MURRAY — T.J. Pryor threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score, but Eastern Kentucky needed a late extra-point miss to hold off a Murray State rally in the Colonels' 34-33 win Saturday.
Pryor, who threw for 179 yards with an interception, notched his 1-yard scoring run one minute into the fourth quarter to put Eastern Kentucky (5-3, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) up 34-20.
But Casey Brockman, who finished with 332 yards passing and three touchdowns, got the Racers (4-4, 2-3) back in it. He connected with Ja-Vonta Trotter on an 18-yarder with 11:36 left to pull Murray State within seven points, and hit Trotter again on a 19-yarder less than six minutes later to pull within one.
Brandon Potts couldn't connect on the extra-point attempt, though, sealing the win for Eastern Kentucky.
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"Very frustrating day for us," Murray State Coach Chris Hatcher said.
The Racers got one last possession with 4:31 to play, but the Colonels held them four-and-out.
Eastern Kentucky's Matt Denham rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns, his third 200-yard rushing game in his last four games. He also reached 1,000 career yards rushing early in the first quarter.
Murray State piled up 530 yards of total offense, the most allowed by EKU this season. Running back Mike Davis had a season-high 206 yards on the ground and 66 receiving.