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Tennessee TechGolden EaglesTNTC
0-1, 0-1 Conf
24
Final
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TNTC1007724
EIU71771445
45
Eastern IllinoisPanthersEIU
1-0, 1-0 Conf

Panthers 45, Golden Eagles 24

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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2015 Ohio Valley Conference Standings

TEAMCONFOVR
Jacksonville State8-013-2
Eastern Illinois7-17-5
Tennessee-Martin6-27-4
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