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EKU football earns at-large bid to playoffs, to host Indiana State on Saturday

Eastern Kentucky's football team learned Sunday morning that it earned one of 13 at-large bids to the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs.

The Colonels will host Missouri Valley Conference foe Indiana State in the first round at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The game will air online on ESPN3.

The Colonels (9-3, 6-2 Ohio Valley Conference) will be making their 21st FCS playoff appearance, the second-most all-time behind Montana (23).

The Colonels won what was previously called the Division I-AA national championship in 1979 and 1982.

Eastern Kentucky started the season 6-0, marking the program's best start since 1990. During that stretch, the team topped an FBS opponent for the first time since 1985 — a 17-10 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 6.

The Colonels last earned a spot in the FCS playoffs in 2011. Eastern lost a first-round game to James Madison that year, 20-17.

Indiana State (7-5, 4-4 MVC) has played seven nationally ranked FCS teams this season with wins over Liberty, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Youngstown State. The Sycamores also defeated an FBS team early in the year — 27-20 at Ball State.

This year marks the second edition of an expanded 24-team field playoff field.

In 2010, the FCS playoffs expanded from 16 teams to 20, the first expansion since the field grew from 12 to 16 teams in 1997.

The winner of the EKU-Indiana State game will travel to No. 8-seeded Chattanooga on Dec. 6.

Ticket information

EKU season ticket holders can purchase the seats they currently hold until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

After that time, any fan can purchase all available seats online by going to EKUSports.com.

The EKU athletics ticket office in Room 105 of Alumni Coliseum will be open Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ticket office will also be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Ticket windows open at Roy Kidd Stadium on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Tickets are $25 each for chair back and box seats, and $15 for reserved seats in lower deck.

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