1979 Eastern Kentucky Colonels football
NCAA Division I-AA champion
ConferenceOhio Valley Conference
CoachesNo. 1
1979 record11–2 (5–1 Ohio Valley)
Head coachRoy Kidd (16th season)
Home stadiumHanger Field
← 1978
1980 →
Template:1979 Ohio Valley football standings

The 1979 Eastern Kentucky Colonels football team represented Eastern Kentucky University in the 1979 NCAA Division I-AA football season. They competed as a member of the Ohio Valley Conference and played their home games at Hanger Field in Richmond, Kentucky. Head coach Roy Kidd was in his 16th season leading the Colonels.

The team advanced to the 1979 NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship Game, where they defeated the Lehigh Engineers, 30–7.[1] After the championship win, Governor John Y. Brown Jr. declared the week of January 20–26, 1980, as "EKU National Football Champions Week" in the state.[2]


September 8at Kent State*W 17–4
September 15[[{{{school}}}|Troy State]]*W 15–0
September 22at East Tennessee
  • Unknown
  • Unknown
L 20–27
September 29Austin PeayW 35–10
October 6at Middle TennesseeW 52–10
October 13Cal State Fullerton*W 33–17
October 20Western KentuckydaggerW 8–6
October 27Murray StateL 7–24
November 3Tennessee TechW 35–0
November 10Jackson State*W 27–21
November 17at Morehead StateW 34–7
December 8Nevada-Reno*W 33–30 2OT
December 15vs. Lehigh*ABC SportsW 30–75,200
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming


Template:1979 Eastern Kentucky Colonels football navbox

Template:NCAA Division I-AA/FCS football champion navbox

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.