Scores

Final

E Illinois 38

(6-3, 5-1 OVC)

Tennessee State 35

(3-5, 1-2 OVC)

5:00 PM ET, October 27, 2007

LP Field, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 7 14 7 1038
TNST 21 0 7 735

Top Performers

Passing: C. McNairl (TNST) - 189 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Adeniji (EIU) - 30 CAR, 155 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Rucker (EIU) - 3 REC, 50 YDS, 2 TD

E. Illinois 38, Tennessee St. 35

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tyler Wilke hit the game-winning field goal as time expired to give Eastern Illinois a 38-35 victory over Tennessee State on Saturday.

Wilke, who is just 5-of-10 on field goal attempts this season, hit a 30-yarder to give the Panthers the win.

EIU (6-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed by 14 points in the second quarter but rallied to tie the score at the half. The Panthers were victims of their own miscues in first half as quarterback Brodie Reeder threw a pair of interceptions that Tennessee State defenders returned for touchdowns.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie notched a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown and teammate Marquez Hall added a 78-yard return for a score.

TSU (3-5, 2-2) had a true freshman making his first start at quarterback as Calvin McNairl was under center for the Tigers. Regular starting quarterback Antonio Heffner suffered a season-ending ankle injury last week at Eastern Kentucky.

Micah Rucker had two touchdown receptions for the Panthers. Terrence Wright had two rushing touchdowns for Tennessee State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
TNST
1st Downs2515
Total Yards422355
Passing71189
Rushing351166
Penalties1-159-68
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers21
Possession32:3827:22

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reeder8/15634.212
Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McNairl8/1618911.801

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adeniji301555.210
Bess151278.510
Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams14866.100
McNairl11454.110

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rucker35016.720
Campanella2136.500
Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson36822.700
Evans25929.500

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUTNST
TD10:48Micah Rucker 24 Yd Pass From Bodie Reeder (Tyler Wilke Kick) 70
TD09:00Calvin Mcnairl 1 Yd Run (Eric Benson Kick) 77
TD06:37Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie 69 Yd Interception Return (Eric Benson Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTEREIUTNST
TD14:41Marquez Hall 78 Yd Interception Return (Eric Benson Kick) 721
TD12:17Trent Steckel 1 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 1421
TD02:47Travorus Bess 39 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 2121
THIRD QUARTEREIUTNST
TD05:24Ademola Adeniji 6 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 2821
TD00:41Terrence Wright 1 Yd Run (Eric Benson Kick) 2828
FOURTH QUARTEREIUTNST
TD07:40Micah Rucker 8 Yd Pass From Travorus Bess (Tyler Wilke Kick) 3528
TD03:54Terrence Wright 2 Yd Run (Eric Benson Kick) 3535
FG00:00Tyler Wilke 30 Yd 3835