Scores

Final

Illinois State 26

(0-1, 0-1 away)

E Illinois 33

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, September 1, 2011

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
ILST 0 9 10 726
EIU 2 10 0 2133

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (SOU) - 304 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: A. Leggett (ILST) - 19 CAR, 97 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Ricks (EIU) - 7 REC, 114 YDS, 1 TD

E. Illinois 33, Illinois St. 26

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 304 yards and three touchdowns, including the winning score with 2:38 remaining, to lead Eastern Illinois past Illinois State 33-26 Thursday night in the season opener for both schools.

Lorence Ricks caught seven passes for 114 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers, who scored 21 points in the fourth quarter. Garoppolo also ran for a 1-yard TD early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 19. He connected with Ricks for a 42-yard touchdown after an ISU turnover to give Eastern Illinois a 26-19 lead.

Ashton Leggett, who finished with 97 yards rushing, scored his second touchdown of the game from 3 yards out to tie it again. But Garoppolo, who completed 25 of 34 attempts, found Chris Wright for 10 yards for the winning TD.

Matt Brown was 23 of 35 for 240 yards for Illinois State with two interceptions.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ILST
EIU
1st Downs2021
Total Yards392367
Passing240304
Rushing15263
Penalties7-575-65
3rd Down Conversions7-136-13
4th Down Conversions1-10-1
Turnovers41
Possession25:1634:44

Passing Leaders

Illinois StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Brown23/352406.902
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo25/343048.930

Rushing Leaders

Illinois StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Leggett19975.1227
Smith6528.7036
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodson14523.7011
Walker8182.3012

Receiving Leaders

Illinois StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sanders9899.9026
Neblett56613.2033
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ricks711416.3142
Whittaker45714.3037

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERILSTEIU
SF12:01Fumble In End Zone 02
SECOND QUARTERILSTEIU
FG11:12Cameron Berra 33 Yd 05
SF08:44Jake Walker Tackled By Shelby Harris In End Zone 25
TD04:16Sam Hendricks 20 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 212
TD00:46Ashton Leggett 6 Yd Run (Nick Aussieker Kick) 912
THIRD QUARTERILSTEIU
FG09:18Nick Aussieker 25 Yd 1212
TD03:55Ben Ericksen 30 Yd Fumble Return (Nick Aussieker Kick) 1912
FOURTH QUARTERILSTEIU
TD14:18Jimmy Garoppolo 1 Yd Run (Cameron Berra Kick) 1919
TD09:52Lorence Ricks 42 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 1926
TD07:03Ashton Leggett 3 Yd Run (Nick Aussieker Kick) 2626
TD02:38Chris Wright 10 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 2633