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September 11, 2013

OVC FOOTBALL: Colonels tough against the run, again

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RICHMOND —

No turnovers in the Ville

The Colonels had forced at least one turnover in 12 straight games, but couldn’t find a way to come up with a takeaway Saturday in a 44-7 loss at Louisville.

EKU finished with a -2 turnover margin after losing a fumble and a throwing an interception.

“That would have been a lot closer game if we could have turned them over,” Hood said. “We couldn’t get them to put the ball on the ground or get a pick.”

Last season, the Colonels were near the top of the national leaders among FCS schools in turnover margin at +19. They had more turnovers than their opponent just one time — Oct. 6 at Tennessee State (a 23-20 loss).

The last time EKU did not force at least one turnover in a game was Nov. 26, 2011 in a playoff loss at Roy Kidd Stadium to James Madison.

Spreading it around

The Colonels’ offense has gotten production from a plenty of different players through the first two weeks of the season.

So far, 12 different receivers have caught a pass for EKU — including quarterback Jared McClain.

Jeff Glover has a team-best six catches for 77 yards, while tight end Nathan Watts has four catches, including a touchdown, and Devin Borders and Nathan Rawe each have three catches.

Borders caught his first collegiate touchdown pass against Louisville, a 15-yarder in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve got a ton of young guys in the receiving core and they’ve been doing a good job for us,” EKU running back Caleb Watkins said. “Not only catching the ball well, but blocking on the perimeter.”

Last year, only 11 players caught a pass.

Also, five players have at least 10 carries so far this season — McClain, J.J. Jude, Watkins, Thomas Owens and Jared Sanders.

Sanders leads the team with 72 yards on 18 rushes, while McClain has 71 yards on 23 carries and two touchdowns.

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