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Tyrone Goard's four TD grabs fuel EKU over Tennessee Martin

MARTIN, Tenn. — T.J. Pryor rallied Eastern Kentucky with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, helping the Colonels beat Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Martin 28-16 Saturday.

Pryor finished 12 of 26 with 211 passing yards and three touchdowns.

With Eastern Kentucky (4-1, 2-0) trailing 16-7 late in the third quarter, backup quarterback Jared McClain completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyrone Goard, cutting the deficit to 16-14. Goard led receivers with seven catches for 175 yards and four touchdowns.

Tennessee Martin (3-2, 1-1) struggled moving the ball, scoring just three points in the second half.

Entering the fourth quarter trailing by two, the Colonels struck with 8:57 left in the fourth when Pryor connected on a 78-yard pass to Goard for the go-ahead score, 21-16.

After the Colonels defense stopped the Skyhawks on four straight plays and forced a turnover on downs, Pryor's 27-yard touchdown pass to Goard sealed the victory for Eastern Kentucky.

■ Pryor moved into first place on EKU's all-time passing list. The former Ballard High School standout has 6,085 career passing yards. Josh Greco (2004-07) held the record previously with 5,992 yards. ... Goard's four TD receptions tied a school record.

■ UT Martin quarterback Derek Carr also set a school record for career passing yardage. He has 6,300 yards.

■ EKU held the Skyhawks to a season-low 46 yards rushing, including minus-two yards in the second half.

Eastern Ky. 28, UT-MARTIN 16

Eastern Ky. 0 7 7 14—28

UT-Martin 6 7 3 0—16

First quarter: TM—Ja.McNair 4 run (kick blocked), 7:32. Second quarter: EKU—Goard 14 pass from Pryor (Pray kick), 13:23. TM—Garland 1 run (Sandlin kick), 2:11. Third quarter: TM—FG Sandlin 31, 5:10. EKU—Goard 25 pass from McClain (Burgy-VanHoose kick), 2:31. Fourth quarter: EKU—Goard 78 pass from Pryor (Burgy-VanHoose kick), 8:57. EKU—Goard 27 pass from Pryor (Burgy-VanHoose kick), 6:02.

A—4,994.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Eastern Ky., Denham 29-94, McClain 6-26, Sands 4-9, James 1-1, Team 3-(minus 3), Pryor 5-(minus 4). UT-Martin, McNeil 6-45, Ja.McNair 11-24, Barksdale 4-9, Garland 1-1, Team 1-(minus 1), Satterfield 1-(minus 10), Carr 5-(minus 22).

PASSING—Eastern Ky., Pryor 12-26-0-211, McClain 4-8-0-71, Denham 0-1-0-0. UT-Martin, Carr 17-39-0-223.

RECEIVING—Eastern Ky., Goard 7-175, Bailey 4-43, Ariguzo 2-27, Watts 1-29, Sands 1-11, Denham 1-(minus 3). UT-Martin, Sims 7-64, Ja.McNair 3-21, Butler 2-70, Barfield 2-37, Davis 1-21, Barksdale 1-6, McNeil 1-4.

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