Scores

Final

E Illinois 34

(7-1, 4-0 OVC)

Tenn St 16

(7-2, 4-1 OVC)

5:00 PM ET, October 26, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 7 14 7 634
TNST 3 0 0 1316

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (SOU) - 410 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: S. Little (EIU) - 22 CAR, 138 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Gober (EIU) - 6 REC, 128 YDS, 2 TD

Eastern Illinois crushes Tennessee State 34-16

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to a crushing 34-16 victory over Tennessee State in a shootout for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday night.

Eastern Illinois (7-1, 4-0 OVC) had 567 total offensive yards. Garoppolo was 24-of-41 for 410 yards. Wide receivers Keiondre Gober and Jeff LePak each had over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Shephard Little ran for 138 yards and a touchdown.

The Panthers held Tennessee State (7-2, 4-1) to a single field goal until early in the fourth quarter when the Tigers' Ronald Butler connected with Weldon Garlington for a touchdown to tighten the score to 28-10. Eastern Illinois expanded their lead on a 25-yard Garoppolo TD pass to LePak but missed the extra point.

TSU mounted one last scoring drive with five minutes left in the game, culminating in another Butler TD pass and a 34-16 final.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
TNST
1st Downs2521
Total Yards567338
Passing418212
Rushing149126
Penalties9-6513-110
3rd Down Conversions4-155-17
4th Down Conversions3-51-2
Turnovers22
Possession27:2032:40

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo24/4141010.041
Tennessee StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Butler24/452124.720

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Little221386.3121
Duncan7334.7014
Tennessee StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Broughton16935.8027
Butler9242.7020

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gober612821.3261
LePak411228.0254
Tennessee StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kelly7699.9027
Garlington5336.6119

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUTNST
TD11:21Keiondre Gober 61 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 70
FG08:09Jamin Godfrey 43 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTEREIUTNST
TD11:08Shephard Little 21 Yd Run (Cameron Berra Kick) 143
TD06:36Jeff LePak 34 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 213
THIRD QUARTEREIUTNST
TD11:30Keiondre Gober 29 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 283
FOURTH QUARTEREIUTNST
TD12:04Weldon Garlington 11 Yd Pass From Ronald Butler (Jamin Godfrey Kick) 2810
TD06:52Jeff LePak 25 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Pat Failed) 3410
TD05:18Dantwan O'Neal 17 Yd Pass From Ronald Butler (Pat Failed) 3416