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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