Scores

Final

E Illinois 31

(6-3, 5-1 OVC)

Tenn Tech 24

(2-7, 0-6 OVC)

2:30 PM ET, November 3, 2012

Tucker Stadium, Cookeville, TN

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 0 7 17 731
TNTC 10 0 7 724

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (SOU) - 376 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Page (TNTC) - 11 CAR, 30 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: C. Watkins (EIU) - 7 REC, 140 YDS, 1 TD

E. Illinois 31, Tennessee Tech 24

Associated Press

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Jimmy Garoppolo completed 27 of 41 passes for 376 yards, three touchdowns and an interception to propel Eastern Illinois past Tennessee Tech 31-24 Saturday.

Trailing 10-0, Garappolo's 61-yard pass to Chavar Watkins put Eastern Illinois (6-3, 5-1 Ohio Valley Conference) on the board and cut the deficit to 10-7 at halftime.

Garappolo's strong second half proved to be the difference. He found Keiondre Gober early in the third quarter on a 2-yard pass to take the lead 14-10.

Tennessee Tech (2-7, 0-6) kept coming, with Darian Stone's 14-yard touchdown pass to Da'Rick Rogers tying the game at 17. Garoppolo answered again, taking the lead for good, finding Chris Wright for a 73-yard bomb and a 24-17 advantage.

A late rushing touchdown by Taylor Duncan extended the lead and dashed the Golden Eagles' hopes.

Eastern Illinois remains in first place in the conference. Tennessee Tech has lost seven straight.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
TNTC
1st Downs2426
Total Yards499375
Passing376153
Rushing123222
Penalties15-1209-81
3rd Down Conversions9-1611-22
4th Down Conversions0-22-3
Turnovers12
Possession21:3038:30

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo27/413769.231
Tennessee TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Stone22/431533.611

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker14614.4021
Duncan12554.6111
Tennessee TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stone191005.3022
Golden10505.0015

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Watkins714020.0161
Wright410225.5173
Tennessee TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rogers5499.8114
Vanlier7426.0012

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUTNTC
TD09:18Doug Page 1 Yd Run (Zachary Sharp Kick) 07
FG01:39Zachary Sharp 32 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTEREIUTNTC
TD08:16Chavar Watkins 61 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 710
THIRD QUARTEREIUTNTC
TD11:43Keiondre Gober 2 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 1410
FG08:03Cameron Berra 19 Yd 1710
TD04:56Da'Rick Rogers 14 Yd Pass From Darian Stone (Zachary Sharp Kick) 1717
TD04:12Chris Wright 73 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 2417
FOURTH QUARTEREIUTNTC
TD10:26Taylor Duncan 10 Yd Run (Cameron Berra Kick) 3117
TD02:27Doug Page 2 Yd Run (Zachary Sharp Kick) 3124