RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Backup Dakota Allen threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Matt Wilcox Jr. with six seconds remaining and Eastern Kentucky rallied to beat Central Arkansas 31-28 on Saturday.
Breylin Smith hit Tyler Hudson with a 50-yard pass to the EKU 2 then scored himself with 1:42 remaining to give Central Arkansas (3-4) its first lead of the game. Allen then led the Colonels (2-4) 77 yards on eight plays with the aid of two personal foul penalties and a fourth-down completion to keep the drive alive before finding Wilcox alone in the end zone.
Allen came on after starter Parker McKinney was knocked out of the game after a hard hit seconds before the end of the first half. McKinney threw for 216 yards and two touchdown passes for a 17-7 halftime lead.
Allen had a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter before the Bears scored twice to take the lead. Jacquez Jones had 136 yards receiving for EKU.
Smith was 30 of 45 for 320 yards passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Hudson had 106 yards receiving and Lujuan Winningham 103 yards, including a touchdown.
The two teams meet again on Nov. 14 at Central Arkansas.
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