The Morehead State Eagles made sure their Saturday game against Pioneer Football League rival Valparaiso was worthy of the 8,055 Homecoming attendance in Jayne Stadium on a perfect autumn day.

But even with 447 yards total rushing— 265 in the air, and scoring five touchdowns—the Eagles couldn’t overcome the Valparaiso ground game.

The Eagles tried to make up a five-point deficit near the end with a 53-second aerial bombardment that ended with a Valparaiso interception and sealed the 40-35 win.

The Eagles play Butler next week in Indianapolis, worth kickoff at noon.

Photos by Taylor McKnight, Olyvia Neal and Hallie Adams.