BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Illinois senior quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was named the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third consecutive week as the Panthers lost in a shootout on Saturday night to last year’s Orange Bowl participant Northern Illinois.
Garoppolo tied the OVC and EIU career record for touchdown passes at 85 joining former Panthers signal caller Tony Romo in that category on both lists. Garoppolo had six touchdown passes as he passed for 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing. He was red hot to open the game hitting 13-of-16 passes for 180 yards with three touchdown passes on EIU’s first three possessions as the Panthers built a 20-0 lead.
Garoppolo leads the FCS ranks in passing and total offense as the Panthers rank first in the nation in total offense. For the year Garoppolo has 20 touchdown passes with only three interceptions. He has passed for 1,731 yards this season. Garoppolo needs 153 passing yards to become the OVC’s career leader in passing. He needs 163 yards to reach the 10,000 mark for his career.The Panthers ranked number eight in last week’s FCS rankings begin defense of their OVC Championship on Saturday with the conference opener against Eastern Kentucky. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. for the Family Weekend game at O’Brien Field.