Eastern Illinois picked up its first win of the 2019 season last Saturday at Tennessee State as the Panthers rallied from a halftime deficit to win 49-38. EIU improved to 1-9 on the season, 1-5 in the OVC. The Panthers host Southeast Missouri which is currently tied for first in the OVC race with a 5-1 record. SEMO is 7-3 overall.
Jaelin Benefield was named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week following his efforts in the win at Tennessee State. Benefield rushed for 105 yards while catching four passes for 32 yards. Benefield had three touchdowns (2 rushing / 1 receiving) in the game as he now leads EIU in scoring with 42 points.
Game time Saturday is noon. Hear all the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM/106.5 FM WHOW and online at dewittdailynews.com.