Catamounts go to the air to beat Colonels

RICHMOND — Zack Jaynes threw three touchdown passes, and Western Carolina beat Eastern Kentucky 24-7 in a non-conference game on Saturday.

Jaynes went 24-for-34 passing for 232 yards, including touchdown passes of 43 and 7 yards to Marquel Pittman, and a 13-yarder to Chris Everett. Pittman caught nine passes for 109 yards.

The Catamounts (2-8), who broke a three-game losing streak, overcame a 7-0 deficit to score the final 24 points of the game.

Western Carolina piled together a season-high 335 yards of offense and converted 10 of 20 third downs. Eastern Kentucky was 3-for-12 on third downs.

C.J. Walker got the Colonels (5-5) off to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run. Walker led the Colonels with 46 yards rushing on 12 carries.

The Colonels amassed 18 first downs compared with 15 for the Catamounts, but they had one interception and three lost fumbles.

EKU quarterback T.J. Pryor was 18-for-38 passing for 174 yards and one interception. Wide receiver Orlandus Harris had a career-high nine receptions for 88 yards.

The Colonels need to win their regular-season finale next Saturday at Jacksonville State to secure a winning record. EKU has not finished with a non-winning record since 1977.