CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Cole Stinson completed 19-of-26 passes for a career-high 308 yards Thursday to lead Eastern Illinois to a 45-24 win over Tennessee Tech in the season opener for both teams.
The Panthers (1-0, Ohio Valley), the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions, broke a 10-10 second-quarter tie by scoring 14 points over a 19-second span, including a 31-yard pass from Stinson to Micah Rucker and a 3-yard touchdown run by Chip Keys.
Three first-half turnovers doomed Tennessee Tech (0-1), including two interceptions by quarterback Lee Sweeney. The sophomore completed his first 12 passes, but ended 28-of-41 with two touchdowns.
Rucker finished with nine catches, 169 yards and two touchdowns, including an 18-yard score in the third quarter. Chip Keys added two rushing touchdowns for Eastern Illinois.
Daniel Jackson scored the Golden Eagles' lone rushing touchdown, a 2-yard run in the 3rd quarter.
Eastern Illinois led 24-10 at the half.
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UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero says he's ready to move on from episode in which his decision to vote incorrectly as a Pac-12 rep led to a public admonishment from the commissioner.
SEC Network's Paul Finebaum reacts to the Ole Miss uproar after ESPN's KC Joyner predicted the Rebels will go 7-5 in 2016.
AP's Ralph Russo joins The Paul Finebaum Show to break down what could happen if the Big 12 extends its conference.
Hall of Fame RB Eric Dickerson joins Highly Questionable to share the craziest offers he received while being recruited by colleges, as well as recounts why he decommitted from Oklahoma to go to SMU.
With so many departures and holes to fill across the division, no team is in great shape at linebacker.
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