Scores

Final

S Illinois 28

(0-1, 0-1 away)

E Illinois 49

(1-0, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 30, 2012

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
SIU 7 14 7 028
EIU 7 21 21 049

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (EIU) - 369 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: M. McCall (SIU) - 11 CAR, 56 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Lora (EIU) - 13 REC, 151 YDS, 2 TD

E. Illinois 49, S. Illinois 28

Associated Press

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SIU
EIU
1st Downs2422
Total Yards381522
Passing304433
Rushing7789
Penalties8-6315-127
3rd Down Conversions6-208-20
4th Down Conversions0-31-2
Turnovers64
Possession31:4928:11

Passing Leaders

Southern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Faulkner31/582935.122
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo32/493697.550

Rushing Leaders

Southern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
McCall11565.1215
Strother12433.6024
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker21562.7010
Duncan11363.3019

Receiving Leaders

Southern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
McCall49022.5174
Lewis7618.7022
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lora1315111.6228
Hendricks49523.8136

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSIUEIU
TD09:32Chavar Watkins 40 Yd Pass From Sam Hendricks (Cameron Berra Kick) 07
TD03:35Mika'il McCall 6 Yd Run (Austin Johnson Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERSIUEIU
TD11:50Erik Lora 2 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 714
TD08:11Mika'il McCall 74 Yd Pass From Kory Faulkner (Austin Johnson Kick) 1414
TD06:26Jake Walker 14 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 1421
TD02:30Chris Wright 50 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 1428
TD00:17MyCole Pruitt 3 Yd Pass From Kory Faulkner (Austin Johnson Kick) 2128
THIRD QUARTERSIUEIU
TD11:39Mika'il McCall 6 Yd Run (Austin Johnson Kick) 2828
TD09:22Erik Lora 11 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 2835
TD04:32Chris Wright 24 Yd Pass From Erik Lora (Cameron Berra Kick) 2842
TD01:58Sam Hendricks 31 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 2849