Two thirds of EKU’s football schedule for this season has already come and gone. The Colonels sit at 3-4 and with everything they want to accomplish this season still sitting right in front of them, fans are a little uneasy.
This isn’t too surprising given the history of how games have gone this season for the Colonels. EKU has given up at least 22 or more points in every game this season and two out of the teams three wins have come on the last play of the game.
EKU traveled down to Gardner Webb on Saturday in a game where the Colonels were looking to get above .500 for the first time this season and also get some revenge for last years playoff loss to the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
What Colonel fans instead saw was a double digit lead blown in the 1st half and a 2nd half collapse from multiple units which lead to a 35-32 loss to a then 2-4 team. 6th year quarterback Parker McKinney threw three interceptions and the Colonels defense was once again gashed by the run and pass, allowing 450 total yards of offense from Gardner Webb.
While the loss stung and sent EKU back to a losing record on the year, the outlook of the season isn’t exactly dire. EKU has four games left and all of those are conference games. Win those four and you win the conference and are in the FCS Playoffs as a contender.
Drop even one of those games, and things get much harder. The two best teams in the United Athletic Conference are still to come for the Colonels.
EKU fans can choose to either be optimistic or pessimistic, but the facts are that the “Kerns” control their own destiny.
With a trip to Utah Tech this weekend who stands at 2-5 overall, this is a must win for EKU and a great opportunity to get a much needed win before the top conference team Austin Peay rolls into Richmond on November 4th.