Eastern Illinois (1-7, 1-2 OVC) at Southeast Missouri (2-6, 2-1 OVC)

Houck Field (5,000)  •   Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Oct. 30, 2021   •  1 p.m.   •   TV: ESPN3

EIU Game Notes  |  Listen Live  |  Live Stats  |  Watch on ESPN3


• Eastern Illinois closes out the month of October on Saturday at Southeast Missouri.  The Panthers are looking to snap a three game losing skid including back-to-back losses at home the last two weeks to UT Martin and Tennessee State.  EIU is 1-7 overall, 1-2 in the OVC.   Southeast Missouri also looks to snap a losing skid as the Redhawks have lost two straight non-OVC games to Murray State and UT Martin falling to 2-6 overall, 2-1 in the OVC.

Jordan Miles added to his season total for tackles for loss as the second year defensive lineman ranks first in the OVC this season with 10.5 tackles for loss.  He needs five tackles for loss in the Panthers final three games to crack the EIU single season Top 10 list.  Miles is currently fourth on the EIU team with 35 tackles including 3.5 sacks.

Jaelin Benefield returned to the Panthers line-up for the first time this season on Saturday against Tennessee State.  Benefield had nine carries on the day and finished as EIU’s leading rusher with 56 yards.  Two years ago Benefield was the Panthers leading rusher with 402 yards and during the spring he added 258 yards in five games played.   Benefield now has 716 career rushing yards.

Mark Aitken picked up a sack for the Panthers defense on Saturday against Tennessee State as one of his three tackles as a defensive back.  Aitken became the fifth different Panther to record at least a half sack this season as EIU now has 11 sacks as a team to rank fourth in the OVC.  

• Eastern Illinois was 3-of-3 on 4th down attempts on Saturday against Tennessee State as the Panthers rank sixth in the FCS this season in 4th down attempts with 23.  EIU is converting at 52 percent (12-of-23).  The Panthers led the FCS in 4th down attempts during both the 2019 season and 2020 season going 38-of-82. 


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