MURRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Micah Rucker caught 11 passes for 153 yards as Eastern Illinois beat Murray State 27-24 Saturday at Roy Stewart Stadium.
Eastern Illinois (4-3, 3-1 Ohio Valley Conference) wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, finding the end zone on their first drive. Quarterback Bodie Reeder found Rucker in the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown pass to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead.
Eastern Illinois never trailed in the game, but Murray State (1-5, 0-3) kept it close throughout, scoring in the final minute to cut the Panther lead to 27-24, but the Racers couldn't recover the onside kick. With no Murray State time-outs remaining, the Panthers kneeled and ran out the clock.
Reeder completed 21 of 29 passes and threw for 203 yards and a touchdown. Ademola Adeniji led the Eastern Illinois rushing attack, carrying 35 times for 197 yards.
Murray State cut the lead to 20-17 in the third when Derrick Townsel recovered a fumble deep in Eastern Illinois territory and the Racers found the end zone on a 5-yard run by Charlie Jordan. The Panthers stretched their lead to 10 again on their next drive, however on an 18-yard dash by Adeniji.