In the midst of a difficult season, Eastern Illinois sent its 2018 senior class out with quite a memory Saturday in Charleston.
The Panthers scored the first five touchdowns of the game and roared to a 52-21 rout against Austin Peay at O’Brien Field on Senior Day.
The early damage was done on the ground with running back Isaiah Johnson scoring from 10 and 20 yards out in the first quarter. Quarterback Jonathan Brantley followed with a pair of 11-yard scoring runs in the second quarter before connecting on a 38-yard scoring pass to Alexander Hollins late in the quarter for a 35-0 lead.
Eastern, coming off a bye week, tied its season-high scoring output as Johnson rushed for 187 yards.
The Panthers finished with 216 rushing yards on the day and 404 yards of total offense.
Eastern also forced three turnovers in the win.
5 Stats That Stood Out
2 -- Austin Peay has still beaten EIU only twice in the Panthers’ NCAA Division I era.
3.4 – Yards per carry for Austin Peay on its 55 rush attempts. The Governors average 5.4 for the season.
8 – Total tackles for five different EIU players in the win – defensive back Ray Crittenden, linebackers Joe Caputo, Dytarious Johnson and Camden Meade, along with defensive lineman Josh Price.
9 – EIU’s Alexander Hollins became the ninth player in school history to post a 1,000-yard receiving season.
36.6 – Percentage of passes completed by Austin Peay, which was 11-for-30.
Eastern Illinois (3-7) at Southeast Missouri (7-3), 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Game will air on ESPN3.