Scores

Final

Illinois State 24

(2-1, 1-0 away)

E Illinois 21

(1-2, 1-0 OVC)

7:00 PM ET, September 15, 2007

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
ILST 7 10 0 724
EIU 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: L. Drone (ILST) - 267 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: R. Rice (ILST) - 15 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Meredith (ILST) - 3 REC, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Illinois St. 24, E. Illinois 21

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) -- Quarterback Luke Drone passed 267 yards and two touchdowns Saturday to help lead Illinois State to a 24-21 victory over Eastern Illinois.

Drone went 20-for-31 and added 35 yards on the ground as the Redbirds won its sixth-straight over the Panthers.

Eastern Illinois went up 21-17 early in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Chip Keys. The Redbirds responded by capping a march downfield with a two-yard scoring run by tailback Rafael Rice with 6:52 left.

The Panthers got into field goal range on the ensuing drive, but quarterback Bodie Reeder fumbled the snap with under 30 seconds left to play. The ball was recovered by defensive end Kaschiev Hunter, and the Redbirds took a knee to run out the clock.

Illinois State struck first early in the opening quarter after linebacker Bill Hornec recovered a fumbled snap by Panther quarterback Cole Stinson near midfield and Drone engineered a seven-play scoring drive capped by six-yard pass to fullback Garin Harcar. The Panthers tied the game when Ademola Adeniji ran the ball in from eight yards out.

A 23-yard field goal from Tyler Funk and a 22-yard pass from Drone to Kedric Meredith in the second quarter -- after the Panthers scored on an eight-yard reception by Micah Rucker -- gave the Redbirds a 17-14 advantage at the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
EIU
1st Downs2121
Total Yards410407
Passing267195
Rushing143212
Penalties5-527-37
3rd Down Conversions0-00-0
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers22
Possession30:0429:56

Passing Leaders

Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Drone20/312678.622
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stinson11/171106.510

Rushing Leaders

Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice15744.910
Drone8354.400
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bess21994.700
Keys7588.310

Receiving Leaders

Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Horton57414.800
Meredith35919.710
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fisher35317.700
Rucker5469.210

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILSTEIU
TD10:23Garin Harcar 6 Yd Pass From Luke Drone (Tyler Funk Kick) 70
TD05:40Ademola Adeniji 8 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERILSTEIU
FG13:22Tyler Funk 23 Yd 107
TD08:54Micah Rucker 7 Yd Pass From Cole Stinson (Tyler Wilke Kick) 1014
TD00:16Kedric Meredith 22 Yd Pass From Luke Drone (Tyler Funk Kick) 1714
FOURTH QUARTERILSTEIU
TD13:05Chip Keys 1 Yd Run (Tyler Wilke Kick) 1721
TD06:52Rafael Rice 2 Yd Run (Tyler Funk Kick) 2421