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Final

Illinois State 55

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, September 2, 2010

Hancock Stadium, Normal, IL

1 2 3 4 T
CEN 7 17 16 1454
ILST 20 20 7 855

Top Performers

Passing: M. Brown (ILST) - 303 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: E. Smith (ILST) - 13 CAR, 96 YDS

Receiving: M. Sanders (ILST) - 8 REC, 113 YDS

Illinois St. 55, Central Missouri State 54

Associated Press

NORMAL, Ill. -- Matt Brown threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns, including a 26-yarder to Corey Shandrick with 2:22 remaining, as Illinois State defeated Central Missouri 55-54 Thursday night.

The touchdown made the score 54-53 Central Missouri, and after an offside penalty on the extra point, the Redbirds (1-0) went for a 2-point conversion with Ashton Leggett providing the winning points.

Ben Ericksen returned the opening kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown for Illinois State. The Mules (0-1), a Division II school, trailed 40-24 at the half but tied it at 47 on Eric Czerniewski's fifth touchdown pass, a 19-yarder to Brent Boehringer in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Mules went ahead 54-47 on Anthony Stewart's 2-yard run with 4:15 to play, but Illinois State went 78 yards in just six plays to retake the lead.

Czerniewski finished 39 of 61 for 493 yards and two interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CEN
ILST
1st Downs3324
Total Yards605509
Passing547322
Rushing58187
Penalties9-7612-90
3rd Down Conversions2-93-11
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers31
Possession28:0231:58

Passing Leaders

Central Missouri StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Czerniewski39/614938.152
Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown24/313039.830

Rushing Leaders

Central Missouri StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart7253.6116
Mason3196.3012
Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith13967.4057
Leggett11565.1113

Receiving Leaders

Central Missouri StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cosby613222.0232
Warren1012812.8254
Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders811314.1024
Gordon28442.0154

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCENILST
TD14:46Ben Ericksen 85 Yd Kickoff Return (Pat Blocked) 06
TD10:27Casey Cline 4 Yd Pass From Matt Brown (Steven Fetzer Kick) 013
CENTD08:27Demarco Cosby 32 Yd Pass From Eri Czerniewski (Aaron Jamieson Kick) 713
TD02:56Marcus Harris 42 Yd Interception Return (Steven Fetzer Kick) 720
SECOND QUARTERCENILST
CENFG09:33Aaron Jamieson 21 Yd 1020
TD06:54Ashton Leggett 1 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 1027
CENTD06:12Demarco Cosby 17 Yd Pass From Eri Czerniewski (Aaron Jamieson Kick) 1727
FG02:17Steven Fetzer 26 Yd 1730
TD01:26Cameron Hunt 7 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 1737
CENTD00:23Anthony Stewart 49 Yd Pass From Eri Czerniewski (Aaron Jamieson Kick) 2437
FG00:00Steven Fetzer 33 Yd 2440
THIRD QUARTERCENILST
CENTD14:18Jamorris Warren 54 Yd Pass From Seth Mason (Eri Czerniewski Pass To Reid Allison For Two-Point Conversion) 3240
CENTD07:29Jamorris Warren 4 Yd Pass From Eri Czerniewski (Eri Czerniewski Pass To Anthony Stewart For Two-Point Conversion) 4040
TD05:04Cliffton Gordon 54 Yd Pass From Matt Brown (Steven Fetzer Kick) 4047
FOURTH QUARTERCENILST
CENTD14:39B Boehringer 19 Yd Pass From Eri Czerniewski (Aaron Jamieson Kick) 4747
CENTD04:15Anthony Stewart 2 Yd Run (Aaron Jamieson Kick) 5447
TD02:22Corey Shandrick 26 Yd Pass From Matt Brown (Ashton Leggett Run For Two-Point Conversion) 5455