Eastern Illinois had its second scrimmage of the fall season and the Panthers showed balance on both sides of the ball. Brandon Large drove the Panthers down the field in 13 plays hitting 8-of-8 on the opening drive for a score. The defense then responded with three strong series before both sides finished with some high notes.
We are now 14 days away from the opener at Iowa and will start previewing the different EIU position groups on Monday right here on the EIU Panther blog. This will be the fourth member of the old Big Ten that EIU has played with previous stops at Illinois (twice), Purdue and Penn State. EIU will play at Northwestern next season and already has Minnesota on the docket for the 2014 schedule.
Panther season and single game tickets are currently on sale by calling 217-581-2106 or online at www.eiupanthertickets.com A limited number of tickets for the opener at Iowa are still available through the EIU ticket office. The deadline is Noon on Wednesday (Aug. 25). Iowa is sold out for this game.
Make sure to watch former EIU football players Tony Romo (Dallas) Pierre Walters (Kansas City), Otis Hudson (Cincinnati) and Chris Campbell (Green Bay) during preseason NFL action. Right now Walters, Hudson and Campbell are working their ways into securing spots on NFL rosters with all three getting solid back-up playing time.
Congrats to the EIU women's soccer team, off to a 1-0 start to the season following Friday's win over IUPUI. They face Evansville on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Field on what should be a great weather day.