Kimble had 180 yards passing for the Panthers (4-2, 2-1 Ohio Valley Conference). He also ran for a 9-yard touchdown early in the first quarter. Church finished with 94 yards rushing.
After the Panthers fell behind 34-28 early in the fourth quarter, Kimble capped an 80-yard drive with a 4-yard scoring pass to Church to regain the lead, 35-34, with 9:00 remaining.
Tennessee State ate up the next 5:56 on the ensuing drive but Lane Clark missed a 46-yard field goal try with 3:00 to play and the Panthers held on to win.
Eastern Illinois scored on its first two possessions and led 21-13 at halftime.
Ronald Butler threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score for the Tigers (4-1, 1-1).
Ohio State DT Dre'Mont Jones entering NFL draft, but will play in Rose Bowl
Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones, rated the ninth-best draft eligible defensive tackle on NFL expert Mel Kiper's latest Big Board, tweeted Wednesday that he'll enter the NFL draft.
2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule
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Tre Williams charged with domestic assault, remains suspended by Missouri
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Syracuse extends Dino Babers 'well into the future'
Dino Babers, who led Syracuse this season to a 9-3 record and its first bowl trip since 2013, has received an extension to stay at the school "well into the future."
Source: Temple taps Miami DC Manny Diaz for head-coaching job
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has agreed to become Temple's new head coach, a source told ESPN. He will be introduced at a Thursday news conference.