Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to a 55-33 win over visiting Southeast Missouri State Saturday.
Adam Drake, 138 yards with one touchdown and Erik Lora, 131 yards and one TD, were Garoppolo's main targets.
Garoppolo found Lora on a 60-yard scoring strike the first time the Panthers had the ball. On the first play on their next possession Garoppolo found Drake for an 82-yard score to put Eastern Illinois out front 14-0.
The Panthers then went to their ground game as Shephard Little scored three times to give them a 41-20 lead at the half. Little and Taylor Duncan accounted for four touchdowns and 238 rushing yards as Eastern Illinois (6-1, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) amassed 665 total yards.
The Redhawks (1-6, 1-3) scored on a Scott Lathrop to Spencer Davis pass from the 15 to make it 14-6 in the first quarter.
Illinois State 55, Indiana State 14: Marshaun Coprich ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns as Illinois State routed Indiana State.
Illinois State (3-4, 2-2 Missouri Valley) scored on each of its first six drives, taking a 38-0 lead after a 4-yard touchdown run by Coprich in the second quarter. Coprich also ran for a 1-yard score on the Redbirds' first drive of the game and a 72-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Illinois State extended its lead to 45-0 with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Josh Burch on the opening kickoff of the second half.
Blake Winkler tossed two touchdown passes for the Redbirds, including a 50-yarder to Anthony Warrum. Warrum finished with three receptions for 145 yards.
Robert Tonyan Jr. went just 8-for-22 for 69 yards passing for Indiana State (1-6, 0-3) as the Sycamores managed just 174 total yards.
North Dakota St. 31, Southern Illinois 10: John Crockett ran for three third-quarter touchdowns as undefeated North Dakota State roared back from a 10-0 first-half deficit to stampede Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference game.
Kory Faulkner threw 13-yards to LaSteven McKinney in the first quarter and Thomas Kinney booted a 47-yard field goal to stake the Salukis to the 10-0 lead, but only crossed into North Dakota State territory once more the rest of the game. Southern Illinois (4-4, 2-2 MVC) was held to just 227 total yards.
Brock Jensen got the Bison on the board with a 55-yard touchdown pass to Zach Vraa just before halftime and North Dakota State (7-0, 4-0) turned to Crockett in the second half. After rushing four times for 19 yards in the first half, Crockett carried 19 times in the second, rushing for 152 yards and touchdowns on runs of 10, 26 and 30 yards.
Youngstown State 24, Western Illinois 14: Martin Ruiz rushed for 199 yards on 21 carries to lead Youngstown State to a win over Western Illinois.
The Penguins (7-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have now won seven straight conference games over two seasons.
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied 14-all. A 33-yard Joey Cejudo field goal early in the fourth put Youngstown State up 17-14. Western Illinois (3-5, 1-3) drove to Youngstown State's 23 on the next possession, where Nathan Knuffman missed a 40-yard field goal. The Penguins followed that with a 77-yard scoring drive as Kurt Hess found Nate Adams from five yards out for the final score. Ruiz had a 57-yard run on that drive.
Ruiz opened the scoring for Youngstown State when he broke for a 60-yard touchdown run midway of the first quarter. The Leathernecks tied it 7-all in the second quarter on Trenton Norvell's one yard run.