Unlike the first two months of the season where we said the OVC seemed locked to have two team into the FCS playoffs, the cannibalism of the conference is taking place. Two weeks ago we said it would be TSU who had to run the table, then EKU, and now we are left questioning maybe JSU. Needless to say this week, was interesting.
Eastern Illinois holds on against Murray State 37-17
Panthers get up 30-0 midway through the third quarter against Murray State who was starting their backup/new starter. The Racers come alive and score 17 straight points but it is the Panthers ground game that comes away with the win as Jimmy Garoppolo, Taylor Duncan and Shepard Little combine for over 300 yards on the ground. After the game, EIU Head Coach Dino Babers had a great comment when asked about being nervous when the team allowed 17 straight points. “My livelihood depends on the actions of 18 and 19-year olds, so I’m always nervous.” Classic Babers. For a full recap check out our team report.
Stone runs wild for Golden Eagles who defeat SEMO 41-16
Tennessee Tech has had injury issues all year, especially with quarterback Darian Stone. This week a fully healthy Stone beat the Redhawks singlehandedly but not like a normal quarterback. Stone only threw for 135 yards but had 162 yards with his feet scoring three touchdowns. For the Redhawks who were coming off a narrow victory against a Division II opponent, it seems the carry over from the “big” Murray State win is over.
Tennessee State stuffs Austin Peay 31-6
We all knew TSU is good at defense and that Austin Peay isn’t the best offense so what happens? The Govs only pick up 92 yards of offense, that works out right? The Tigers victory gives them the Sgt. York trophy this season. The Sgt. York Trophy goes to the winner of the quadrangular season football series between the four OVC football-playing schools located in the state of Tennessee. The Tigers rush for 146 yards, getting two scores from Telvin Hooks.
Gamecocks destroy Eastern Kentucky 68-10
When I mentioned in the opening the chaos of the OVC, this was the game I was pointing too. The Colonels were coming off a blowout win over the best defense in the OVC and had realistic chances of making the FCS playoffs. Three fumbles from quarterback Jared McClain, and the Colonels are at four losses on the season. The Gamecocks ran all day on the Colonels putting up seven touchdowns on runs.
For a full story of this blowout, check out our team report.
UT Martin falls to Memphis 21-6
The Skyhawks couldn’t get the magic like they had last season when they defeated Memphis and got our attention. UT Martin only gets 286 yards on the ground but wide receiver Jeremy Butler was one of the bright spots racking up 95 of the 123 Skyhawk passing yards. Running back Abou Toure did have a career day on the ground putting up 113 yards on 17 carries in the game.