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.
Linebacker Myles Jack, who suffered a season-ending knee injury, said Thursday he decided to leave UCLA and enter the 2016 NFL draft because he wants to be compensated for his skills.
The tougher tests await down the road for No. 3 Baylor Bears, but coach Art Briles has seen enough of his Bears to know this is his best team.
A decision has been made that Randy Edsall will not be the football coach at Maryland next season, and discussions are taking place about how and when to separate, a source said Thursday night.
Florida State running back Mario Pender has been released from the hospital but could be given a medical redshirt if he cannot return to the field this season.
Tennessee chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek has issued a statement amid rumors that alleges coach Butch Jones fought and punched senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder during a fall practice session.
With the addition of a few tweaks, UConn football coach Bob Diaco is still planning to bring a rivalry trophy with him to Florida on Saturday when the Huskies play UCF.