CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns on 399 yards passing, guiding Eastern Illinois to a 56-21 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.
The Panthers (8-1, 5-0 Ohio Valley Conference) maintained sole possession of first place in the conference, handing Tennessee Tech (3-7, 0-6) its fifth loss in a row.
Garoppolo had four touchdown passes for the sixth time this season, including two first-quarter touchdown passes to Erik Lora. The Panthers built a 28-7 halftime advantage before adding four more touchdowns in the second half.
Lora caught 12 passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the game.
The special teams unit also produced offense for Eastern Illinois, as Shepard Little returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Lora added a punt return touchdown of 80 yards in the third quarter.
Jared Davis threw three touchdowns on 183 yards passing to lead the Golden Eagles.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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