Pierce Holley threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Justin Thomas in the closing seconds to help Eastern Illinois beat Illinois State 14-13 Saturday.

Wenkers Wright scored on a 3-yard run midway through the third quarter and Mason Blakemore added a 12-yard TD run with 4:04 to play that, after the PAT attempt failed, made it 13-7. Eastern Illinois threw an interception on its ensuing drive, its defense then forced a three-and-out but a 71-yard punt by Illinois State's Ian Wagner gave the Panthers possession at their own 7 with 1:32 remaining. Holley led a nine-play, 93-yard drive that culminated when Holley hit Thomas on the right side of the end zone.

Holley completed 35 of 48 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for Eastern Illinois (2-1). Thomas, whose 31-yard TD reception opened the scoring in the second quarter, finished with seven catches for 80 yards.

Zack Annexstad was 20-of-36 passing for 234 yards with two interceptions for Illinois State (2-1). Daniel Sobkowicz added seven receptions for 89 yards.


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