RICHMOND — Was there ever a doubt?
Eastern Kentucky scored on its first play from scrimmage and kept pouring it on en route to a 55-13 victory over Morehead State.
The Colonels, 3-0 and ranked No. 25 in the FCS, won their sixth consecutive home opener, They also beat the Eagles for a ninth straight time. EKU averaged 39.1 points in the previous eight series wins.
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EKU scored on its first five possessions and seven of its first eight en route to a 46-0 halftime lead. Six Colonels scored first-half TDs.
There would be no letdown for a team which stopped FBS member Miami (Ohio) the previous week.
"You can say it as much as you want, you can still have a letdown, you can still be in a dogfight," EKU Coach Dean Hood said. "Just look across the board in college football. ... It's hard in college football to emotionally be on a high. I think the thing that helped us is — I like this team.
"We had a poor practice on Tuesday. I normally don't talk to the kids until after practice, and I told them up before practice on Wednesday ... how we had a poor practice and they responded. We had maybe our best Wednesday practice we've had all year. So I think our team mindset is, one, that helped us. And then, two, it was our first home game. It's hard to have a letdown the first time you've been at home. I think that really helped us."
A third thing helped, too.
"I think we've got a pretty good football team," Hood said.
Dy'Shawn Mobley, the University of Kentucky transfer, made it look easy by bolting 61 yards up the middle on the first play from scrimmage. He finished the half and the game with 127 yards on just six carries.
"I really have got to give it to the O-line," Mobley said. "The O-line did a great job of blocking it and I seen the hole. I just hit it full speed, and that was it."
In short order, the Colonels added a 32-yard field goal by Andrew Lloyd, followed by five more first-half touchdowns.
Jared McClain ran for a 3-yard TD and connected with Joel Brown on a 9-yard score.
Fellow quarterback Bennie Coney tossed scoring passes of 12 yards to Devin Borders and 37 yards to Jeff Glover.
Channing Fugate had the other touchdown on a 49-yard rumble.
Glover's touchdown was the first of his career.
"It took a year and three games, but it finally happened," he said. "It was kind of installed for the week. He likes throwing the post, so when he called it my mouth started watering. I knew it was going to be there and I just had to make a play. A great pass, the line held, so everything was good."
Coney wound up completing 7 of 10 passes for 117 yards, all in the first half. McClain went 1-for-3 and his 9-yard score, and also was limited to the first half.
"And we got a lot of guys that deserved to get some playing time," Hood said, "because they practice hard every single day as well. Got to get in there and play, which is an advantage for us if down the stretch we get dinged up and need some guys."
Morehead (1-2) had a couple of first-half scoring chances. But a 25-yard field-goal try in the first quarter clanked off the right upright.
The Eagles got as close as the EKU 15-yard line late in the half before turning the ball over on downs.
A Patrick Graffree interception killed another threat.
"We have a great defense. Eleven hats to the ball. That's our philosophy," Graffree said. "Coach (Tony) Hatmaker emphasizes that every practice. We were just trying to get the win."
Morehead broke up the shutout with 2:23 left in the third quarter, when Adam Gahafer scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper.
The Eagles scored again on Gahafer's fourth-quarter pass of 22 yards to Christian Robinson. However, EKU's Tyrell Curry returned a PAT fumble all the way for two points.
EKU's Jared Sanders added a 40-yard TD run with 1:26 left.