The Colonels had an extra week of preparation heading into a match-up with The Citadel.

They spent a lot of that time focusing on how to slow down a triple-option attack.

It made an impact.

EKU (1-2) delivered a solid all-around performance in a 37-14 win on the road.

A week later, the Colonels have to prepare for a much different challenge.

"We are going straight from triple option to triple option in the air," EKU coach Walt Wells said.

The Colonels will face one of the top passing offenses in the nation in their home opener.

EKU is set to take on Houston Baptist at 3 p.m. today at Roy Kidd Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

"We've just got to refocus, reset and get ready for this week," Wells said.

The Colonels opened the season with back-to-back blowout losses — in which they were out-scored 115-10 by Football Bowl Subdivision Schools.

EKU bounced back in a big way last week. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Parker McKinney threw four touchdowns (three to Keyion Dixon) and held The Citadel off the scoreboard in the second half.

"As a team, that was a win we definitely needed after starting off with two tough losses," McKinney said.

The Citadel's triple-option attack racked up 347 yards on the ground, but EKU forced three turnovers, which led to 14 points.

The Colonels jumped on top early with TD pass by McKinney — which gave them their first lead of the season — and only trailed 4:13 total.

"It was fun to play with the lead," Wells said. "I hope we get to do it a lot."

To do that, the Colonels will have to score a lot of points again, while also trying to keep the Houston Baptist air attack grounded.

The Huskies are averaging 34 points, 557 yards of total offense and 486 yards a game this season — despite playing three FBS opponents.

The Colonels won't have an extra week to prepare, this time, but they are confident they can once again rise to the challenge.

"We are ready," said EKU linebacker Matthew Jackson, who had 11 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, a sack and recovered a fumble last week. "I feel like the change (in preparation) isn't really that big because our offense showed us some spread (offense) in the spring."

The Colonels started watching film of Houston Baptist on the 10-hour car ride back from Charleston, S.C., last week.

The first-ever match-up between EKU and Houston Baptist will feature two of the top Football Championship Subdivision quarterbacks.

McKinney leads the nation in passing efficiency (159.4) and passing yards per completion (14.88). He is second in the nation in passing touchdowns (five), fourth in completion percentage (60.4) and fifth in passing yards (476).

Senior quarterback Bailey Zappe has 1,453 yards passing this season with 12 touchdowns and just one interception. He is a four-year starter for the Huskies and has almost 10,000 career passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns.

"It all starts with their quarterback," Wells said of Zappe. "He's a tremendous player. He gets the ball out of his hand quickly. He is sneaky athletic."

The Huskies are winless and the game will mark the end of their fall schedule. They have scored 30 or more points in losses to North Texas (57-31), Texas Tech (35-33) and Louisiana Tech (66-38).

The Southland Conference is planning to play a full league slate in the spring.

Wells will see a familiar face on other sideline today at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Houston Baptist coach Vic Shealy was the offensive coordinator at Austin Peay when Wells played offensive line for the Governors.

"He's a good football coach. He's a good man," Wells said of Shealy. "I have a ton of respect for him."

The Colonels opened the season with three-straight road games.

It's been 322 days since they last faced an opponent on their home field.

"I think we all a little tired of those long bus rides," McKinney said. "We are ready for someone to come to our place."

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