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Eastern Illinois handles Murray State 37-17

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MURRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Erik Lora passed Jerry Rice on the career receptions list and finished the game third all-time on the FCS list with 305 as Eastern Illinois cruised past Murray State 37-17.

Lora had 10 catches for 94 yards and his touchdown reception in the second quarter gave him the career OVC record with 33.

The Panthers (9-1, 6-0 Ohio Valley) mostly passed the ball to build a commanding lead. They then turned to Shepard Little who finished with 173 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Little's 61-yard run with 6:50 left in the fourth-quarter ended a 17-point run by Murray State (5-5, 3-3).

Jimmy Garoppolo finished with 299 yards passing, his first game of the season throwing for less than 300.

Eastern Illinois remains in the driver's seat for the OVC title.

Parks Frazier finished with 255 yards passing and two touchdowns to lead Murray State.

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