Colonels earn 40-17 home win over Buccaneers
RICHMOND, KY. (Associated Press) – Parker McKinney threw four touchdowns to tie Eastern Kentucky’s career record and the Colonels hosted Walt Wells with a 40-17 victory Saturday night over Charleston Southern three weeks after the coach was hospitalized after a “cardiac episode” in his campus office.
Wells returned to coach the Colonels on the sidelines after landing in intensive care on August 28 and spending several days in hospital. He traveled to Ohio last weekend as a side spotter and watched EKU go seven overtimes to beat Bowling Green 59-57.
“It was a big test for my heart,” he said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday, and added that he had a few broken ribs and a cracked sternum.
McKinney tied TJ Pryor (2009-12) as EKU’s career passing leader at 51 with his 5-yard pass to Jyran Mitchell late in the game.
Interceptions from Josh Hayes and Eli Hairston led to 10 points in the third quarter and the Colonels (2-1) added another score after Jayden Higgins had consecutive receptions for 47 and 41 yards, the latter for a touchdown. Higgins had a career-high 175 yards on seven catches.
Jaden Smith scored EKU’s first touchdown, returning a 56-yard punt, then completing the drive with an 8-yard field goal.
The Colonels led 16-0 after touchdown passes to Smith and Dakota Allen before the Buccaneers (0-3) rallied to close at 16-10 at halftime.