EKU’s Lengel Helps New England to Super Bowl Win


RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University tight end Matt Lengel helped New England win Super Bowl LI on Sunday.  The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 34-28, in overtime.

Lengel appeared to be wide open in the end zone on the second to last play of the game.  New England quarterback Tom Brady however threw an incomplete pass to Martellus Bennett on first-and-goal.  On the next play, James White scored from two yards out to give the Patriots their fifth Super Bowl title.

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Lengel is the third former Colonel to win a Super Bowl title.  Myron Guyton was a member of the New York Giants team that beat Buffalo, 20-19, in Super Bowl XXV.  Danny Copeland helped the Washington Redskins knock off Buffalo, 37-24, a year later in Super Bowl XXVI.

Lengel was the sixth former Colonel to play in a Super Bowl.  Including Guyton and Copeland, the others were John Jackson (Pittsburgh, 1996), Tim Lester (Pittsburgh, 1996) and Antwaun Molden (New England, 2012).

The native of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania joined the Patriots in November after serving on the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad for a year and a half.  He played in six games during the regular season and caught two passes for 22 yards and scored a touchdown.  He caught his first NFL touchdown pass against the New York Jets on Dec. 24, an 18-yard reception.  He had one catch for four yards in the season finale 35-14 victory at Miami.

Lengel, who’s 6-foot-7 and 266 pounds, played tight end for the Colonels from 2010 to 2014.  He fought back from season-ending injuries in 2012 and 2013 to play in 12 games as a senior with nine starts.  He hauled in a season-high three receptions four times in 2014 and finished fifth on the squad with 16 catches for 139 yards.  Lengel recorded his only two collegiate touchdown catches in 2011, which included a 55-yard scoring play against Chattanooga.


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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com