Scores

Final

E Kentucky 7

(2-3, 0-1 OVC)

E Illinois 42

(4-1, 1-0 OVC)

2:30 PM ET, September 28, 2013

O'Brien Stadium, CHARLESTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
EKY 0 0 0 77
EIU 7 28 7 042

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (EIU) - 322 YDS, 3 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Duncan (EIU) - 10 CAR, 48 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Gober (EIU) - 6 REC, 115 YDS, 2 TD

E. Illinois thumps E. Kentucky in OVC opener, 42-7

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns as Eastern Illinois thrashed Eastern Kentucky, 42-7, in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both schools.

Garoppolo, who completed 26 of 39 attempts, combined with Keiondre Gober on 30- and 40-yard touchdown passes in the first and third quarters, respectively, and threw a 21-yard score to Jeff LePak as the Panthers (4-1, 1-0 Ohio Valley) built a 35-0 lead at halftime. EIU was a combined 35 of 52 through the air for 407 yards and four touchdowns.

Anthony Goodman scooped up a Jared McClain fumble and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to cap the first-half rout.

Six runners combined to gain 169 yards on the ground for the Colonels (2-3, 0-1 Ohio Valley), who avoided the shutout with a 14-play, 75-yard drive that saw Caleb Watkins score from the 3 with 3:33 left in the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EKY
EIU
1st Downs1425
Total Yards266519
Passing97407
Rushing169112
Penalties9-659-51
3rd Down Conversions5-1610-19
4th Down Conversions1-32-3
Turnovers41
Possession29:4530:15

Passing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McClain10/21844.001
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo26/393228.331

Rushing Leaders

Eastern KentuckyCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jude9697.7031
Sanders10484.8016
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Duncan10484.8114
Little14392.8010

Receiving Leaders

Eastern KentuckyRECYDSAVGTDLG
Borders33311.0014
Brown22010.0012
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gober611519.2240
Lora7578.1018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREKYEIU
TD06:49Keiondre Gober 30 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick)
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07
SECOND QUARTEREKYEIU
TD12:20Taylor Duncan 1 Yd Run (Cameron Berra Kick)
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014
TD08:23Jeff LePak 21 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick)
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021
TD02:56Ryan Meyer 5 Yd Pass From Erik Lora (Cameron Berra Kick)
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028
TD00:23Anthony Goodman 70 Yd Fumble Return (Cameron Berra Kick)
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035
THIRD QUARTEREKYEIU
TD05:52Keiondre Gober 40 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick)
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042
FOURTH QUARTEREKYEIU
TD03:33Caleb Watkins 3 Yd Run (Luke Pray Kick)
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742