Tennessee StateTigersTNST
6-5, 5-2 Conf
Eastern KentuckyColonelsEKY
6-5, 5-3 Conf

Eastern Kentucky 20, Tennessee State 3

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Eastern Kentucky defeated Tennessee State 20-3 Saturday afternoon at Roy Kidd Stadium.

With their fourth straight win, the Colonels finish the year (6-5, 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference) with a fifth-place finish in the final league standings and mark their 29th consecutive winning year.

Eastern took a 7-0 lead on its first possession when the Colonels went 80 yards on 13 plays, capped off by a Mark Dunn one-yard run with 7:49 left in the opening quarter. Highlighting the drive was a 26-yard pass play from quarterback Josh Greco to tight end Patrick Bugg.

Eastern Kentucky quarterback Allan Holland set up the Colonel's next points when he hit Dunn on a 41-yard screen pass that took the ball to the eight-yard line. Tennessee State's defense stiffened and held the Colonels to a 37-yard Taylor Long field goal to put the Colonels up 10-0 with 13:25 left in the second quarter.

Tennessee State's points in the first half came on a 32-yard field goal by Eric Benson seven minutes into the second quarter, culminating a 15-play, 60-yard drive.

At halftime, Dunn led Eastern Kentucky with 51 yards, while the Tigers were led by tailback Javarris Williams who picked up 50 yards on the ground.

Eastern Kentucky added 10 points in the second half, while shutting down the Tigers. The Colonels made it 13-3 as Long connected on his second field goal, this one coming from 32 yards with 14:49 remaining.

The Colonels put the game out of reach when Dunn closed out a 13-play, 74-yard drive when he scored on a three-yard run with 4:47 left.

Dunn led all rushers in the game with 86 yards, while Williams had 72 yards on the ground for the Tigers. Bugg led Eastern Kentucky receivers with five catches for 83 yards, while Kyle Barber added four receptions for 34 yards for the Colonels.

Eastern Kentucky quarterback Greco was 8-16 for 108 yards, while quarterback Holland was 11-15 for 160 yards.

Antonio Heffner was 14-32 for 162 yards and four interceptions for Tennessee State, which closes its season at 6-5, 5-2 in the OVC. Mike Mason had five pass receptions for 57 yards for the Tigers.



2015 Ohio Valley Conference Standings

Jacksonville State8-010-1
Eastern Illinois7-17-4
Eastern Kentucky5-36-5
Southeast Missouri State3-44-7
Tennessee Tech3-54-7
Murray State2-63-8
Tennessee State1-64-6
Austin Peay0-80-11