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Eastern Illinois Panthers football

Eastern Illinois Panthers
40px2014 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team
First season 1895
Head coach Kim Dameron
1st year, 5–6 (.455)
Home stadium O'Brien Stadium
Stadium capacity 10,000
Stadium surface Artificial Turf
Location Charleston, IL
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
All-time record 490–500–43 (.495)
Postseason bowl record 0–0 (–)
Claimed national titles 1 (D-II)
Conference titles 7
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Current uniform

Blue and Gray

For information on all Eastern Illinois University sports, see Eastern Illinois Panthers

The Eastern Illinois Panthers football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the Eastern Illinois University located in the U.S. state of Illinois. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Ohio Valley Conference. The school's first football team was fielded in 1895. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat O'Brien Stadium.


Mid-America Classic

The Mid-America Classic is the rivalry game between the Illinois State and Eastern Illinois. The rivalry began in 1901 and is the oldest in the state of Illinois. The two teams have played 103 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 51-40-9 advantage in the all-time series. With the 100th game in the series on the horizon, representatives from both schools met in the spring and developed the Mid-America Classic renaming for the rivalry. The two schools also collaborated on a traveling trophy, which holds plaques with the results of the previous 100 games in the series and has room for results of future games in the series.[1]

Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results



National championships

Eastern Illinois has made two appearances in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game. The Panthers defeated Delaware 10-9, in 1978, and later lost to Cal Poly, 21-13, in 1980.

Year NCAA Division Coach Record National Championship Game Opponent PF PA Location
1978 II Darrell Mudra 12-2 1978 Division II National Championship Game Delaware 10 9 Longview, TX
Total national championships 1

Conference championships

Year First Round Home Team First Round Away Team Quarterfinal Home Quarterfinal Away
1982 OT Eastern Illinois 16 Jackson Tigers 13 Tennessee State 20 Eastern Illinois 19
1983 2OT Indiana State 16 Eastern Illinois 13
1986 Eastern Illinois 28 Murray State 21 Eastern Illinois 22 Eastern Kentucky 24
1989 Idaho 21 Eastern Illinois 38 Montana 25 Eastern Illinois 19
1995 Stephen F. Austin 34 Eastern Illinois 29
1996 Northern Iowa 21 Eastern Illinois 14
2000 Montana 45 Eastern Illinois 13
2001 Eastern Illinois 43 Northern Iowa 49
2002 Western Illinois 48 Eastern Illinois 9
2005 Eastern Illinois 6 Southern Illinois 21
2006 Eastern Illinois 13 Illinois State 24
2007 Southern Illinois 30 Eastern Illinois 11
2009 Southern Illinois 48 Eastern Illinois 7
2012 South Dakota State 58 Eastern Illinois 10
2013 Eastern Illinois 51 Tennessee State 10 Eastern Illinois 39 Towson University 49


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