Scores

Final

Tenn Tech 31

(2-1, 1-0 OVC)

E Illinois 20

(1-2, 0-1 OVC)

7:30 PM ET, September 17, 2011

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
TNTC 7 17 7 031
EIU 7 0 0 1320

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (EIU) - 301 YDS, 3 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: D. Gay (TNTC) - 24 CAR, 96 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: T. Benford (TNTC) - 8 REC, 124 YDS

Tennessee Tech 31, E. Illinois 20

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Dontey Gay ran for three touchdowns, Tre Lamb passed for 240 yards and another score, and Tennessee Tech beat Eastern Illinois 31-20 Saturday in both teams' Ohio Valley Conference opener.

Gay scored on short runs in each of the first three quarters as the Golden Eagles (2-1) ran off 31 unanswered points. He finished with 96 yards rushing on 24 carries.

After a first-quarter 28-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo to Chris Wright for the game's first score, Eastern Illinois (1-2) sputtered offensively until the fourth. Garoppolo found Wright for another touchdown, this one from 21 yards out, then hit Sam Hendricks with a 4-yarder to pull Eastern Illinois within 31-20. But the Panthers were stopped on their next possession and Tennessee Tech ran out the clock.

The Golden Eagles' defense held the Panthers to just minus-6 net rushing yards. Garoppolo threw for 301 yards but was intercepted three times.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TNTC
EIU
1st Downs1716
Total Yards357295
Passing240301
Rushing117-6
Penalties3-154-29
3rd Down Conversions5-175-15
4th Down Conversions2-32-3
Turnovers04
Possession35:4124:19

Passing Leaders

Tennessee TechC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lamb22/272408.910
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo29/523015.833

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee TechCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gay24964.0322
Olverson11111.0011
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woodson8202.506
Walker100.000

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee TechRECYDSAVGTDLG
Benford812415.5065
Ziegler46015.0025
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Whittaker67312.2024
Ricks66510.8021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTNTCEIU
TD09:48Chris Wright 28 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 07
TD06:13Dontey Gay 1 Yd Run (Zachary Sharp Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERTNTCEIU
FG13:45Zachary Sharp 25 Yd 107
TD04:46Demetrous Garrett 4 Yd Pass From Tre Lamb (Zachary Sharp Kick) 177
TD00:49Dontey Gay 2 Yd Run (Zachary Sharp Kick) 247
THIRD QUARTERTNTCEIU
TD11:20Dontey Gay 2 Yd Run (Zachary Sharp Kick) 317
FOURTH QUARTERTNTCEIU
TD12:48Chris Wright 21 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3113
TD07:51Sam Hendricks 4 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 3120