NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jared McClain and Dy'Shawn Mobley each accounted for three touchdowns and Eastern Kentucky defeated Tennessee State 56-42 on Saturday.
McClain finished with 139 yards on 23 carries and also threw for 70 yards on 10-of-18 passing. His 36-yard touchdown run put the Colonels (8-1, 5-1 Ohio Valley) in the lead for good, 27-21. He added a 2-yard rushing score and an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Glover to make it 49-28 with 5:40 remaining.
Mobley rushed 27 times for 139 yards with three touchdowns, his fourth consecutive game reaching 100 yards. Now at over 1,000 yards rushing for the season, Mobley's first two scores helped Eastern Kentucky grab an early 17-0 lead.
Michael German threw for 326 yards with four touchdowns and a rushing score for Tennessee State (4-6, 1-5). German's 5-yard touchdown to Quindell Cousins pulled the Tigers within 7 late in the third, but his second interception led to Glover's TD reception.
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Ryan Mitchell had 119 yards receiving for the Tigers.
The Tennessee State defense came into the game leading the league in scoring defense at 17.6 points per game. EKU's 17 first-quarter points were the most allowed in the opening quarter all year by Tennessee State, while the Tigers had not given up more than 28 points all year.
The Colonels scored 24 points off four Tennessee State turnovers.