CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Parker McKinney threw for a career-high four touchdowns and Eastern Kentucky beat The Citadel 37-14 on Saturday to give Walt Wells his first victory as a head coach.
McKinney was 16-of-26 passing for 274 yards and became the EKU player to pass for four scores since Oct. 8, 2016. All three of Tennessee transfer Jacquez Jones' catches went for touchdowns, the longest a 53-yarder that gave EKU (1-2) a 30-14 lead in the third quarter.
McKinney and Jones combined for two touchdowns in the first quarter and Keyion Dixon made it 20-7 in the second quarter following a Bulldogs fumble when he made a juggling catch of a long pass for a 50-yard score.
The Citadel's Emeka Nwanze rushed for 114 yards, while quarterback Brandon Rainey had a rushing and passing touchdown. With 89 yards rushing, he became the 16th player in program history to go over 2,000 yards on the ground.
The game was a rare 2020 FCS matchup with only 17 schools in the division playing this fall. This was The Citadel's only home game in a four-game fall schedule allowed by the Southern Conference, which hopes to play a spring league slate. The Bulldogs (0-3) lost 49-0 at No. 1 Clemson last weekend.
EKU has opted out of playing an Ohio Valley Conference schedule in the spring, choosing to play a nine-game fall schedule.
The Citadel restricted fan attendance to about one-quarter of its stadium capacity.
More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25
College football transfer portal tracker: Top players, predictions, analysis, more
More college football players are entering the transfer portal each year. As the season winds down, we will analyze top players as they enter the portal and make new commitments.
Western Michigan football coach Tim Lester receives 2-year contract extension
Tim Lester, coming off his best season yet as Western Michigan's head coach, has received a two-year extension through the 2025 season.
College football SP+ rankings following the New Year's Six bowl games
Here are the updated SP+ rankings as bowl season heads to a close.
Brenden Rice, son of Jerry Rice, to transfer from Colorado to play college football for USC Trojans
Brenden Rice, the son of Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice who caught 21 passes for 299 yards and 3 TDs last season for Colorado, is transferring to USC, he announced.
Ranking all 32 teams that have made the College Football Playoff
With some CFP newcomers this year, we rank every team that has made the playoff over the past eight seasons.
LSU football team lands former Missouri defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo
Defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo announced he's heading to LSU after one year at Missouri