Cent. Michigan 31, E. Illinois 12

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Dan LeFevour threw for 213 yards and had three touchdown passes as Central Michigan defeated Eastern Illinois 31-12 on Thursday night.

LeFevour was 21-of-31 and had 42 yards rushing on 11 carries for the Chippewas (1-0).

Central Michigan never trailed, as Ontario Sneed scored the first touchdown of the season on a 23-yard run to put CMU up 10-3 in the second quarter. Sneed finished with 88 yards rushing on 13 carries.

Bodie Reeder threw for 201 yards for Eastern Illinois (0-1) and one touchdown, a 15-yard touchdown pass to Sean McGrath.

Bryan Anderson had nine receptions for 66 yards for Central Michigan, including a 5-yard touchdown reception, while Jean Pitts and Sean Skergen also had touchdown catches for the Chippewas.

Frank Zombo had 2 1/2 sacks to lead the Central Michigan defense, which held the Panthers to 83 yards rushing.

Central Michigan won its season opener for the first time since 2002.



2015 Ohio Valley Conference Standings

Jacksonville State8-013-2
Eastern Illinois7-17-5
Eastern Kentucky5-36-5
Southeast Missouri State3-44-7
Tennessee Tech3-54-7
Murray State2-63-8
Tennessee State1-64-6
Austin Peay0-80-11