Colonels Receive Playoff Bid, Host Indiana State Saturday
The Eastern Kentucky University football team learned Sunday morning it earned one of 13 at-large bids to the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. The Colonels will host Missouri Valley Football Conference foe Indiana State in the first round this Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m.
Saturday’s playoff game will be televised on ESPN3.
The Colonels (9-3, 6-2 OVC) will be making their 21st FCS playoff appearance, the second-most all-time behind only Montana (23). The Colonels won the NCAA FCS (then 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.
EKU is ranked No. 16 in this week’s Sports Network poll. In the NCAA statistics rankings, Eastern is second nationally in turnovers gained (31) and 16th in rushing offense (229.4 yards per game).
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 MVFC) 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 thanks to a 27-20 win at Ball State.
This year marks the second of an expanded 24-team field playoff field. In 2010, the FCS playoffs expanded from 16 teams to 20 teams, 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 seed Chattanooga on Dec. 6.
EKU season ticket holders can purchase their seats they currently hold until Tuesday at 5 p.m. After that time, any fan can purchase all available seats online by going to EKUSports.com and clicking on the tab – ‘Purchase Tickets.’ 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 Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ticket windows open at Roy Kidd Stadium on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets sell for $25 each for chair back and box seats, and $15 for lower deck reserved seats.
Published on November 23, 2014