CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Scotty Gilkey threw two touchdown passes to Alexander Hollins and ran for another score to help Eastern Illinois beat Southeast Missouri State 19-16 Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.
Gilkey completed 9 of 20 for 142 yards passing and added 26 carries for 98 yards while Hollins had seven receptions for 118 yards for Eastern Illinois (2-2).
Gilkey's 1-yard touchdown run capped a 17-play, 87-yard drive midway through the first quarter and the Panthers never trailed. His 32-yard pass to Hollins made it 12-0 after a second failed PAT attempt with 6:25 left in the half and, after a 4-yard scoring run by Marquis Terry and a safety pulled the Redhawks within three points, a 38-yard touchdown by Hollins made it 19-9 with 11:19 to play. Cameron Sanders returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for a score but Bradley Dewberry's 49-yard interception return to midfield sealed it with 23 seconds left.
Southeast Missouri State (0-4) has lost seven in a row dating to last season.
For more AP college football coverage: www.collegefootball.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-Top25
Tua & Murray's stats are astounding
Brad Edwards gives an analytical breakdown for the historic seasons put up by two Heisman finalists: Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray.
Kansas' Pooka Williams arrested on suspicion of domestic battery
Kansas running back Pooka Williams, the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery.
Tebow says Murray has 'a slight lead' over Tua
Tim Tebow joins First Take to discuss his pick for the Heisman Trophy, putting Kyler Murray over Tua Tagovailoa.
Liberty hires Freeze despite off-field issues
Trevor Matich is interested in seeing how Hugh Freeze will perform as head coach at Liberty.
Wingo on SEC Commissioner: Who is going to schedule UCF?
Golic & Wingo react to SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey's comments on UCF, even when schedules are made five years ahead of time.
Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze agrees to deal with Liberty
Former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze was introduced Friday as Liberty's new football coach. Freeze, who resigned from Ole Miss in July 2017, replaces Turner Gill.