Football hosts Tennessee Tech for family weekend

Eastern Illinois (2-5, 1-1 OVC) vs. Tennessee Tech (1-6, 0-3 OVC)
O’Brien Field (10,000) • Charleston, Illinois.
October 29, 2022 • 2 p.m. • Television: ESPN+

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NOTES TO KNOW
• Eastern Illinois and Tennessee Tech are both looking for losses as both teams wrap up October with an OVC contest on Saturday. EIU resumed conference play last Saturday with a road loss to Tennessee State as EIU lost two in a row, dropping to 2-5, 1-1 in the OVC. Tennessee Tech (1-6) goes 0-3 in the OVC and lost its fifth straight game last weekend with an overtime loss at Kennesaw State. An EIU win would give the Panthers the second OVC win of the year, the Panthers’ highest in an OVC season since the 2018 campaign.

Pierre Galloway continues to be perfect for the season as the kicker had a 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter in Saturday’s game against Tennessee State. Galloway had made another field goal earlier in the half that EIU took off the board following a penalty that resulted in a first down and ultimately a touchdown. Galloway is one of three FCS kickers this season consistently perfect on field goals and has the most marks of those three kickers at 9-for-9. Joining Galloway on the list are Colby Kintner (The Citadel) and Luka Zurak (Butler), both 7 for 7 this season.

Cooper Willman had several standout special teams Saturday at Tennessee State as the wide receiver also serves in the Panthers’ punt and kick units. As EIU’s leading punt returner, Willman had two punt returns for 33 yards. For the season, he’s averaging 18.8 yards per return, which would lead the OVC and rank second in FCS, but he doesn’t currently have enough returns to qualify. In the Panthers’ kickoff unit, he recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter, EIU’s first successful onside kick since their 2019 game at Tennessee State.

• The Eastern Illinois defense was able to get to quarterback the last three games as the Panthers finished with four sacks at Tennessee State. EIU has recorded 13 of its 15 sacks this season in the last three games. Jordan Miles had two of four sacks on Saturday as he is now one of three players tied for the team lead with three joining sacks Cameron Leach and Joel Barrows. This season, nine different players have been credited with at least half a sack.

Jordan-Vincent led EIU with nine tackles at Tennessee State, including seven solo saves, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups. The preseason All-OVC safety is now Eastern Illinois’ leading tackler this season with 51. Of those 51 tackles, 35 were solo saves as Vincent currently leads the OVC in tackles solo and ranks 35th in the FCS.