Tenn Tech 24

(0-1, 0-1 OVC)

E Illinois 45

(1-0, 1-0 OVC)

7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2007

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
TNTC 10 0 7 724
EIU 7 17 7 1445

Top Performers

Passing: C. Stinson (EIU) - 308 YDS

Rushing: C. Keys (EIU) - 3 CAR, 7 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Rucker (EIU) - 9 REC, 169 YDS

Panthers 45, Golden Eagles 24

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Cole Stinson completed 19-of-26 passes for a career-high 308 yards Thursday to lead Eastern Illinois to a 45-24 win over Tennessee Tech in the season opener for both teams.

The Panthers (1-0, Ohio Valley), the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions, broke a 10-10 second-quarter tie by scoring 14 points over a 19-second span, including a 31-yard pass from Stinson to Micah Rucker and a 3-yard touchdown run by Chip Keys.

Three first-half turnovers doomed Tennessee Tech (0-1), including two interceptions by quarterback Lee Sweeney. The sophomore completed his first 12 passes, but ended 28-of-41 with two touchdowns.

Rucker finished with nine catches, 169 yards and two touchdowns, including an 18-yard score in the third quarter. Chip Keys added two rushing touchdowns for Eastern Illinois.

Daniel Jackson scored the Golden Eagles' lone rushing touchdown, a 2-yard run in the 3rd quarter.

Eastern Illinois led 24-10 at the half.