Scores

Final

E Illinois 24

(4-6, 2-4 OVC)

Tenn St 45

(8-2, 5-1 OVC)

2:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

LP Field, NASHVILLE, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 0 3 7 1424
TNST 14 10 7 1445

Top Performers

Passing: A. Heffner (TNST) - 162 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Williams (TNST) - 14 CAR, 93 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Belvin (TNST) - 4 REC, 85 YDS, 3 TD

Tennessee St. 45, E. Illinois 24

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Antonio Heffner accounted for five touchdowns to lead Tennessee State to a 45-24 win against Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

Heffner threw for 162 yards and four scores, and rushed for 61 yards and another score for the Tigers (8-2, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference).

Bodie Reeder completed 18 of 38 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns for the Panthers (4-6, 2-4).

Heffner hit Brandon Belvin on scoring passes of 52 and 14 yards in the opening quarter, and rushed for a 3-yard score in the second to help put the Tigers up 24-3 at halftime.

Reeder threw two touchdown passes in the second half to pull the Panthers closer, but Heffner connected with Javarris Williams on a 51-yard score and Belvin again on a 6-yard pass to put the game out of reach.

Williams also had an 11-yard touchdown run in the second half, finishing with 93 yards on 14 carries and 63 yards on two receptions.

Belvin finished with three touchdowns and 85 yards on four catches.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
TNST
1st Downs1524
Total Yards321471
Passing207162
Rushing114309
Penalties5-508-45
3rd Down Conversions5-154-10
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers11
Possession27:0632:54

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reeder18/382075.420
Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Heffner7/1416211.640

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bess15906.0129
Walker5204.0018
Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams14936.6124
Brown10646.4046

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Graves57314.6020
McGrath6569.3121
Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Belvin48521.3352
Williams26331.5151

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUTNST
TD08:56Brandon Belvin 52 Yd Pass From Antonio Heffner (Eric Benson Kick) 07
TD06:00Brandon Belvin 14 Yd Pass From Antonio Heffner (Eric Benson Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTEREIUTNST
TD11:39Antonio Heffner 3 Yd Run (Eric Benson Kick) 021
FG06:06Eric Benson 22 Yd 024
FG01:55Tyler Wilke 32 Yd 324
THIRD QUARTEREIUTNST
TD09:46Sean McGrath 5 Yd Pass From Bodie Reeder (Tyler Wilke Kick) 1024
TD07:56Javarris Williams 51 Yd Pass From Antonio Heffner (Eric Benson Kick) 1031
FOURTH QUARTEREIUTNST
TD14:28Javarris Williams 11 Yd Run (Eric Benson Kick) 1038
TD11:49Adam Kesler 6 Yd Pass From Bodie Reeder (Tyler Wilke Kick) 1738
TD04:40Brandon Belvin 6 Yd Pass From Antonio Heffner (Eric Benson Kick) 1745
TD02:17Travorus Bess 8 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 2445