Eastern Kentucky wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a convincing 35-17 victory over host Coastal Carolina on Saturday night in the first meeting between the two teams.
The Colonels (2-1) never trailed and took a 21-7 lead into the half, only giving up 10 points to the Chanticleers (2-1) for the remainder of play.
Eastern Kentucky outrushed Coastal Carolina 217-106. Matt Denham accounted for over half the Colonels' ground game, going 121 yards on 22 carries.
Denham's 32-yard TD reception in the first quarter, his only catch on the night, got the scoring started for Eastern Ky. He added a 6-yard TD rush in the third quarter that put the Colonels up 28-14.
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Tyrone Goard led all Colonels receivers with 113 yards and a touchdown on four catches.
St. Francis 57, Morehead St. 23: After taking a 23-7 lead, Morehead State gave up 50 unanswered points to visiting Saint Francis (Pa.)
The Red Flash (2-1) rushed for 457 yards on 66 carries to 88 yards for Morehead State (1-2). Keion Wade ran for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
Morehead State's Zach Lewis completed 31 of 53 passes for 364 yards and two touchdowns, one a 94-yarder in the first quarter to Brandon Bornhauser. But Lewis was also intercepted three times and was shut out in the second half.
Kentucky State 35, Lincoln 23: Grandson Brown's 98-yard blocked PAT return for a safety in the second quarter turned things around for the Thorobreds (2-1), sparking a 29-0 run that erased a 16-6 Lions (0-3) first-half lead.
William Jewell 29, Kentucky Wesleyan 26: Sean Shelton's fourth touchdown pass of the day — a 5-yarder to Quentin Riser with 4:33 remaining — capped host William Jewell's second comeback of the game. Kentucky Wesleyan (1-2) had taken a 26-21 lead on Will Barnes' 9-yard TD pass to Jeff Ward with 8:45 left. Barnes passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns but threw two interceptions.
Thomas More 27, Westminster 23: Sophomore quarterback Luke Magness connected with sophomore receiver Ryan Winkler on a 16-yard TD pass with 18 seconds left to give host Thomas More (1-1) a victory in its Presidents' Athletic Conference opener.
Washington and Lee 34, Centre 16: In a game that saw both teams total 434 yards, it was the Generals (1-2) who came out on top thanks to a 27-7 scoring run which spanned all four quarters. Luke Heinsohn carried touchdowns from 2 and 28 yards out and converted the PAT on three of the four TDs scored during the run.
Pikeville 38, Virginia-Wise 20: The Bears (3-1) improved to 2-1 in Mid-South Conference play behind the arm of Trevor Hoskins, who threw for 276 yards and two TDs against the visiting Cavaliers (1-3).
Cumberlands 48, Union 14: Cumberlands (3-0) scored on six of its first seven possessions to build a 42-7 lead in the Mid-South rout at Union (1-2).