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|Eastern Kentucky Colonels|
|Athletic director||Stephen Lochmueller|
|Head coach||Mark Elder|
3rd season, 15–19 (.441)
|Stadium||Roy Kidd Stadium|
|Field surface||SF II Synthetic Turf|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
|Conference||Ohio Valley Conference|
|All-time record||553–345–38 (.611)|
|Bowl record||3–3 (.500)|
|Claimed nat'l titles||2|
|Rivalries||Western Kentucky (rivalry)|
Morehead State (rivalry)
|Colors||Maroon and White|
|Fight song||Hail, Hail and Yea, Eastern|
|Marching band||Eastern Kentucky University Marching Colonels|
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels football program represents Eastern Kentucky University in college football as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), and competes at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level. The school has traditionally had much success on the football field, having won 21 OVC conference titles and two Division I FCS National Championships (then called Division I-AA) in 1979 and 1982, and reaching the finals in 1980 and 1981. Much of the success came during the long tenure of head coach Roy Kidd from 1964 to 2002. In 1990, Eastern honored Kidd by naming the school's football stadium Roy Kidd Stadium. Eastern Kentucky's football team was able to secure 31 consecutive winning seasons before finally posting a losing season record in 2009.
In September 2013, the Lexington Herald-Leader, the daily newspaper of nearby Lexington, reported that EKU was considering moving its program to the top-level Football Bowl Subdivision. However, under NCAA rules, such a move would require that EKU receive an invitation from an existing FBS conference.
- 1 Conference affiliation
- 2 Championships
- 3 Bowl games
- 4 NCAA Division I FCS Playoff appearances
- 5 Head coaches
- 6 Rivalries
- 7 School records
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Eastern Kentucky went to four consecutive national championship games, winning twice in 1979 and 1982 while finishing as runner-up in 1980 and 1981 to Boise State and Idaho State, respectively.
|1979||Roy Kidd||NCAA I-AA Playoff||11–2||Lehigh||W 30–7|
|1982||Roy Kidd||NCAA I-AA Playoff||13–0||Delaware||W 17–14|
Eastern Kentucky has won 21 conference championships, 16 outright and 5 shared.
|Year||Conference||Overall Record||Conference Record||Head Coach|
|1954||Ohio Valley Conference||Glenn Presnell||8–1–1||5–0|
Eastern Kentucky has participated in five bowl games. Four of these bowl games served as a sort of championship game, whether as a regional championship game or as the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
|1954||Glenn Presnell||Tangerine Bowl||Omaha||L 7–6|
|1967||Roy Kidd||Grantland Rice Bowl||Ball State||W 27–13|
|1980||Roy Kidd||Camellia Bowl||Boise State||L 29–31|
|1981||Roy Kidd||Pioneer Bowl||Idaho State||L 23–34|
|1982||Roy Kidd||Pioneer Bowl||Delaware||W 17–14|
NCAA Division I FCS Playoff appearances
Eastern Kentucky has made 21 appearances in the I-AA/FCS playoffs since 1978. They have a record of 16–19.
|1983||First Round||Boston University||L 20–24|
|1984||First Round||Middle Tennessee||L 10–27|
|1989||First Round||Youngstown State||L 24–28|
|1990||First Round||Furman||L 17–45|
|1992||First Round||Marshall||L 0–44|
|1993||First Round||Georgia Southern||L 12–14|
|1995||First Round||Montana||L 0–48|
|1997||First Round||Western Kentucky||L 14–42|
|2007||First Round||Richmond||L 14–31|
|2008||First Round||Richmond||L 10–38|
|2011||First Round||James Madison||L 17–20|
|2014||First Round||Indiana State||L 16–36|
|1929–1934||Charles "Turkey" Hughes||8–29–6||0|
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- Consecutive winning seasons: 31, 1977–2008
- Consecutive wins: 18, 1982–1983
- Consecutive National Title appearances: 4, 1979–1982
- Most rushing yards (game): 300 Markus Thomas against Marshall 1989
- Most rushing yards (season): 1,998 Elroy Harris in the 1988 season
- Most rushing yards (career):' 5,532 Markus Thomas 1989–1992
- Most passing yards (game): 464 Bennie Coney against Tennessee Tech 2015
- Most passing yards (season): 2,861 Josh Greco in the 2005 season
- Most passing yards (career): 5,992 Josh Greco 2004–2007
- Most receiving yards (game): 316 Aaron Marsh against Northwood 1967
- Most receiving yards (season): 1,150 Andre Ralston in the 2005 season
- Most receiving yards (career): 3,095 Andre Ralston 2002–2005
- Most completions (season):225 Bennie Coney 2015
- Eastern Kentucky University Visual Identity Guide. March 20, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
- Story, Mark (September 14, 2013). "Mark Story: EKU is 'discussing' moving its football program up to the FBS". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "Ohio Valley Conference" (PDF). ovcsports.com.