Magloire’s 4-yard TD run – in 100 seconds. The 2-point try failed and left EKU behind 35-30 with 13:08 remaining in the game. McKinney came in with his TD green light on the Colonels’ next possession, then connected with Smith for the 2-point conversion and a 38-35 lead. The Bears rolled to the EKU 28-yard line before the drive ended with 2:14 left, setting up Sayles’ block.