EKU opens OVC play vs. Austin Peay

Eastern Kentucky University football opens league play — and beer sales — at home on Saturday against Austin Peay at 6 p.m.

EKU has won eight straight OVC home openers, including all seven under Coach Dean Hood.

The Colonels began the season with a 52-10 victory over Valparaiso at home. The EKU defense limited the Crusaders to just 38 yards rushing. Senior Stanley Absanon dominated. On defense he picked off a pass and returned it 56 yards for a touchdown. On special teams he totaled 126 yards on five kick returns, including an average of 40 yards per kickoff return.

Eastern followed with a loss at FBS North Carolina State, a team that remains undefeated and on the edge of the Top 25.

Newcomer D’Vonta Derricott, a transfer from Kansas State, leads the Colonels on defense with 13 tackles. Offensively, senior wide receiver Jeff Glover has caught nine passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaging 17.2 yards per catch.

Austin Peay is 0-3 this season, but the Governors’ last two games came on the road against FBS teams Southern Miss and Vanderbilt. Red-shirt senior quarterback Trey Taylor leads the Austin Peay offense. He’s completed 60 percent of his passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns.

EKU’s new Touchdown Terrace will offer beer sales to fans 21 and older at Saturday’s game.

WKU White Out

Western Kentucky takes on Miami (Ohio) Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in its annual White Out game.

“I think we’ve had a good week of practice,” Coach Jeff Brohm said, following a 38-35 loss to Indiana last week. “I think all of our guys are on edge. We understand that we need to play better to win. It doesn’t matter who we play. We have to be able to play 60 minutes of good football on offense, defense and special teams.”

With the Redhawks coming to town, Brohm sees a lot of similarities between the 2014 Hilltoppers and the young, talented team from Miami.

“They’re a young football team that’s going to grow as the season goes on,” Brohm said. “We’ve got a battle in store for us. Our guys have to be locked in and focused and do all of the little things right in order to win.”