Scores

Final

E Kentucky 33

(8-3, 7-1 OVC)

UT Martin 31

(8-4, 6-2 OVC)

1:00 PM ET, November 22, 2008

Hardy M. Graham Stadium, Martin, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EKY 14 10 9 033
UTM 0 6 16 931

Top Performers

Passing: C. Thompson (UTM) - 419 YDS, 2 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: T. McDermott (UTM) - 5 CAR, 23 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Hicks (UTM) - 12 REC, 145 YDS, 2 TD

E. Kentucky 33, Tenn.-Martin 31

Associated Press

MARTIN, Tenn. -- Brandon Gathof blocked Tom Hansen's game-winning 45-yard field goal attempt on the final play, giving Eastern Kentucky a 33-31 victory over Tennessee-Martin and clinch the Ohio Valley Conference championship on Saturday.

The Colonels (8-3, 7-1 in OVC) earned an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoffs with the win. It's Eastern Kentucky's 20th OVC title.

Gathof also had two of the Colonels' four interceptions of Cade Thompson, returning the second of those 50 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

The Skyhawks (8-4, 6-2) dominated the game, outgaining Eastern Kentucky 501-172. Five first-half Skyhawks turnovers helped Eastern Kentucky take a 24-6 lead at halftime.

The Colonels' Allan Holland had a 1-yard sneak for a score and threw a 25-yard scoring pass to Cody Watts in the first half.

Thompson threw for 419 yards and two touchdowns, tying the school's single-season record for scoring passes in a season with 24.

He threw the second of his two touchdown passes to Mike Hicks on a 3-yard score that pulled the Skyhawks within 24-12 early in the third quarter.

The Colonels blocked the ensuing extra-point attempt, however, and Andre Evans scooped up the loose ball and ran for two points for to make it 26-12.

The two teams then swapped touchdowns as Trace McDermott scored from 1-yard out for the Skyhawks, and Holland threw his 30-yard score to Watts for a 33-19 lead.

Hansen had field goals of 22 and 38 yards to pull the Skyhawks within 33-25 with 6 minutes left.

Dorsett Pendleton's 44-yard fumble recovery for a score at the 4:24 mark drew the Skyhawks within 33-31, but a game-tying two-point conversion pass was incomplete.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EKY
UTM
1st Downs928
Total Yards172501
Passing106419
Rushing6682
Penalties3-226-57
3rd Down Conversions2-1211-22
4th Down Conversions1-12-3
Turnovers15
Possession25:5234:08

Passing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Holland9/211065.020
Tennessee-MartinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Thompson35/614196.924

Rushing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker17523.107
Holland870.9115
Tennessee-MartinCARYDSAVGTDLG
Young17523.1011
McDermott5234.6111

Receiving Leaders

Eastern KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Watts47619.0230
Fuqua3248.0017
Tennessee-MartinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hicks1214512.1238
Thomas811214.0028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREKYUTM
TD08:09Allan Holland 1 Yd Run (Taylor Long Kick) 70
TD06:23Cody Watts 25 Yd Pass From Allan Holland (Taylor Long Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTEREKYUTM
FG14:46Taylor Long 25 Yd 170
TD11:11Mike Hicks 5 Yd Pass From Cade Thompson (Pat Failed) 176
TD08:40Brandon Gathof 50 Yd Interception Return (Taylor Long Kick) 246
THIRD QUARTEREKYUTM
TD12:45Mike Hicks 3 Yd Pass From Cade Thompson (Pat Blocked) 2412
DC12:45Andre Evans 0 Yd Off A Blocked Extra Point 2612
TD05:18Trace McDermott 1 Yd Run (Tom Hansen Kick) 2619
TD03:29Cody Watts 30 Yd Pass From Allan Holland (Taylor Long Kick) 3319
FG01:11Tom Hansen 22 Yd 3322
FOURTH QUARTEREKYUTM
FG06:09Tom Hansen 38 Yd 3325
TD04:24Dorsett Pendleton 44 Yd Fumble Return (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3331