Golden Eagles downed by EKU Colonels in Homecoming clash
Nov 13, 2010
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech rolled up 554 yards of total
offense, including 281 on the ground with big games from several
players, but the Golden Eagles couldn't convert that into a victory
Saturday. Tech dropped its 2010 Homecoming contest to Eastern
Kentucky, 42-19, in front of 10,216 fans in Tucker Stadium.
Senior quarterback Cass Barnes passed for a career-best 273 yards
and rushed 16 times for 68 yards to account for 341 yards of total
offense. Senior Henry Sailes had 220 all-purpose yards, while
senior Jocques Crawford rushed for 128 yards.
But those efforts couldn't offset an EKU attack that was 7-for-13
on third down conversions and managed 493 yards of offense
including 214 on the ground and 279 through the air. Colonel
quarterback T.J. Pryor passed for 279 yards and rushed for 100 more
to account for 379 in total offense. H.B. Banjoman rushed for 103
yards and receiver Orlandus Harris grabbed nine passes for 200
yards and two touchdowns.
Tech made it through the game without a turnover while EKU
suffered just one, an interception at the Tech two just seconds
before halftime that proved to be a non-factor.
Tech (4-6 overall/3-4 OVC) will wrap up the season next Saturday
at 4 p.m. when it hosts Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks (9-1/6-1
OVC) can clinch a share of the OVC title and the league's automatic
entry into the FCS Playoffs on Saturday with a win over Tech.
* It's Homecoming on the Tennessee Tech campus as the Golden
Eagles host Eastern Kentucky. Tech is 43-35-1 all-time in
Homecoming games since the first one in 1930. Against EKU, the
Golden Eagles have won just twice in eight tries on Homecoming,
claiming victories in 1953 and 1955. The last time Tech hosted EKU
for Homecoming was in 1989, when the Colonels escaped with a 21-20
* Weather should be ideal for a Homecoming game. The temperature
is expected to be around 68 degrees with mostly clear and sunny
skies at kickoff.
* The is the 67th meeting between these two squads, with EKU
owning a lopsided 49-17 advantage in the all-time series. The
Colonels won 22 consecutive years between 1976 and 1998. EKU won
last year, 17-7, in a September meeting in Richmond. Tech's last
win over EKU was by a 27-14 margin in 2006 on national TV.
* One game that the Golden Eagles will be watching closely is the
contest between UT Martin and Tennessee State on the Skyhawks' home
turf. A UTM win would give the Skyhawks the Sgt. York Trophy, but
if TSU can pull the upset, the Golden Eagles will share the York
Trophy that they captured in 2009.
* Two home games are all that remain in the Golden Eagle playing
careers of 11 seniors. Tech will honor the seniors next week in
pregame annoncements and introductions just prior to the 4 p.m.
contest with Jacksonville State.
Benford needs two yards receiving to pass Derek Lee and move
into fourth on the all-time list of Golden Eagle receivers. Benford
is fifth with 1,961 yards. He is also ranked fourth in receptions
with 137, needing nine to catch Craig Rolle in third place. If
Benford would happen to have 11 receptions, he would catch Walter
Hill in second place and also tie a school single-game record.
* Tech and EKU have played into overtime twice in the past, with
each team getting one win. Tech earned a 31-29 victory in triple
overtime in Cookeville in 1998, and the Colonels took a 23-20 win
the following year in two overtimes.
* The Golden Eagles are decked out in all purple uniforms with
gold trim and white helmets. EKU is wearing white jerseys and
maroon pants with maroon helmets.
* Tech took the opening kickoff and drive 80 yards in 10 plays to
grab a quick 7-0 lead. A 27-yard run by Jocques
Crawford was a key play in the march, along with an unusual
first-down pass completion from Cass Barnes
to....Cass Barnes. The pass was batted back at the line of
scrimmage to Barnes, who did a flip and gained the first down by
inches. On second-and-14, Henry Sailes took a lateral from Zack
Zeigler on a reverse and raced 37 yards down the left sideline for
* EKU answered with a 63-yard, nine-play scoring drive. H.B.
Banjoman broke free up the middle for a 21 yard run, and T.J. Pryor
hit Orlandus HArris for a 13-yard TD to tie the score.
* The teams exchanged punts before Tech put together aseven-play,
49-yard drive that led to a 33-yard field goal by Matthew
Barker for a 10-7 TTU lead with 12 seconds left in the
Second Quarter Notes
* EKU downed a punt inside the TTU one-yard line with about 12
minutes to play in the half, so the Golden Eagles ran three plays
and punted. Nick Campbell
unloaded a 50-yard kick, and the Colonels took over at the Tech 47.
After a 13-yard completion to Harris, Pryor handed the ball to
Banjoman who scooted up the middle for 34 yards and a touchdown,
giving the Colonels a 14-10 lead.
* Jocques Crawford escaped on the left side, reversed his field
and raced 59 yards to the EKU 25, leading to a 45-yard field goal
by Barker to make it 14-13 with 7:02 remaining.
* Pryor hit Tyrone Goad deep over the middle on a 39-yard
completion for an EKU touchdown with 4:18 remaining, lifting the
Colonels to a 21-13 lead.
* Barnes direceted a 63-yard, eight-play Golden Eagle touchdown
drive that pulled the home team to within one point, 21-20, just
before halftime. Barnes rushed for 26 yards on the drive, including
the final four for the TD.
* Corey Watson got his first career interception on the final play
of the first half, picking off a long pass by Pryor at the two-yard
Third Quarter Notes
* Tech's defense held EKU to three-and-out to open the second
half, and the Golden Eagles got things moving the other way. Tech,
however, was whistled FOUR times for false start penalties on the
possession. The Golden Eagles eventually stalled at the EKU 21 and
Barker's 38-yard field goal try missed wide left.
* The Colonels used the momentum to flip the field quickly. A
16-yard pass to Harris was followed by a 12-yard completion to the
all-OVC receiver. After a one-yard loss and another 15-yard
completion to Harris, Pryor found daylight to the sidelines on the
short side of the field and raced 37 yards for a touchdown and a
28-20 EKU lead.
* A 24-yard kickoff return by Henry Sailes got Tech underway and a
33-yard completion to Sailes put the Golden Eagles at the EKU five.
Another false start penalty was crucial, and Tech settled for a
21-yard Barker field goal to make it 28-23
Fourth Quarter Notes
* The Colonels took advantage of another missed TTU field goal try
to open the fourth quarter and marched 79 yards in 13 plays for a
35-23 lead. Harris caught passes for 21 and 18 yards, and the
Golden Eagles were called for a facemask penalty inside the 20.
Pryor hit Tyrone Goad with a five-yard TD pass.
* A huge call (non-call) came on Tech's next possession. Rolling
to his left from the EKU 30, Barnes fired a pass toward a wide-open
Colin Allen in the end zone. The defender, beaten for a touchdown,
instead ran into Allen to draw a pass interference penalty and save
the TD. Instead, it was ruled that the long pass was tipped and the
play simply went as an incomplete pass. Tech's drive stalled with
four consecutive incomplete passes.
* Running the clock down, the Colonels faced third-and-eight at
their own 45. Tech came with a strong rush and the Colonels had the
right call, as Pryor found a streaking Harris for a 55-yard TD
connection and a 42-23 lead with 2:38 remaining.
* Barneshit Benford for 14 yards, Colin Allen for 17, then hit
Beford with a 19-yard TD pass with 1:26 to play. The PAT was
blocked for the final 42-29 margin.