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Eastern Illinois Travels to Murray State

Coming off their first win of the season, the Eastern Illinois Panther travel to take on Murray State Sunday afternoon.


Eastern Illinois picked up its first win of the 2021 spring football season on Sunday with a 28-20 win over Tennessee Tech.  It was the first home win for second-year head coach Adam Cushing as the Panthers lone win in 2019 was on the road at Tennessee State. 


Linebacker Jason Johnson was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after making 15 tackles in the home win over Tennessee Tech.  Johnson had ten solo stops with two tackles for loss and a sack.  He is the first EIU player to make 15 or more tackles in a game since Pono Choy had 15 stops at Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 10, 2016.   Johnson currently leads the OVC in tackles with 44 and ranks 16th in the FCS. 


Arron Foulkes hauled in two touchdown passes from quarterback Otto Kuhns in Sunday's win over Tennessee Tech. 


Marcus Bornslater had a big special teams play to start the Panthers scoring on Sunday against Tennessee Tech.  Bornslater blocked the first punt attempt of the game for TTU and then recovered the loose football in the end zone for a touchdown.  He became the first player to score a touchdown off a blocked punt since Mack Weaver recovered a blocked punt on Sept. 16, 2017 against Illinois State.   It was the second blocked punt this season by EIU's special teams as DeAirious Smith had a blocked punt resulting in a safety at UT Martin.


Game time Sunday is 2 pm. Hear the action on The Big 1520 AM/92.3 FM WHOW, at dewittdailynews.com, the WHOW mobile app, and at Amazon Alexa.

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