Week five and let’s just say the opening games for each team in the conference has sent waves throughout the conference. The most entertaining game was not in Illinois, but down south in Alabama.
2-3 (0-1 OVC)
4-1 (1-0 OVC)
#8 Eastern Illinois
4-1 (1-0 OVC)
3-2 (1-0 OVC)
#23 UT Martin
3-1 (1-0 OVC)
4-1 (0-1 OVC)
0-4 (0-1 OVC)
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1-3 (0-0 MVFC)
3-2 (0-1 OVC)
Eastern Illinois dominates Eastern Kentucky 42-7
TV: Really it was 42-0 and then Eastern Illinois put in the backups because it was family weekend and Head Coach Dino Babers wanted all the guys to play in front of their family. For the starters families, it was a complete destruction of the Colonels.
The Colonels offense that has been iffy all year, commits four turnovers in scoring range and that lead to three EIU scores including a 70 yard scoop and score. JJ Jude couldn’t match last weeks performance leaving the Colonels wondering if they do have a true feature back and quarterback Jared McClain struggled with the wind completing only 47
EIU starting offense was as dominated as we have seen, getting into Colonel territory on every possession after their opening three and out. Jimmy Garoppolo did break two records, but it was the defense that made the statement.
Tennessee State routs Division II Central State 73-6
TV: In a game that should have never even been on TSU’s schedule, Tennessee State routed a lower division team erupting for 73 points in the process. Seriously a bye week would have been better than this because you don’t learn much from a blowout at all.
Tennessee State had 13 possessions for the game, 10 ended in touchdowns as both Michael German and Ronald Butler threw for three touchdowns each in the beatdown. German was a perfect 8-8 in the game throwing for 159 yards.
Surprisingly the defense did not keep up their interception streak, but they did force two fumbles.
Murray State goes for two in OT and defeats Jacksonville State 35-34
ZW: With over 1,000 yards of offense and 69 points, this series picked up right where if let off. Three second half turnovers and a gutsy two point conversion by Head Coach Chris Hatcher, helped Murray State leave Jacksonville State with their first win at JSU.
Quarterback Maikhail Miller accounted for 243 yards offense and three touchdowns in the win but it was two fourth down conversions in overtime that proved his biggest yards of the game. The Racers found a ground game and erupted for 296 yards, led by Miller who had 134 yards.
Even though the Gamecocks had 650 yards of offense, it still wasn’t enough for the win as three interceptions by Max Shortell in the second half, a mental mistake at the first half, and two field goals doomed the Gamecocks. DeMarcus James rushed for 189 yards and three scores in the game and Shortell threw for 285 yards.
UT Martin defeats SEMO 17-7
TV: Skyhawks score all their points in the first half and then have to endure a comeback attempt by the Redhawks, who drop their seventh consecutive game.
Dylan Favre, who is not the named starting quarterback, saw almost all the action and once again was good enough for the victory. Running back D.J. McNeil set a career high on the night as he went off against the Redhawks for 148 yards in the victory.
The Redhawks would get chances in the second half but could only score once as Ron Coleman went in from two yards out for their only touchdown. Both Scott Lathrop and Kyle Snyder played and threw for 71 yards but combined to complete only 48 percent of their passes.
Tennessee Tech scores in final 90 seconds to defeat Indiana State 38-37.
CB: The “bend but don’t break” defensive mantra on full display in Cookeville last night. Indiana State outgains Tennessee Tech by 290 yards, but three interceptions and series of kicking miscues help the Golden Eagles earn their best win of the season, 38-37.
The miscues started in the first quarter. Leading 6-3, thanks to a blocked extra point, ISU drove to the Golden Eagles seven, but was forced to settle for a field goal. Instead, the kick would be blocked and returned 87 yards by James Hugley for a touchdown. In the second, the Sycamores would be held to field goals on back-to-back possessions after driving inside the TTU 30.
ISU’s offense really got going in the 3rd quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points to take a six point lead. But TTU would drive 77 yards in 4:29 to take a one-point lead with 1:11 remaining. An interception would seal the win for the Golden Eagles.
The defense was solid when it needed to be, but it’s hard to overlook the special teams play. If it weren’t for blocked kicks, this game could have ended out much differently.
The Golden Eagles offense wasn’t especially impressive, but did enough to win. Darian Stone and Jared Davis split reps under center, and both were held to under 100 yards passing. Senior rushing back Bud Golden led the Golden Eagles with 36 yards on the ground, before leaving the game in the second half with an apparent broken leg. That’s a huge loss for TTU going forward, as it will likely be a season-ender.