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Site change of Thursday's football game latest test for EKU

EKU head coach Dean Hood brought his Colonels to Commonwealth Stadium to play Kentucky last weekend.
EKU head coach Dean Hood brought his Colonels to Commonwealth Stadium to play Kentucky last weekend.

The resilience of the Eastern Kentucky University football team is being put to the test this week.

Four days after EKU's FCS squad came oh-so-close to knocking off FBS Kentucky before losing a 34-27 heartbreaker in overtime, the Colonels learned Wednesday that their home game Thursday night against Tennessee Tech won't exactly be a home game.

The 7 p.m. contest between Ohio Valley Conference rivals is being moved to Toyota Stadium at Georgetown College, EKU Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller announced.

Eastern Kentucky President Michael Benson announced the closing of all EKU campuses for Thursday and Friday because of a security threat.

Toyota Stadium is home to Georgetown College and Scott County High School football and soccer. Until recently, it served as the home of Cincinnati Bengals training camp.

Eastern Kentucky enters the game 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the OVC. Tennessee Tech is 2-3 and 1-1.

The Colonels played inspired football against Kentucky, six days after one of their players, Joey Kraemer, was killed in a car wreck. EKU led Kentucky 27-13 with 7:39 left in regulation before the Wildcats rallied.

All previously issued tickets will be honored at the game. All seating will be general admission, with no reserved seats. Additional tickets may be purchased for $8 by calling the EKU athletics ticket office at (859) 622-2122 or by visiting EKUSports.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase, cash only, at Toyota Stadium, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Parking is $5.

Thursday's game is still a "Blackout." Colonels fans are encouraged to wear black. Free black T-shirts will be available for students while supplies last.

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