In a season overshadowed by world-wide events, uncertainty has been the only thing certain thing.

The Colonels (2-6) know this well.

They head into the final game on the schedule not even knowing if it will be the last game of the year.

"We are still searching for another game," EKU coach Walt Wells on Tuesday.

As of now, a match-up with Western Carolina (0-1) today at Roy Kidd Stadium is set to be the conclusion to a most unusual season.

Kick-off is set for 3 p.m.

"If we can't get (another game), then a win would send us off into the offseason feeling good," Wells said. "It would provide a building block for where we want to go."

The Colonels also may not even know who the starting quarterback will be until game time.

Redshirt sophomore Parker McKinney injured his shoulder last month. Junior Dakota Allen started against Stephen F. Austin, but was replaced by freshman Isaiah Velez in the first half of last week's game against Central Arkansas.

McKinney returned to practice on Tuesday in a limited capacity.

"We will evaluate the situation all week and make the best decision for Parker," Wells said. "We don't want to do anything to hinder his recovery. So, if he is not ready, then he is not ready."

If he is not ready, Allen or Velez -- or both -- will be back under center.

"Dakota did some good things," Wells said of Allen's performance last week at Central Arkansas. "We just weren't scoring or getting where we needed to go. We felt like we need to make a change and it sparked us a little bit."

While the Colonels are wrapping up their season, the Catamounts are just getting going.

Western Carolina suffered a 58-14 loss to Liberty last week in its opener and is set take on North Carolina on Dec. 5. The Catamounts are scheduled to play in the Southern Conference's spring schedule.

"There's an advantage of experience. We are used to playing and competing together," Wells said. "Their advantage is that they've got eight game (films) to study on us. They've got two new coordinators and we've only got one game film to look at on them."

EKU opted out of the Ohio Valley Conference's proposed spring season, deciding to play a non-league fall schedule.

That left the Colonels without a chance to play for a conference championship or a national title.

So, EKU officials wanted to create a special event to cap the season and reward the players.

The sixth-ever meeting between the programs has been re-branded as the Opportunity Bowl. The winning team will receive rings and a trophy.

"It's a unique situation. Our administration told us when we decided to play in the fall that we would have an chance to play for a championship," Wells said.

The Colonels come into the game after another tough loss.

EKU battled back from a 24-0 deficit to take a 25-24 lead in the third quarter. Central Arkansas, however, scored the final 13 points of the game to claim a 37-25 win in Conway, Ark.

It was second time this season the Colonels have lost after leading in the fourth quarter.

"I'm not pleased with the outcome from last Saturday," Wells said. "We had a slow start on offense, defense and special teams. To battle back from a 24-point deficit and take the lead was a testament to our kids and their belief and their fight."

EKU's rushing offense finally got going behind Alonzo Booth. The redshirt junior running back had 124 yards on 33 carries.

"We went into the game knowing we needed to run the football," Wells said. "I feel like that's what hurt us against Stephen F. Austin. Alonzo was running well. The line was blocking well."

Western Carolina turned the ball over three times last week against Liberty, (two interceptions, one fumble).

Redshirt senior Donnavan Spencer had a team-high 79 rushing yards on 12 carries.

Redshirt junior Will Jones and junior Mark Wright split snaps at quarterback in the loss to the Flames. Jones was 7-for-13 for 74 yards. He threw one interception and one touchdown, while rushing for 32 yards. Wright was 11-for-17 for 66 yards with one interception. He rushed for 12 yards and scored a touchdown on the ground.

The Catamounts totaled 282 yards of offense, rushing for 142 yards and passing for 140 yards.

Senior linebacker Ty Harris totaled 11 tackles with one sack.

The Colonels lead the all-time series 3-2. In the most recent meeting, the Catamounts beat EKU 24-7 on Nov. 14, 2009 at Roy Kidd Stadium.

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