Less than 24 hours after an extremely humbling loss in the season opener, the Colonels were back in the team's facility.

They watched tape — on their own — and also met with their position coaches.

"Part of that was embarrassment," EKU coach Walt Wells said of his team's response to a 59-0 loss to Marshall. "Part of that is they know they have to get better. We want to understand what we did wrong and why we did it wrong."

The Colonels were certainly embarrassed by just how much went wrong against Marshall.

They couldn't wait to get back to work to correct all those mistakes.

"That just wasn't EKU football — and everyone knew that," redshirt defensive lineman Quinten Floyd said.

It was the kind of reaction that Wells and the coaching staff expected from the team.

"The players' panel got together. They had some discussions and talked with each other," the first-year EKU coach said. "I feel like we are moving in the direction we need to move."

The Colonels are eager to move on.

However, they will face another huge challenge this week.

EKU is set to take on West Virginia University today in Morgantown, W.Va.

Kick-off is set for noon and the game will be broadcast live on FS1.

"West Virginia has a real good team," Wells said. "But, we will be ready to go."

Before moving forward, the Colonels took a moment to reflect on last week's loss.

The team gathered together to watch the game film before splitting into position groups.

"It was a hard conversation to have," Wells said of watching the film.

There wasn't too much positive to take away from the lopsided loss.

Marshall out-gained the Colonels 627-166 in the season opener for both teams. The Thundering Herd had 34 first downs and was 9-of-12 on third/fourth downs.

EKU had seven first downs and averaged 3.5 yards a play.

The Colonels never got into the red zone and only moved across mid-field three times.

EKU never forced a turnover as Marshall ran 83 offensive plays.

"The coaches put us in the right positions, we just didn't execute," Floyd said.

The Colonels led the Ohio Valley Conference in rushing last season at more than 200 yards a game. They had only 86 yards on 31 attempts against Marshall, an average of 2.8 yards an attempt.

Quentin Pringle had a team-best 39 yards on six carries, while redshirt junior Alonzo Booth — EKU's top returning back — had only 33 yards on 15 carries.

"He will be the first to tell you, he missed about three runs that could have been big runs," Wells said of Booth.

Parker McKinney got the start at quarterback and completed 7-of-10 passes for 71 yards with an interception. Dakota Allen played in the second half and connected on 3-of-5 passes for nine yards.

Jacquez Jones had a team-best four catches for just nine yards. Keyion Dixon had three catches for 34 yards.

The EKU offense will get a much-needed boost this week with the return of redshirt freshman running back Tyrus Dickerson.

The match-up with West Virginia will be the first-ever between the programs.

The Mountaineers were 5-7 in 2019 in their first season under Neal Brown, who played and coached at the University of Kentucky.

West Virginia brings back 40 lettermen from last season, including 16 on offense.

One of those returners has played against EKU before.

Redshirt junior quarterback Jarret Doege was named WVU's starter earlier this week. In 2018, he completed 28-of-39 passes for four touchdowns and one interception to lead Bowling Green to a 42-35 win over EKU.

Doege beat out Oklahoma transfer Austin Kendall — last year's starter — for the job.

The Mountaineers were picked eight in this year's Big 12 Preseason Poll, finishing ahead of only Texas Tech and Kansas.

WVU had only one player selected to the Big 12 Preseason All-Conference team — senior defensive lineman Darius Stills.

Brown, who is a Danville native, had a tremendous amount of success at Troy before taking in Morgantown. The Trojans were 31-8 in his final three seasons at the school, including a win over LSU. Troy was also 3-0 in bowl games under Brown.

"He's probably got everything in place to where he can go out and have some success," Wells said of Brown. "He will do a great job."

The Colonels will need to play much, much better this week to have a chance to beat a team from a Power 5 Conference.

They know that.

The game will be broadcast live on national television, but will be played in an empty stadium because of COVID-19 concerns.

EKU is set to receive $450,000 for the match-up, which is the season opener for WVU leading into an eight-game conference schedule.

Wells, though, says the Colonels will come into the game with the same goal as they do every week despite being heavy underdogs for the second-straight week.

To get a win.

"There's no other reason to play this game than that," Wells said.

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