Scores

Final

E Illinois 30

(7-4, 6-1 OVC)

Cent Arkansas 48

(9-2, 6-1 Southland)

6:00 PM ET, November 17, 2012

Estes Stadium, CONWAY, AR

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 7 16 0 730
CARK 10 14 10 1448

Top Performers

Passing: W. Smothers (CARK) - 335 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Hinton (CARK) - 20 CAR, 87 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Wright (EIU) - 3 REC, 128 YDS, 3 TD

Cent. Arkansas 48, E. Illinois 30

Associated Press

CONWAY, Ark. -- Wynri Smothers threw for 335 yards and four touchdowns as Central Arkansas defeated Eastern Illinois 48-30 in a battle of conference champions Saturday night.

Smothers completed 35 of 49 passes and had TDs of 26, 14, 37 and 6 yards for the Bears (9-2), who finished the regular season with six straight victories and won the Southland Conference.

Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo also threw for four TDs, completing 19 of 33 passes for 228 yards. Garoppolo had scoring throws of 17, 37, 14 and 74 yards for the Panthers (7-4), who won the Ohio Valley Conference.

Erik Lora had nine receptions for 52 yards and a TD for Eastern Illinois, giving him 124 catches to break the Football Championship Subdivision single-season record. He also holds the Ohio Valley Conference record for receiving yards in a season with 1,531.

Both teams had already qualified for the FCS playoffs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
CARK
1st Downs1430
Total Yards297457
Passing228345
Rushing69112
Penalties6-386-55
3rd Down Conversions1-139-19
4th Down Conversions1-13-3
Turnovers33
Possession19:2340:37

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo19/332286.941
Central ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smothers35/493356.840

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker17663.909
Duncan5132.607
Central ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hinton20874.4116
Matthews4164.008

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright312842.7374
Lora9525.8114
Central ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis77510.7121
Grandy77410.6137

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUCARK
TD12:24Chris Wright 17 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 70
TD05:16Jackie Hinton 26 Yd Pass From Wynrick Smothers (Eddie Camara Kick) 77
FG00:52Eddie Camara 48 Yd 710
SECOND QUARTEREIUCARK
TD13:03Chris Wright 37 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Pat Blocked) 1310
TD10:00Terence Bobo 1 Yd Run (Eddie Camara Kick) 1317
TD05:05Dezmin Lewis 14 Yd Pass From Wynrick Smothers (Eddie Camara Kick) 1324
FG03:33Cameron Berra 23 Yd 1624
TD00:51Erik Lora 14 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 2324
THIRD QUARTEREIUCARK
TD07:08Jackie Hinton 1 Yd Run (Eddie Camara Kick) 2331
FG00:48Eddie Camara 25 Yd 2334
FOURTH QUARTEREIUCARK
TD14:07Jesse Grandy 37 Yd Pass From Wynrick Smothers (Eddie Camara Kick) 2341
TD08:04Chris Wright 74 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 3041
TD05:24Chase Dixon 6 Yd Pass From Wynrick Smothers (Eddie Camara Kick) 3048