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Big-play defense helps Eastern Illinois stop Tennessee Tech


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bryce Dewberry returned a fumble 90 yards for a pivotal touchdown and Eastern Illinois went on to defeat Tennessee Tech 28-14 in an Ohio Valley Conference opener. Midway through the fourth quarter, Tennessee Tech drove inside the 10-yard line looking to tie the score. With 2nd-and-goal from the 5, the 16th play of the Golden Eagles’ drive went awry as quarterback Drew Martin fumbled in the backfield and Dewberry returned it 90 yards for an Eastern Illinois touchdown and a 28-14 lead. Jordan Miles had three of the Panthers’ five sacks and caused two fumbles and  Jason Johnson had 16 tackles, nine solo.

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