UT Martin turns over final game to EKU
Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 12:02 pm
RICHMOND, Ky. — Eastern Kentucky took advantage of two turnovers in the final 1:30 of the game to claim a 23-16 victory over the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The Skyhawks finish the season with a 5-6 overall record and a 4-4 Ohio Valley Conference worksheet.
UTM managed to tie the game at 16-all after trailing 13-0 with 13:40 to play in the second quarter, but Eastern Kentucky scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:08 to play when Matt Denham scored on a 7-yard run. Luke Pray added the PAT.
EKU’s Anthony Brown forced UT Martin running back Tevin Barksdale to fumble and Emory Attig recovered the loose ball at the UT Martin 23-yard-line.
Denham picked up 16 yards on the first down play and scored the game-winning TD on his next attempt.
On the ensuing possession, UT Martin quarterback Derek Carr was sacked by Brown and fumbled the ball.
Attig recovered the fumble and the host Colonels ran the clock out and guaranteed themselves at least a share of the OVC championship.
The Skyhawks tied the score at 16-all when junior quarterback Derek Carr threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Quentin Sims. Cody Sandlin’s PAT was no good.
Carr was 13-of-31 with two interceptions in the game for 169 yards.
He also threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Shiver. Sandlin tied a school record in the second quarter with a 53 yard field goal.
The Skyhawks fumbled three times in the game and lost two of the three.
On defense, the Skyhawks blocked two EKU field goals. Senior Josh Cody blocked Pray’s third quarter 35-yard attempt to set up Shiver’s touchdown and Julius McNair blocked Pray’s 37-yard attempt with 7:35 to play in the game.
Sophomore Ben Johnson led the Skyhawks with 15 tackles, including 2.5 for a loss. Published in The WCP 11.22.11