JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Michael Torres of Eastern Illinois intercepted a pass and returned it 40-yards for a touchdown with 3:23 to play to stop Jacksonville State's attempt to tie the game and give the Panthers a 37-23 win Saturday.
The victory keeps Eastern Illinois (7-3, 6-1) in the race for the Ohio Valley Conference championship.
Jacksonville State (6-4, 5-2) trailed only 23-20 after Cedric Johnson scored on a 13-yard run at 6:21 in the second quarter. The Panthers stretched their lead back to 10, when Quinten Ponius returned the second half kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.
The Gamecocks narrowed the Eastern Illinois lead to 30-23 at 10:20 in the third quarter on a 24-yard field goal by Gavin Hallford.
The Panthers were led by Ademola Adeniji, who ran 29 times for 158 yards and scored two touchdowns. Johnson completed 14-of-21 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns for the Gamecocks and threw two interceptions. Johnson also ran the ball 14 times for 100 yards.
"Scarlet Saturday" no longer allows Ohio residents to wear khaki pants or use the letter "M" per game-day resolutions by governor John Kasich.
Conor Hundley run for 7 yds for a TD
Brandon Wilson run for 17 yds for a TD
Houston's Greg Ward's pass is almost intercepted, then goes off Demarcus Ayers' should pads to pop in the air before Ayers makes the diving catch to complete the unorthodox 23 yard gain. Houston would score on the drive to go up 14-7.
Brad Kaaya pass complete to Rashawn Scott for 22 yds for a TD
Chris Blewitt 48 yd FG MISSED
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