Week 5 brought excitement to the Ohio Valley Conference as conference play began for 6 of the ten teams, with two playing non-conference games.
It was another record breaking week for Eastern Illinois quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as EIU beat Eastern Kentucky 42 to 7 at home.
Garoppolo’s touchdown pass to Keiondre Gober in the first quarter made him the EIU and OVC career leader in touchdown passes, moving past former EIU and current Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Garoppolo now has 88 career toucdown passes and 23 already this season.
Early in the second quarter, Garoppolo passed Murray State’s Casey Brockman to become the career passing leader in the OVC. He became the 30th player in FCS history to eclipse the 10,000 mark and finished the day Saturday with 10,159 after passing for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns.
EIU had a 35-0 lead at halftime over the Colonels, who were picked to finish 2nd in the conference and are now 2-3 and 0-1 in OVC play. The #5 Panthers are 4-1 and 1-0 in OVC play.
#22 UT Martin traveled to SEMO and defeated the Redhawks 17-7. The Skyhawks jumped out to a early 17-0 halftime lead, after the defense held their third consecutive FCS opponent scoreless in the first half.
The Skyhawks defense have held their opponents 38-0 in the first half this season. Dylan Favre went 11-16 for 118 yards and a touchdown. The Redhawks did score with 6:17 left in the ballgame to bring it within two scores.
Tennessee State beat Central State 73-6. The Tigers had a season-high 539 yards in total offense with 311 of those yards coming on the ground. TSU scored touchdowns on 10 of their 13 possessions.
The two coaches decided on a 12 minute 4th quarter, but the Tigers would still score 9 points.
Tennessee Tech beat Indiana State 38-37 with a game winning drive by TTU Redshirt quarterback Jared Davis. Davis came off the bench to lead a 11 play- 77 yard drive to win the game.
TTU was up 24-12 at halftime and ISU outscored the Golden Eagles 22-7 in the third quarter and put up 18 unanswered points to climb on top, 37-31 early in the fourth quarter.
Indiana State’s all-American tailback, Shakir Bell, who rushed for 201 yards and a touchdown and also caught a team-high six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. Bell also surpassed 4,000 career rushing yards in the contest. ISU quarterback Mike Perish passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns as the Sycamores rolled up 554 yards of offense.
Tech blocked 3 kicks in the game, that proved to be a difference maker. Tech only managed 264 yards of total offense and still won the game due to the Golden Eagle Defense.