Tag: Ohio Valley Conference

EIU must address disappointing offense as season enters final phase

If Eastern Illinois is to post another win this season, the Panther offense needs to produce. (photo courtesy EIU Athletics) As Eastern Illinois enters the final stretch of its fall season, the Panthers continue to look for answers on offense. EIU has lost three straight games and stands at 1-7 overall and 1-2 in the... Read more »

3 things we learned: Turnovers prove to be EIU's undoing in Homecoming shutout defeat

Tennessee State shut out Eastern Illinois 28-0 Saturday at O’Brien Field in Charleston. (photo courtesy Sandy King/EIU Athletics) CHARLESTON—From players on Eastern Illinois 1978 Division II national champions to a Heisman Trophy winner to a 22-year NFL head coach who was a member of the ’85 Chicago Bears, there was plenty of star power on... Read more »

By George, Eastern Illinois hosts Heisman Trophy winner-coached Tennessee State for Homecoming

Eastern Illinois freshman Harrison Bey-Buie is the Panthers’ second-leading rusher this season. He had 99 rushing yards against UT-Martin. (photo courtesy Sandy King/EIU Athletics) Eddie George has never been to Charleston, but when the Heisman Trophy winner and former All-Pro running back visits Eastern Illinois University Saturday he’ll recognize some familiar names. “I know Tony... Read more »

3 things we learned: Nationally ranked UT-Martin pulls away from EIU in second half

EIU head coach Adam Cushing’s Panthers fell 28-17 to UT-Martin Saturday. (Photo by Barry Bottino, Prairie State Pigskin) Nationally ranked UT-Martin shut down Eastern Illinois and pulled away in the second half to take control of the Ohio Valley Conference standings with a 28-17 victory Saturday in Charleston. The Skyhawks scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns —... Read more »

Despite rugged start, EIU plays for first place in conference matchup with No. 16 UT-Martin

Defensive lineman Tim Varga (97) is tied for the OVC lead for sacks at 3.5 with teammate Jordan Miles. (photo courtesy eiupanther.com) After playing four of its first five games on the road, Eastern Illinois begins a two-game homestand with Saturday’s Ohio Valley Conference matchup against nationally ranked UT-Martin. EIU — coming off its bye... Read more »

Bye week comes at the right time for EIU Panthers

Eastern Illinois quarterback Chris Katrenick (9) looks downfield in the Panthers’ 22-6 loss at Murray State. (photo courtesy goracers.com) If third-year Eastern Illinois head coach Adam Cushing could choose his team’s bye week each, this is the perfect time. “I like it right in the middle (of the season) if at all possible because there’s... Read more »

EIU offense sputters in 22-6 loss at Murray State

Eastern Illinois defensive back Russell Dandy (3) had two interceptions in Saturday’s loss at Murray State. (photo courtesy goracers.com) Following last week’s promising win at Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois sputtered to a 22-6 loss at Murray State Saturday. The loss dropped EIU to 1-5 on the season. Murray State evened its record at 2-2. Though... Read more »

Scheduling quirk has EIU facing Ohio Valley Conference foe in non-league road game

DeWayne Cooks (2) is Eastern Illinois’ second-leading receiver with 10 catches. (photo courtesy Sandy King, EIU Athletics) When two universities left the Ohio Valley Conference this past spring, the fall football schedule had to be reconfigured as teams scrambled to find games to fill those voids. As a result, Eastern Illinois will play at Murray... Read more »

Illinois FCS trio garners player of the week honors; Salukis at No. 7 in national polls

Southern Illinois players celebrate Saturday’s 35-17 win with fans at Saluki Stadium. (photo courtesy siusalukis.com) A scintillating kickoff return, a 23-tackle performance and a sack total that flashes back 18 years all translated into a trio of player of the weeks awards for Illinois FCS players. Southern Illinois returner Izaiah Hartrup, Western Illinois safety Darius... Read more »

3 things we learned: School-record fumble return sparks EIU to conference-opening win

Jordan Miles (91) and Jason Johnson (8) helped lead Eastern Illinois to a 28-14 win. (photo courtesy EIU Athletics) A momentum-swinging, game-changing play by Eastern Illinois’ defense sparked the Panthers to a 28-14 victory Saturday at Tennessee Tech to open the Ohio Valley Conference schedule. Trailing 21-14, TTU appeared on the verge of tying the... Read more »