Scores

Final

E Illinois 23

(2-9, 1-5 away)

Illinois State 27

(6-5, 5-1 home)

2:00 PM ET, November 13, 2010

Hancock Stadium, Normal, IL

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 10 6 0 723
ILST 3 10 7 727

Top Performers

Passing: M. Brown (ILST) - 238 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Williams (EIU) - 7 CAR, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Whittaker (EIU) - 4 REC, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Illinois St. 27, E. Illinois 23

Associated Press

NORMAL, Ill. -- Erik Smith ran for two touchdowns, including the game winner, to lift Illinois State to a 27-23 victory over in-state rivals Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

The win meant the Redbirds (6-5) took back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2005-06.

Down 20-23 late in the game, the Redbirds drove 61 yards in about seven minutes, capped when Smith made dashed for the winning touchdown with 1:21 left.

The Panthers (2-9) got the ball back at their own 29-yard line, but Illinois State's Bo Flowers snagged an interception four plays later to secure the win.

The Redbirds' Matt Brown led the game in passing with 238 yards while Ashton Leggett led the team in rushing with 77 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers' Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 161 yards and a touchdown and ran for another. Mon Williams ran for 89 yards and a touchdown.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
ILST
1st Downs1427
Total Yards306380
Passing161238
Rushing145142
Penalties0-02-20
3rd Down Conversions6-1110-18
4th Down Conversions0-15-5
Turnovers22
Possession20:1539:45

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo10/191618.512
Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown27/412385.801

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams78712.4171
Lora2168.008
Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leggett21773.7115
Smith20522.626

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Whittaker46015.0119
Wright14848.0048
Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Walker9707.8012
Sanders6488.0011

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUILST
TD14:48Mon Williams 71 Yd Run (Cameron Berra Kick) 70
FG07:08Cameron Berra 27 Yd 100
FG01:27Steven Fetzer 42 Yd 103
SECOND QUARTEREIUILST
FG06:17Steven Fetzer 20 Yd 106
TD01:28Ashton Leggett 1 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 1013
TD01:01Kenny Whittaker 19 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1613
THIRD QUARTEREIUILST
TD01:38Erik Smith 1 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 1620
FOURTH QUARTEREIUILST
TD13:19Jimmy Garoppolo 4 Yd Run (Cameron Berra Kick) 2320
TD01:21Erik Smith 3 Yd Run (Steven Fetzer Kick) 2327