Eastern Illinois defensive back DySaun Smith recovered a fumble on the first play from scrimmage Saturday against UT Martin.
It was the Panthers’ offense, however, who made most of the turnover headlines in a 27-10 Ohio Valley Conference loss Saturday to the Skyhawks.
Eastern (5-3 overall, 4-2 OVC) lost their second consecutive conference game as Martin (4-4, 2-3) took advantage of five EIU turnovers in the game. The Panthers lost their second OVC game in a row after starting 4-0 in conference play.
EIU quarterback Bud Martin threw three interceptions in the loss, during which the Panthers generated only 10 points.
The Skyhawks broke a three-game losing streak with the victory. During the previous three weeks, UT Martin managed to score only 27 points combined.
The most prolific EIU offensive player was junior wide receiver Alexander Hollins, who had eight receptions for 114 yards.
Only two of Eastern’s 12 offensive drives on the day went for 50 yards or more.
Players of the game
Sophomore running back Darshon McCullough averaged 4.1 yards a carry and was EIU’s leading rusher with 57 yards.
Alexander Hollins, a junior wide receiver for Eastern, led all players with eight receptions and 114 yards.
Safety Bradley Dewberry and defensive lineman Josh Price led Eastern with nine total tackles apiece.
By The Numbers
1 – Number of sacks by EIU’s defense in the game.
2.1 – Yards per rush gained by both teams.
8 – Tackles for loss by UT Martin’s defense.
11 – Total first downs by the Skyhawks’ offense, eight fewer than EIU had in the game.
38 – Longest catch by EIU’s Alexander Hollins, which was the game’s longest play.
75 – Yards on interception returns by Martin on its four picks.
Eastern Kentucky (3-5, 3-3) at Eastern Illinois (5-3, 4-2), 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Charleston, Ill.