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November 8, 2013

OVC FOOTBALL: EKU’s defense continues dominant run

RICHMOND — In the past four games, EKU’s defense has put together a stunning run of dominant performances.

The statistics showcase just how impressive the Colonels have been.

In the past 17 quarters, EKU’s opponents have been limited to just 20 total points — two touchdowns and two field goals.

“As a whole, we are just playing at a high level,” EKU senior linebacker Anthony Brown said of the team’s four-game winning streak. “From the defensive front, to the linebackers, to the secondary. Individual guys are stepping up. All factors are coming into one at the perfect time.”

It’s been an all-around effort on defense.

The Colonels have not only been able to keep teams out of the end zone and off the scoreboard, they’ve stopped almost every opponent from having any kind of success moving the ball at all.

In the past four games, the Colonels have allowed just 200 total yards a game and only 68.5 yards a game on the ground while out-scoring their opponents 137-20.

During the winning streak, they’ve also forced 10 turnovers, allowed only 48 first downs (12 a game) and have only given up only one play of more than 24 yards.

Opponents have only been able to get into the red zone seven times and opponents have converted only 16 of 62 third-down attempts.

“We don’t have as much pressure on us,” EKU senior offensive lineman Justin Meredith said. “We know we don’t have to score on every possession.”

The defense was at its best last Saturday against Tennessee State at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The Colonels allowed just 172 total yards, forced four turnovers, gave up only 10 first downs and allowed the Tigers to get into the red zone just once.

EKU picked up a 44-0 victory, posting the team’s first shutout in eight years and the team’s first shutout at home in 12 years.

Brown has led the charge on defense during the four-game winning streak. The senior has 13 tackles, one sack, two tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and three quarterback hurries.

Glover still looking for end zone

Sophomore Jeff Glover is tied for the team lead in receptions (27), but he still is looking for his first college touchdown.

Glover caught a 41-yard pass last week against Tennessee State in the third quarter, but was tackled at the TSU 3-yard line.

EKU scored one play later on a run by Jared Sanders.

Glover has 28 career catches for 368 yards, but no touchdowns.

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