Jacksonville St. 28, E. Illinois 21
Washaun Ealey rushed for 155 yards and Calvin Middleton ran for
two 1-yard touchdowns Saturday night as Jacksonville State held off
Eastern Illinois 28-21 in an Ohio Valley Conference game.
Ealey, a transfer from the University of Georgia, carried 24
times and accounted for more than half of Jacksonville State’s 294
yards rushing. The Gamecocks (3-1, 2-0) also got 96 yards on the
ground from Middleton. After each team scored a touchdown in each
of the first three quarters, Middleton’s 1-yard burst in the fourth
period gave Jacksonville State the victory.
Eastern Illinois (1-3, 0-2) got a fine passing performance from
Jimmy Garoppolo. He completed 20 of 32 attempts for 214 yards and
two touchdowns. But Garoppolo was also intercepted twice. His
counterpart, Gamecocks quarterback Coty Blanchard, hit on 13 of 19
passes for 121 yards and two short touchdowns, one each to Justin
Howard and Trey Smith.