|Photo Jeff Brown Purple Walrus Press.|
The Eagles of Eastern Michigan University soared to victory as they defeated Illinois by a score of 34-31 in Champaign Saturday. This marks the third time in three years that Eastern has defeated a team from the Big Ten, and that's a big deal. However, today's game was a heart-stopping nail-biter as EMU kicker Chad Ryland kicked a 24 yard game winning field goal with a mere couple seconds left on the clock.
Eastern quarterback Mike Glass picked the Illinois defense apart completing 23 of 36 passes for 316 yards. EMU's Jarius Grissom befuddled the Illinois defense rushing for 52 yards on 3 carries, while Eastern running back Willie Parker rushed for 24 yards with 11 carries and a touchdown.
With two bowl game appearances over the past three years and three straight victories over Big Ten teams, EMU has definitely turned a corner and is recognized as a force in the Mid American Conference.
Great win for Eastern Michigan, the Mid American Conference and the entire EMU community.
Next, Eastern Michigan will take on Central Connecticut State University at Rynearson Stadium (The Factory) Saturday, September 21 at 3:00 pm.
See you there!