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.
UCLA junior linebacker Myles Jack has withdrawn from school and will enter the NFL draft, making the decision just weeks after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Auburn senior receiver D'haquille Williams has been dismissed from the team.
Alabama coach Nick Saban took exception with the media's outlook on his team prior to Saturday's win at Georgia, lashing out at those who "buried" the Crimson Tide.
DraftKings and FanDuel continued to defend their integrity after the disclosure that a DraftKings employee won $350,000 with information used in a way that some have likened to inside trading.
Despite a 1-4 start to the season and a 7-11 record since taking over at Texas, coach Charlie Strong has ongoing support from school officials and key boosters, according to several sources.
As much confidence as LSU coach Les Miles expresses in the abilities of his receivers, he has apparently decided to see if the threat of lost playing time sharpens their focus.