Jimmy Garoppolo threw four touchdowns to lead Eastern Illinois to a crushing 34-16 victory over Tennessee State in a shootout for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference on Saturday night.
Eastern Illinois (7-1, 4-0 OVC) had 567 total offensive yards. Garoppolo was 24-of-41 for 410 yards. Wide receivers Keiondre Gober and Jeff LePak each had over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Shephard Little ran for 138 yards and a touchdown.
The Panthers held Tennessee State (7-2, 4-1) to a single field goal until early in the fourth quarter when the Tigers' Ronald Butler connected with Weldon Garlington for a touchdown to tighten the score to 28-10. Eastern Illinois expanded their lead on a 25-yard Garoppolo TD pass to LePak but missed the extra point.
TSU mounted one last scoring drive with five minutes left in the game, culminating in another Butler TD pass and a 34-10 final.
Missouri St. 38, Western Illinois 27: Ashton Glaser threw for one touchdown and rushed for two more as Missouri State posted a victory and a season-high score against Western Illinois.
Glaser threw a TD pass to Julian Burton for the first score of the game, and later ran in for a TD to end the first quarter. A short 1-yard TD run by Glaser late in the third gave the Bears (3-6, 3-2 MVC) a more comfortable lead at 35-20 after a touchdown by Western Illinois had brought the game within 8.
Trenton Norvell threw four touchdown passes spread between three receivers, accounting for every score for the Leathernecks (3-6, 1-4). Norvell ended with 269 yards passing and two interceptions.
Missouri State's Caleb Schaffitzel, named last week's MVC Defensive Player of the Week, ended Western Illinois' last possession with an interception in the fourth quarter for his third straight game.
Illinois St. 28, South Dakota 14: Blake Winkler only completed nine passes, but three of them were for touchdowns as Illinois State beat South Dakota.
Winkler would open the scoring by finding Corey Shandrick for a 33-yard touchdown in the first quarter. South Dakota (4-4, 3-2 Missouri Valley) responded as Jordan's Roberts' 22-yard run capped a 91-yard touchdown drive.
Winkler found Phil Dudley from 43 yards and Scott Kuehn from 35 yards to give the Redbirds (4-4, 3-2) a 21-7 half time lead.
Marshaun Coprich finished with 108 yards and a touchdown on 34 carries for the Redbirds. Winkler went 9 of 20 for 181 yards and also threw two interceptions.
South Dakota's Kevin Earl, who accounted for five touchdowns last week, was held largely in check. He went 22 of 47 for 256 yards and a score while rushing for 30 yards on six carries. He also threw two interceptions.