Richmond, KY (SportsNetwork.com) – Indiana State played in its first FCS
playoff game since 1984 on Saturday. Maybe the Sycamores just needed some extra
time to warm up.
After surrendering the first 16 points to Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State
scored the final 36 points for a 36-16 first-round victory over the Colonels.
The Sycamores (8-5), one of a record-tying five playoffs teams from the
Missouri Valley Football Conference, will visit eighth-seeded Chattanooga
(9-3), the Southern Conference champion, for a second-round game next Saturday.
Senior quarterback Mike Perish led Indiana State’s comeback win, passing for
379 yards and three touchdowns.
Indiana State reversed a 16-7 halftime deficit with 24 points in the third
quarter. Perish sandwiched touchdown passes to Kyani Harris and Gary Owens
around Eric Heidorn’s 47-yard field goal, then safety Mark Sewall returned an
interception of EKU’s Bennie Conney for a 48-yard touchdown.
Dy’Shawn Mobley scored on an 18-yard run and Andrew Lloyd kicked three field
goals as the Colonels (9-4) from the Ohio Valley Conference built their 16-0
lead in the first half.