Sept. 14, 2019


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. ( – The Eastern Michigan University football team is leaving a Big Ten Conference stadium with a win for the third consecutive season after beating the University of Illinois, 34-31, today, Sept. 14, at historic Memorial Stadium.

A back-and-forth contest, the game was tied with three seconds on the clock when sophomore kicker Chad Ryland (Lebanon, Pa.-Cedar Crest) drilled a 24-yard, game-winning field goal to down the Illini. Ryland has now used a last-second field goal to beat a Big Ten foe in consecutive season after walking-off Purdue, 20-19, in West Lafayette, a season ago.

“Awesome, awesome day for our program,” said Head Coach Chris Creighton said. “Our defense played well. We knew we weren’t going to shut them out, because they are really good, but we did what we needed to. Our guys just executed. I love this team – I mean, wow. What a great bunch of guys.”