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Eastern Illinois @ South Dakota State, First Round Playoffs 2012

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BROOKINGS, S.D.--I am at Coughlin-Alumni Stadium for today's first round playoff game between the Ohio Valley Conference champion Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Missouri Valley Conference runner-up South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

And it's rather chilly in the pressbox, I might add. I should have remembered this time of year as it was around this temperature when SDSU played North Dakota State in both team's last Great West game for each team in 2007.

This is the first home postseason game in Brookings at any level for SDSU.

The weather is rather chilly but not unexpected in South Dakota. Temperatures right now are in the upper 20s/lower 30s with a high today to be around 35.

The wind might be the tougher thing to handle with the brisk 20 mph wind and gusts over 30.

That weather might hamper the EIU passing game but should not be much of a factor with the power running for SDSU.

The Jacks have to be the favorite in this game with the home field and field conditions that lean more towards the Jacks type of offense.

But we shall see. The winner of this game will have a chance at #1 seeded North Dakota State next week in Fargo.

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    SDSU will get the ball to start the game. The referees microphone is not working right now so I am not sure if they won the toss.

    The wind as mentioned is brisk out of the south. I am ready for some football to warm up again.
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    The Panther kickoff goes out of the end zone with the aid of the wind. SDSU will start at their own 25.
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    After a pass to start the game, it has been the Zach Zenner show.

    Zenner has four rushes but SDSU is stopped short of their second first down at the EIU 47.

    It will be 4th &1 from there. SDSU looks like the punt team is out there.
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    Great punt into the wind but it goes into the end zone. EIU will start their first drive at their own 20.
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    Quarterback Jimmy Garpopplo hits Jimmy Lera for seven but gets nearly nothing on a run play on 2nd down.

    Eric Lora gets the first down for the Panthers on a gain to their own 33.

    Walker gets two carries for a first down to mid field for the second 1st down for EIU,
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    This is tough to keep up with the no-huddle offense.

    Garoppolo goes deep on a second down play after gain a couple on first down.

    3rd & 8 from the SDSU 34. Garoppolo can't hit Chavar Watkins on the play.

    EIU will go for it on 4th down, 4th & 8. It is a quick punt by Garoppolo and it goes into the end zone for the touchback.

    SDSU takes over at their own 20 with 9:26 left in the 1st qtr with no score so far.
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    Zenner gets the carry for five on first down.

    2nd & 5 at the SDSU 25. Zenner for one on the ground.

    3rd & 4 at the SDSU 26. Austin Sumner goes for his second pass but it is tipped by LeQuince McCall incomplete.

    4th & 4. This punt by Ethan Sawyer is not as good as his first and goes out of bounds at the EIU 49.
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    EIU's Jake Walker gets five on the first down play but a false start sends them back on 2nd down.

    A short four yard pass and then an incomplete pass gives the Panthers a three and out.

    Scott Weatherford's punt goes out of the end zone for a touchback.

    SDSU takes over again at their own 20 with 6:48 left in the opening qtr.
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    1st & 10 at the SDSU 20. Trevor Tiefenhaler with a huge pass play from Sumner to the EIU 41. The pass play goes for 39 yards. He was wide open on the play.
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    1st & 10 from the EIU 41. Zenner gets one on the ground.

    2nd & 9 from the EIU 40. Pass goes too high for Jason Schneider.

    3rd & 9 from the EIU 40. Sumner just gets the pass off out of bounds and SDSU will be punting.

    EIU's Lora fair catches the punt at the Panther 6.
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    1st & 10 at the EIU 6. Kyle Millner gets 3 on the pass play.

    2nd & 7 at the EIU 9. Holding is on EIU and the pass goes incomplete. Penality declined.

    3rd & 7 at the EIU 9. Pass incomplete on a drop.

    Punt is great for 55 yards. It is muffed and recovered at the SDSU 32.

    We have 4:39 left in the opening qtr with still no score.
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    This has been a defensive struggle. I knew SDSU's defense was good but thought their offense would be able to move it better. Of course, the Jacks are going into the stiff wind so this might be helping the EIU defense.
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    1st & 10 at the SDSU 32. Zenner shows why he is the leading rusher in the nation with a 68 yard score on the first play of the drive. PAT is good.

    SDSU 7 EIU 0 with 4:27 left in the 1st qtr.
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    The SDSU kickoff is back to the EIU 11 and returned by Trey Pendergrass to the EIU 26.
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    Walker with the rush and fumbles but gets it back. But Garoppolo throws too high and is intercepted on the next play by Winston Wright to the EIU 23.
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    Zenner back at it on first down with a gain to the 5. First & goal for the Jacks at the EIU 5.

    Zenner gets nothing on the first and goal play.
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    2nd & goal from the EIU 5. RB Reggie Gandy can't handle the Sumner pass on the screen.

    3rd & goal from the EIU 5. Pass is too far out of bounds on the catch, incomplete.

    4th & goal. Syrovatka gets the 22 yard field goal.

    SDSU 10 EIU 0 with 2:25 left in the 1st qtr.
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    Pendergrass gets out to the EIU 32 on the kickoff return.

    Chris Wright with the catch for six on first down.

    2nd & 4. Pass incomplete

    3rd & 4 from the 37. TE Sam Hendricks gets the EIU first down to the EIU 44.
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    Walker gets on one first down and 17 on a nice catch form Lora on 2nd down for another EIU first down to the SDSU 39.
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    Walker with a draw play on 2nd down to the 19.

    Lora gets a first down to the SDSU first down at the SDSU 5.

    Walker gets three to the SDSU 2 as we finish the 1st qtr.

    EIU will have it 2nd & goal at the SDSU 2 when we start the 2nd frame.
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