Illinois State edges Eastern Illinois 31-24 with late score

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CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Pha’leak Brown scored on a 3-yard run with 1:54 to play and Illinois State defeated Eastern Illinois 31-24, it’s fourth straight win in the 109-year old Mid-America Classic. The win was the 87th win at Illinois State for Brock Spack, making him the winningest coach in school history, passing Edwin Struck, who coached from 1945-64. After Illinois State stopped the Panthers on downs, Eastern Illinois blocked a field goal attempt but couldn’t get an advance on the ball and had four incompletions from inside their 35 in the final 34 seconds. The Redbirds put together the winning drive after stopping the Panthers on fourth-and-1 from the 27 with 4:15 left.

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