CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 369 yards and five touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to victory over Southern Illinois in the two teams' season opener Thursday night, 49-28.
Garoppolo completed 32 of 49 passes despite being sacked four times. Panthers wideout Erik Lora was the recipient of 13 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
The Eastern Illinois offense recorded 522 yards of total offense over the visiting Salukis.
Southern Illinois' Kory Faulkner completed 31 of 58 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns.
The state rivals were tied 7-7 after the first quarter and Eastern Illinois took a 28-21 at the half.
Mika'Il McCall scored on a 6-yard touchdown run with 11:39 to go in the third quarter for the Salukis, making it a 28-28 game. Eastern Illinois scored three unanswered touchdowns from that point to roll to victory.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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|South Dakota State||5-3||8-4|
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