Eastern Illinois Panthers football

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Eastern Illinois Panthers
2016 Eastern Illinois Panthers football team
Eastern Illinois Panthers wordmark.svg
First season 1899
Athletic director Tom Michael
Head coach Kim Dameron
3rd season, 18–17 (.514)
Stadium O'Brien Stadium
Seating capacity 10,000
Field surface Artificial Turf
Location Charleston, Illinois
NCAA division Division I FCS
Conference Ohio Valley Conference
All-time record 503–512–43 (.496)
Bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Playoff appearances 16
Playoff record 4-16 (Div. I FCS)
5–1 (Div. II)
Claimed nat'l titles 1 (1978) NCAA Division II
Conference titles 16
1928, 1948, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013
Rivalries Illinois State Redbirds
Western Illinois Leathernecks
Indiana State Sycamores
Consensus All-Americans 27
Colors Blue and Gray[1]
Fight song Eastern State March
Mascot Billy the Panther
Website eiupanthers.com
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 1899. The team plays its home games at the 10,000 seat O'Brien Stadium. The record attendance for O'Brien field was 12,600 on November 9, 1980 vs. Northern Iowa. The all-time record at O'Brien Stadium is 173-85-3 as of the end of the 2016 football season.



Conference memberships[edit]

Mid-America Classic[edit]

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 105 times in total, with Illinois State holding a 54-42-9 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.[2]


National championships[edit]

1978 Division II National Champion 1980 Division II National Runner–Up

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, 13–21, 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[edit]

Playoffs and Bowls[edit]

I-AA/FCS Playoffs[edit]

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 49
2015 Northern Iowa 53 Eastern Illinois 17


1948 Corn Bowl- Illinois Wesleyan University 6 Eastern Illinois University 0

College Football Hall of Fame members[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable alumni include:


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