Quentin Sims caught two touchdowns and Jason McNair ran for 111 yards as Tennessee-Martin defeated Eastern Illinois 24-23 on Saturday.
Sims hauled in a 24-yard pass from Derek Carr in the second quarter, and the two hooked up again from 12 yards out for the go-ahead score with 11:02 remaining in the game to put the Skyhawks (4-3, 3-2 Ohio Valley) up 24-20. Carr finished with 124 yards passing while completing 12 of 21 attempts.
Eastern Illinois (1-7, 0-6), which lost its seventh straight game, got a 24-yard field goal from Cameron Berra with 7:56 remaining to pull within one point. But the Panthers' final drive was stopped when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fumbled on a fourth-and-12 play with 1:46 left.
Garoppolo completed 27 of 36 passes for 294 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers' running game accounted for minus-5 yards.