EKU makes rare visit to Morehead on Saturday

September 20, 2013 

After two grueling weeks on the road, the Morehead State football team returns to Jayne Stadium to host rival Eastern Kentucky for a rare event on Saturday night.

The Eagles (0-3) are coming off losses of 67-13 at Youngstown State and 69-19 at Jacksonville.

EKU (1-2) has also lost back-to-back games, falling at Louisville 44-7 and at home to Coastal Carolina 51-32.

Saturday's game marks EKU's first visit to Morehead State since 1993.

The Colonels lead the series 50-16-4. EKU has won 25 of the last 26 against the Eagles, who have not won a game in the series since 1990. Their last home win in the series was in 1971.

"I've been here long enough at MSU to understand what this rivalry means," first-year Morehead Coach Rob Tenyer said. "There's a strong tradition regarding football. Overall they have a big lead in the series but it's always been 'the game.'"

The teams first met in 1924. Their most recent game was last season, when EKU held off Morehead 24-17 in Richmond.

QB change for WKU?

Western Kentucky could make a change Saturday at its most pivotal position, going from junior Brandon Doughty to one of three backups on the current roster.

"I don't know yet," first-year WKU coach Bobby Petrino said when asked who the Tops' starting quarterback will be. "What we've done is open it up, just like all the other positions that we go through the week, we evaluate effort and how we do. We had a decent practice (Thursday), and we'll evaluate it just like we do every other position and then make a decision."

Doughty has started all three games for the Hilltoppers (1-2) this season.

True freshman Todd Porter has not played a snap in a WKU uniform, but is currently No. 2 on the depth chart.

DaMarcus Smith is the only other quarterback with any experience on the roster, having played late in the loss at Tennessee. The redshirt freshman was 0-for-2 passing and rushed for 9 yards.

Sophomore Nelson Fishback, a transfer from Butte College in California, has also yet to see the field.

Louisville aims to avoid letdown

Louisville players insist they won't look past winless Florida International on Saturday even though the No. 7 Cardinals are heavily favored to win.

The young Panthers (0-3) enter the game allowing an average of 38.3 points per contest and FCS Bethune-Cookman rushed for 311 yards and four touchdowns against them. Louisville (3-0) is averaging 40 points a contest and rushed for a season-high 242 yards in a win over Kentucky.

The Cardinals also hold the edge in several other categories and are 42-point favorites.

Still, Louisville remains wary and respectful of FIU because of their 1-1 record against the Panthers, who won here two years ago and played Louisville close last year in Miami.

FIU's record makes them even more dangerous and desperate in the minds of the Cardinals, who don't want to enter next week's bye with a non-conference loss because of a letdown after last week's win over rival Kentucky.

"One of the toughest tasks for a coach is to get his team ready that's highly favored," Louisville Coach Charlie Strong said. "I want our team to play as if it's got something to prove. A lot of teams know how to be successful, but very few can handle success. ... Every time we become too satisfied, satisfaction leads to loss of hunger."

Foster says he accepted money at Tennessee

Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee.

"Honestly, I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side," Foster says in the EPIX documentary. "I really didn't have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling, like, 'Man, be careful,' but there's nothing wrong with it. You're not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it."

Sports Illustrated first reported Foster's comments in the documentary, Schooled: The Price of College Sports.

Foster, who played for the Volunteers from 2005-08, expanded on his comments Friday after the Texans' practice.

"I feel very strong about the injustice the NCAA has been doing for years," Foster said. That's why I said what I said. I'm not trying to throw anyone under the bus or anything like that. ... I feel like I shouldn't have to run from the NCAA anymore. They're like these big bullies. I'm not scared of them."

Andrew Muscato, a producer of the documentary, said Foster didn't specify how much money he received or who paid him during the four-hour interview in February.

Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement released by the university Friday that, "We can't speak to something that allegedly happened a long time ago."

In response to an email about Foster's comments, NCAA spokeswoman Emily Potter said that "I can't speak to a specific situation."

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