Scores

Final

E Illinois 11

(8-4, 5-2 away)

S Illinois 30

(11-1, 6-0 home)

2:30 PM ET, November 24, 2007

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 0 0 3 811
SIU 14 6 0 1030

Top Performers

Passing: N. Hill (SIU) - 234 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: A. Adeniji (EIU) - 22 CAR, 76 YDS

Receiving: A. Turner (SIU) - 6 REC, 75 YDS, 1 TD

S. Illinois 30, E. Illinois 11

Associated Press

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Nick Hill threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another on Saturday as the No. 4 seed Southern Illinois defeated Eastern Illinois 30-11 in a first-round Football Championship Subdivision playoff game.

The Southern Illinois quarterback finished with 234 yards through the air and 32 yards on the ground to bring the Salukis (11-1) their third consecutive first-round playoff victory.

Less than 5 minutes into the game, Hill connected with wide receiver Alan Turner for a 21-yard touchdown to put the team up 7-0 mere seconds after Eastern Illinois running back Ademola Adeniji lost a fumble on the Panthers first offensive play of the game.

Southern Illinois never surrendered the lead, holding the Panthers (8-4) scoreless until the 2:35 mark of the third quarter when the team converted a 42-yard field goal to make it 20-3.

Hill answered with a six play, 46-yard drive that culminated in a 5-yard, spinning run into the end zone by the quarterback to put his team up 27-3.

The Panthers threatened late after quarterback Bodie Reeder hooked up with tight end Jordan Campanella for a 7-yard touchdown and tight end Trent Steckel for a 2-point conversion to make it 27-11 with just more than seven minutes remaining.

Southern Illinois answered and ran down the clock almost within the 2-minute mark before settling for a 26-yard field goal to bring the lead out of the Panthers reach.

The win gave Southern Illinois its second first round playoff victory against Eastern Illinois in three years.

The Salukis next opponent will be Massachusetts, who defeated Fordham 49-35 Saturday.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
SIU
1st Downs1123
Total Yards179402
Passing113234
Rushing66168
Penalties3-253-23
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession26:2233:38

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Reeder22/331133.411
Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hill24/302347.820

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adeniji22763.500
Bess199.000
Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Randle12726.000
Hill13322.510

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Campanella3279.010
Fisher5244.800
Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turner67512.510
Allen56613.200

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUSIU
TD10:19Alan Turner 21 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 07
TD02:59Ryan Kernes 8 Yd Pass From Nick Hill (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTEREIUSIU
FG01:55Kyle Dougherty 18 Yd 017
FG00:00Kyle Dougherty 21 Yd 020
THIRD QUARTEREIUSIU
FG02:35Tyler Wilke 42 Yd 320
FOURTH QUARTEREIUSIU
TD14:55Nick Hill 5 Yd Run (Kyle Dougherty Kick) 327
TD07:03Jordan Campanella 7 Yd Pass From Bodie Reeder (Bodie Reeder Pass To Trent Steckel For Two-Point Conversion) 1127
FG02:24Kyle Dougherty 26 Yd 1130