A Samuel Hayworth field goal, a 23-yard run by Alonzo Booth and Scott's 4-yard run made it 18-0 after the first quarter. Paul caught TD passes of 15 yards from redshirt freshman Dakota Allen and 3 yards from Austin Scott in the third quarter for a 32-7 lead.
The Colonels finished with 564 yards offense, including 404 on the ground, led by Daryl McCleskey Jr.'s 125. Ten Colonels had positive rushing yards.
Eastern Kentucky increased its lead in the series to 53-16-4. The programs first played each other in 1924.
Southern Mississippi and Appalachian State had discussed options to reschedule the game canceled by Hurricane Florence, but instead chose not to play later this season.
USC coach Clay Helton is stressing the need for better practices after a 1-2 start. "If you don't provide that leadership," Helton said, "they are not going to do it."
Wake Forest QB Kendall Hinton, who was in line to start prior to a three-game ban, will instead serve as the backup to freshman Sam Hartman vs. Notre Dame.
A close win or bad loss against a quality cross-conference opponent early in the season could be the difference between No. 4 and No. 5 come playoff time.
In normal times, the Big Ten would own this week's Bottom 10. But friends, when FSU gets dominated by Syracuse and squeaks by Samford, we are not in normal times.
OK, the 2020 NFL draft is still a long ways out, but Mel and Todd already are thinking about two promising underclassmen quarterbacks who could be the No. 1 overall pick.
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