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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team fell to host Louisville, 42-0, on Saturday night at Cardinal Stadium.
Louisville (1-1) scored on a pair of Jawon Pass touchdown passes in the first quarter to claim an early 14-0 lead; however, the EKU defense clamped down from there, holding the Cardinals scoreless in the second quarter.
The Colonels (1-1) opened the second quarter with a drive deep into Louisville territory. Redshirt sophomore Alonzo Booth sparked the advance with a 14-yard run. Five straight runs by senior Daryl McCleskey Jr. put the ball at the Louisville 25-yard line. However, a sack of quarterback Conor Blount on 4th-and-5 ended EKU’s scoring hopes.
On Louisville’s ensuing possession, redshirt junior Josh Hayes picked off Pass on a 4th-and-7 attempt at the EKU 27. Again the Colonels drove the ball into Louisville territory, but this time were forced to punt at the Cardinals’ 42.
Louisville opened the second half with a 66-yard run down the sideline by Javian Hawkins, putting the ball at the Colonels’ 5-yard line. Pass then found Marshon Ford for a touchdown that made it 21-0.
Pass connected with Dez Fitzpatrick late in third quarter to add to the Cardinals’ advantage.
Louisville tacked on two more insurance TDs in the fourth quarter to make it 42-0.
Pass finished the game with 196 yards and four touchdowns through the air.
EKU did most of its damage offensively on the ground. McCleskey led the way with 78 yards rushing. Redshirt freshman quarterback Parker McKinney came on late in the game and scampered for 45 yards. Booth added 34 yards.
Junior middle linebacker Steven Crowder led all players in the game with 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss and one QB hit.
EKU returns to action next Saturday, September 14, at Indiana State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Terre Haute, Indiana.
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