Scores

Final

E Illinois 37

(7-3, 6-1 OVC)

Jacksonville St 23

(6-4, 5-2 OVC)

1:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Burgess-Snow Field, Jacksonville, AL

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 13 10 7 737
JVST 6 14 3 023

Top Performers

Passing: C. Johnson (JVST) - 143 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Adeniji (EIU) - 29 CAR, 158 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Rhetta (JVST) - 2 REC, 56 YDS, 1 TD

E. Illinois 37, Jacksonville St. 23

Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Michael Torres of Eastern Illinois intercepted a pass and returned it 40-yards for a touchdown with 3:23 to play to stop Jacksonville State's attempt to tie the game and give the Panthers a 37-23 win Saturday.

The victory keeps Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1) in the race for the Ohio Valley Conference championship.

Jacksonville State (6-4, 5-2) trailed only 23-20 after Cedric Johnson scored on a 13-yard run at 6:21 in the second quarter. The Panthers stretched their lead back to 10, when Quinten Ponius returned the second half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.

The Gamecocks narrowed the Eastern Illinois lead to 30-23 at 10:20 in the third quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Gavin Hallford.

The Panthers were led by Ademola Adeniji, who ran 29 times for 158 yards and scored two touchdowns. Johnson completed 14-of-21 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns for the Gamecocks and threw two interceptions. Johnson also ran the ball 14 times for 100 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
JVST
1st Downs2215
Total Yards390283
Passing180143
Rushing210140
Penalties6-505-40
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers03
Possession32:2227:38

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reeder15/251807.200
Jacksonville StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Johnson14/211436.822

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adeniji291585.420
Bess9404.400
Jacksonville StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson141007.110
Jackson15352.300

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nozinor56412.800
Campanella45814.500
Jacksonville StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rhetta25628.010
Jackson44711.800

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUJVST
TD13:42Ademola Adeniji 2 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 70
TD10:17Derrick Harris 4 Yd Pass From Cedric Johnson (Pat Failed) 76
TD06:02Trent Steckel 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 136
SECOND QUARTEREIUJVST
FG12:15Tyler Wilke 25 Yd 166
TD10:54Taurean Rhetta 51 Yd Pass From Cedric Johnson (Gavin Hallford Kick) 1613
TD10:18Ademola Adeniji 40 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 2313
TD06:21Cedric Johnson 13 Yd Run (Gavin Hallford Kick) 2320
THIRD QUARTEREIUJVST
TD14:44Quinten Ponius 97 Yd Kickoff Return (Tyler Wilke Kick) 3020
FG10:20Gavin Hallford 25 Yd 3023
FOURTH QUARTEREIUJVST
TD03:23Michael Torres 40 Yd Interception Return (Tyler Wilke Kick) 3723