RICHMOND — Junior running back Dy'Shawn Mobley set a program record with six touchdowns as Eastern Kentucky rallied past Murray State 43-36 Saturday at Roy Kidd Stadium.
The No. 18 Colonels (9-2, 6-2 OVC) trailed Murray State (3-8, 1-6) at halftime, 27-7, before outscoring the Racers 36-9 in the second half.
Mobley, who transferred from Kentucky, finished with career highs in carries (40) and rushing yards (224). He tallied five rushing touchdowns and also took a screen pass 72 yards to a score on the final play of the third quarter. Mobley's six touchdowns not only set an EKU record, it also equaled an OVC mark, which was set in 1995 by Murray State's Derrick Cullors.
The Racers capitalized on sloppy play by Eastern in the first half. EKU turned the ball over three times, including twice deep in Murray State territory, and also had a 31-yard field-goal try blocked.
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Thirteen seconds into the game, Murray State's Pokey Harris returned the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score. MSU quarterback KD Humphries rushed for two scores in the first half, highlighted by a 2-yard run with 19 seconds before halftime.
The Colonels scored touchdowns on their first two possessions in the second half to cut the deficit to 27-21. Murray State pushed the lead back to two possessions in the final minute of the third quarter when Humphries hit Janawski Davis with a 36-yard TD strike.
Three plays later, Mobley took the screen pass 72 yards untouched for his fourth touchdown to bring EKU to within five points, 33-28.
On the ensuing kickoff, Murray State fumbled for its first turnover of the game. Mobley gave EKU its first lead three plays later with a 6-yard scoring run. Senior defensive back Theron Norman's interception with 3:53 left set up Mobley's 1-yard TD plunge 2 minutes later.