Scores

Final

Tenn Tech 15

(3-3, 2-2 OVC)

E Illinois 23

(5-2, 3-1 OVC)

2:30 PM ET, October 17, 2009

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
TNTC 0 0 2 1315
EIU 10 0 10 323

Top Performers

Passing: L. Sweeney (TNTC) - 198 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Williams (EIU) - 29 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Allen (TNTC) - 6 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

E. Illinois 23, Tennessee Tech 15

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Eastern Illinois held off a fourth-quarter comeback by Tennessee Tech to win 23-15 Saturday, a day on which EIU retired the jersey of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Eastern Illinois (5-2, 3-1 Ohio Valley) stopped Tennessee Tech on fourth-and-5 from the Panthers 14-yard line with 12 seconds left. That secured the win in a game the Panthers led 20-0 with 2:24 left in the third quarter. The Golden Eagles scored their first points on a safety with 44 seconds to go in the third.

Turnovers killed Tennessee Tech. The Golden Eagles lost three fumbles, and quarterback Lee Sweeney was intercepted twice.

Sweeney connected with Colin Allen for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cut Eastern Illinois' lead to 20-15 with 3:54 left. A field goal by Austin Signor extended the Panthers' lead to eight with 53 seconds left.

An 81-yard kick return by Mauricio Wallace set up the opportunity for the Golden Eagles to tie the game with less than 40 seconds remaining, but Eastern Illinois' defense stood strong.

The Panthers needed less than two minutes on the opening drive to score on a field goal by Signor, who was 3-for-6 and had two field-goal attempts blocked. The Panthers extended their lead to 10-0 on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jake Christensen to Chris Wright.

Tennessee Tech struggled stopping the running game. Eastern Illinois amassed 166 yards on 52 carries, led by Mon Williams, who rushed 29 times for 81 yards and a score.

Sweeney was 19 of 46 for 198 yards and touchdown passes to Dontey Gay and Allen. Gay caught four passes for 34 yards; Allen had six catches for 80 yards. Sweeney was intercepted twice.

Christensen went 17 of 27 for 182 yards with the touchdown pass to Wright and two interceptions.

Romo quarterbacked EIU from 2000-02.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TNTC
EIU
1st Downs1423
Total Yards276348
Passing198182
Rushing78166
Penalties5-525-59
3rd Down Conversions2-137-16
4th Down Conversions2-40-0
Turnovers52
Possession16:5043:10

Passing Leaders

Tennessee TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sweeney19/461984.322
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Christensen17/271826.712

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gay56412.8046
Hudson6162.709
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams29812.819
Christensen9404.4012

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen68013.3122
Gay4348.5013
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Whittaker34515.0022
Ricks24120.5023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTNTCEIU
FG13:26Austin Signor 48 Yd 03
TD00:42Chris Wright 20 Yd Pass From Jake Christensen (Austin Signor Kick) 010
THIRD QUARTERTNTCEIU
TD08:38Mon Williams 1 Yd Run (Austin Signor Kick) 017
FG02:24Austin Signor 30 Yd 020
SF00:44Mon Williams Tackled By Justin Vann In End Zone 220
FOURTH QUARTERTNTCEIU
TD13:42Alden Olverson 29 Yd Pass From Lee Sweeney (Pat Failed) 820
TD03:54Colin Allen 11 Yd Pass From Lee Sweeney (Tim Donegan Kick) 1520
FG00:53Austin Signor 46 Yd 1523