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Valparaiso Crusaders

Eastern Kentucky rolls past Valparaiso in season opener

Eastern Kentucky held Valparaiso University to 38 rushing yards Thursday night en route to a 52-10 victory in both teams' season opener in Richmond, Ky. Up 14-3 early in the second quarter, the Colonels ran off 38 straight points before VU scored in the final minute on Scott Staal's 16-yard shovel pass to Jake Hutson. Staal was 15-for-25 passing for 98 yards with a touchdown and an interception for Valpo, while Dalton Stokes went 11-for-19 for 84 yards with an interception. Eastern Kentucky's Bennie Coney threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Four Colonels ran for touchdowns and Stanley Absanon ran a Stokes interception back 56 yards for a score. VU men release...