RICHMOND — Eastern Kentucky's offense came out humming Saturday.
The defense made out like bandits, and special teams were, well, special.
Putting them all together added up to a 31-25 Ohio Valley Conference homecoming victory at Roy Kidd Stadium against Tennessee Martin.
No. 23 EKU (4-2, 4-1 OVC) rebounded from a 20-17 upset loss to Tennessee State and improved to 20-0 all-time against the Skyhawks.
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UTM (2-5, 1-3) lost its third game in a row.
T.J. Pryor and Garnett Phelps led Eastern's offense. Pryor, a redshirt freshman, completed 19 of 33 passes for 235 yards and two TDs.
"My O-line's doing great right now," he said. "They're giving me a lot of time to look downfield and read my coverages, and my receivers are making plays on the ball."
Phelps, a senior, set career highs with seven catches for 118 yards, including a TD.
On defense, cornerback Jeremy Caldwell posted his third two-interception game of the year, and safety Patrick McClellan got his first two picks.
McClellan recovered a fumbled punt to set up the clinching score. Andrew Soucy blocked a PAT kick.
EKU scored its first initial-drive points of the season. Passing 5-for-5, Pryor drove the Colonels 61 yards in eight plays, capped by a 12-yard pass to Shannon Davis.
"Very methodical and mixing it up," EKU Coach Dean Hood said. "Really came out sharp and humming. I think the kids wanted to make a statement after last week of what our focus level was going to be."
UTM's first three possessions ended with interceptions by Caldwell, McClellan and Caldwell. Cade Thompson, who would pass for 334 yards, also threw four picks in last year's 33-31 loss to EKU.
Caldwell's first was a diving grab at EKU's 12-yard line.
Receiver Stephen Shiver "kind of had me beat, and I speed-turned into it," Caldwell said. "It went directly through his hands, and I just pulled it out of there and just made a great catch."
EKU didn't score after that pick or McClellan's.
But one play after Caldwell's second interception, Pryor found Phelps wide open along the visitors' sideline. Phelps cut back to the middle and sprinted for a 45-yard score.
"It always starts with the O-line. ... They blocked good," Phelps said. "T.J. made the right read and just got me the ball, and I did the rest."
Martin got a second-quarter TD pass of 10 yards from Thompson to Kenny Jones. Soucy, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound tackle, blocked the PAT to leave the score 14-6.
"It's a little bit of a thing that our defense takes pride in," said Soucy, who totaled eight tackles. "If the other team scores, we don't let it get us down for long."
Soucy forced a fumble when he sacked Thompson on the opening drive of the second half. UTM recovered on its 1, then punted. That led to H.B. Banjoman's 2-yard touchdown run.
Thompson's 1-yard sneak with 9:50 left cut EKU's lead to 21-13. Quick scores followed:
■ Logan O'Connor's 41-yard field goal for EKU.
■ A 20-yard Thompson-to-Bryan Milligan pass at 3:47.
■ C.J. Walker's 2-yard run for EKU with 1:18 to play.
■ Thompson's 14-yard TD pass to Dexter Anoka at 0:00.
Walker's score came after an O'Connor punt went through Milligan's legs. McClellan recovered at UTM's 4.
"I didn't think he initially touched it ... but I was going after it no matter what," McClellan said. "Then I saw him and Jake Tamaska going after it at the same time. They both hit it, and it popped out, so I fell on top of it."