Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois

Northern Illinois outlasts Eastern Illinois 43-39


DEKALB, Ill. (AP) Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory on Saturday night.

Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo's school career record of 85 TD throws.

Garoppolo's pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining.

NIU's Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed 8 yards for a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01.

The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo TD passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime.

Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd straight home game, best in the nation.

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Scoring Summary
EILErik Lora 14 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (failed 2pt pass)
EILAdam Drake 43 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra kick)
EILKeiondre Gober 13 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra kick)
NILLCameron Stingily 5 yd run (missed kick)
NILLCameron Stingily 5 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLLuke Eakes 3 yd pass from Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims kick)
NILLMathew Sims 18 yd FG
NILLKeith Harris 9 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
EILErik Lora 33 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (failed 2pt rush)
NILLMathew Sims 33 yd FG
EILAdam Drake 15 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra kick)
NILLMathew Sims 37 yd FG
EILErik Lora 10 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (missed kick)
NILLKeith Harris 8 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2731
Third Down Efficiency7-166-13
Fourth Down Efficiency2-42-2
Plays-Net Yards83-57782-602
Passing Yds450235
Kick Return Yds11471
Punt Return Yds0-2
Time of Poss.28:331:57
Individual Stats
EIL: Shepard Little 12-81, Taylor Duncan 13-64, Kamu Grugier-Hill 1-4, Jimmy Garoppolo 8--22
NILL: Jordan Lynch 23-189, Cameron Stingily 21-134, Keith Harris 6-25, Tommylee Lewis 1-12, Matt McIntosh 1-7
EIL: Jimmy Garoppolo 34-49-450-2
NILL: Jordan Lynch 21-30-235-2
EIL: Erik Lora 14-198, Adam Drake 8-137, Jeff LePak 5-68, Taylor Duncan 3-25, Keiondre Gober 2-18, Ryan Meyer 1-7, Shepard Little 1--3
NILL: Tommylee Lewis 9-82, Da'Ron Brown 7-99, Luke Eakes 2-24, Desroy Maxwell 1-15, Cameron Stingily 1-9, Keith Harris 1-6

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