Scores

Final/OT

E Illinois 31

(2-8, 2-6 OVC)

Tenn St 28

(3-6, 0-5 OVC)

6:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

LP Field, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 OT T
EIU 0 7 7 14 331
TNST 14 14 0 0 028

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (EIU) - 331 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Wright (TNST) - 14 CAR, 135 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Wright (EIU) - 5 REC, 217 YDS, 3 TD

E. Illinois 31, Tennessee St. 28, OT

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw three second-half touchdown passes to Chris Wright, leading an Eastern Illinois comeback for a 31-28 overtime victory over Tennessee State on Saturday night.

Cameron Berra's 37-yard field goal provided the deciding points for the Panthers (2-8, 2-6 Ohio Valley Conference), who had the ball first in overtime.

The Tigers (3-6, 0-5), who led 28-7 at halftime, then got a 23-yard completion on third-and-9 from Dominic Grooms to Jeremy Pryor, who fumbled at the 1 when hit by Carlos Reyna. The ball rolled out of the end zone and Eastern Illinois had the victory.

Garoppolo completed 20 of 33 for 331 yards and four touchdowns overall. After finding Wright for a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter, they hooked up for scores of 65 and 81 yards in the fourth to tie it with 6:46 remaining.

Terrence Wright had 135 yards on 14 carries for Tennessee State.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
TNST
1st Downs2123
Total Yards467457
Passing331277
Rushing136180
Penalties6-718-60
3rd Down Conversions5-134-13
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Turnovers32
Possession31:1828:42

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo20/3333110.040
Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grooms15/292709.310

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker14705.0016
Potempa10303.0012
Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright141359.6143
Thomas16412.619

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright521743.4381
Whittaker5367.2012
Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pryor612120.2034
Davis34916.3017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUTNST
TD09:40Calvin McNairl 6 Yd Run. (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 07
TD04:55Dante' Thomas 6 Yd Run. (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTEREIUTNST
TD12:45Terrence Wright 15 Yd Run. (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 021
TD08:33Cody Bruns 23 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo. (Cameron Berra Kick) 721
TD06:18Calvin McNairl 20 Yd Pass From Dominic Grooms. (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 728
THIRD QUARTEREIUTNST
TD09:06Chris Wright 15 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo. (Cameron Berra Kick) 1428
FOURTH QUARTEREIUTNST
TD10:29Chris Wright 65 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo. (Cameron Berra Kick) 2128
TD06:46Chris Wright 81 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo. (Cameron Berra Kick) 2828
OVERTIMEEIUTNST
FGCameron Berra 37 Yd 3128