Scores

Final

UT Martin 24

(4-3, 3-2 OVC)

E Illinois 23

(1-7, 0-6 OVC)

2:30 PM ET, October 22, 2011

O'Brien Stadium, Charleston, IL

1 2 3 4 T
UTM 0 10 7 724
EIU 7 0 6 1023

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (EIU) - 294 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: J. McNair (UTM) - 17 CAR, 111 YDS

Receiving: Q. Sims (UTM) - 4 REC, 57 YDS, 2 TD

UT-Martin 24, E. Illinois 23

Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Ill. -- Quentin Sims caught two touchdowns and Jason McNair ran for 111 yards as Tennessee-Martin defeated Eastern Illinois 24-23 on Saturday.

Sims hauled in a 24-yard pass from Derek Carr in the second quarter, and the two hooked up again from 12 yards out for the go-ahead score with 11:02 remaining in the game to put the Skyhawks (4-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley) up 24-20. Carr finished with 124 yards passing while completing 12 of 21 attempts.

Eastern Illinois (1-7, 0-6), which lost its seventh straight game, got a 24-yard field goal from Cameron Berra with 7:56 remaining to pull within one point. But the Panthers' final drive was stopped when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled on a fourth-and-12 play with 1:46 left.

Garoppolo completed 27 of 36 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers' running game accounted for minus-5 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTM
EIU
1st Downs1318
Total Yards278289
Passing124294
Rushing154-5
Penalties4-353-20
3rd Down Conversions4-129-17
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers12
Possession23:1836:42

Passing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carr12/211245.920
Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo27/362948.230

Rushing Leaders

Tennessee-MartinCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNair171116.5024
Barksdale12383.2115
Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Walker12262.2012
Woodson6-2-0.303

Receiving Leaders

Tennessee-MartinRECYDSAVGTDLG
Sims45714.3224
Jones23015.0022
Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright56513.0125
Whittaker7568.0013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTMEIU
TD01:41Chris Wright 25 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERUTMEIU
FG12:31Cody Sandlin 29 Yd 37
TD02:36Quentin Sims 24 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Cody Sandlin Kick) 107
THIRD QUARTERUTMEIU
TD10:11Von Wise 14 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1013
TD05:09Tevin Barksdale 1 Yd Run (Cody Sandlin Kick) 1713
FOURTH QUARTERUTMEIU
TD13:22Sam Hendricks 12 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 1720
TD11:02Quentin Sims 12 Yd Pass From Derek Carr (Cody Sandlin Kick) 2420
FG07:56Cameron Berra 24 Yd 2423