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October 18, 2012

OVC FOOTBALL: Offense, defense helping EKU control the clock

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LEXINGTON —

Vance gets a pick

Ichiro Vance has racked up 135 tackles and 12 tackles-for-loss since jumping into the lineup two seasons ago.

Still, he didn’t have an interception — until last Saturday.

The junior linebacker from LaGrange picked off a pass from Austin Peay’s Jake Ryan late in the third quarter of a 45-14 win at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Vance returned the interception 13 yards to the Austin Peay 38-yard line.

“I almost felt like I was going to blackout,” Vance said. “I felt like it was never going to happen. It was pretty awesome. It was a play-action pass and I didn’t bite on it. I dropped back to my zone and it came right to me.”

Pryor stays humble

Senior quarterback T.J. Pryor set two more career school passing records Saturday in the win over Austin Peay.

The Louisville native is now EKU’s all-time leader in completions (481), touchdown passes (47) and passing yards (6,547).

After the game, Pryor was once again eager to share credit for his accomplishments with his teammates.

“It feels great,” Pryor said. “Those records are awesome. I just wish I could have all my teammates’ names on (the record too).”

That kind of humble reaction from Pryor comes as no surprise to his teammates and the coaching staff.

“I think he’s got a great perspective,” Hood said. “And probably because of his mentality, he is breaking a lot of records. He’s not a guy who is a ‘look at me guy.’ He’s very humble. He understands that the linemen had to block for him and the receivers had to catch the ball.”

Kickin it up

After missing five of his first seven field-goal attempts this season, Luke Pray is starting to find a rhythm.

The junior has hit three-straight kicks, including two field goals in the loss to Tennessee State two weeks ago. Pray also connected from 29 yards out last week against Austin Peay.

“It’s good that he’s hit a couple in a row,” Hood said of Pray. “I think our protection is better. We’ve been good on our snap and hold.”

So far this season, Pray has hit five-of-10 field goal attempts and is 22-of-24 on extra-point attempts.

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