Scores

Final

E Illinois 27

(4-3, 3-1 OVC)

Murray State 24

(1-5, 0-3 OVC)

4:00 PM ET, October 13, 2007

Roy Stewart Stadium, Murray, KY

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 6 0 14 727
MURR 3 0 7 1424

Top Performers

Passing: B. Reeder (EIU) - 203 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: A. Adeniji (EIU) - 35 CAR, 197 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Rucker (EIU) - 11 REC, 153 YDS, 1 TD

E. Illinois 27, Murray St. 24

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
MURR
1st Downs2321
Total Yards441360
Passing203192
Rushing238168
Penalties5-506-50
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers32
Possession33:2626:34

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reeder21/292037.010
Murray StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Ehrhardt23/371925.211

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adeniji351975.630
Bess7324.600
Murray StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jordan201276.420
Jones4164.000

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rucker1115313.910
Nozinor3165.300
Murray StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson78311.900
Harper56913.810

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUMURR
TD07:58Micah Rucker 2 Yd Pass From Bodie Reeder (Pat Failed) 60
FG01:00Tyler Weiss 35 Yd 63
THIRD QUARTEREIUMURR
TD05:42Ademola Adeniji 35 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 133
TD04:05Charlie Jordan 35 Yd Run (Tyler Weiss Kick) 1310
TD00:02Ademola Adeniji 10 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 2010
FOURTH QUARTEREIUMURR
TD12:42Charlie Jordan 5 Yd Run (Tyler Weiss Kick) 2017
TD09:07Ademola Adeniji 18 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 2717
TD00:20Rod Harper 20 Yd Pass From Jeff Ehrhardt (Tyler Weiss Kick) 2724